Learning Impact Trend Framework

We use a framework of forward-moving technology trends to assess and analyze the digital learning landscape.

The purpose of this report is to take stock of where things stand with respect to the innovation trend categories that have come to the forefront through the awards process.

Trend categories identify and track leading-edge concepts—in some cases identified several years before they become mainstream. The Learning Impact Awards look for evidence that innovation is “crossing the chasm” into mainstream market adoption.

Currently, there are 17 trends grouped into three main categories.

IMS revises the framework when needed to reflect the complex and evolving edtech landscape.

Advancing Teaching & Learning Innovation

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Advancing Learning Environment Infrastructure

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Advancing Educational Insight, Attainment & Planning

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The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated trends that we've been seeing for years in the Learning Impact program.

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