Competencies and Academic Standards Exchange® (CASE®)


  • An IMS technical standard. It is designed to describe learning goals and evaluation criteria (rubrics), such as information contained in the curriculum and syllabus, and the composition of curriculum standards and competency models.


  • A relatively new standard. The latest version is  CASE 1.0 released in 2017.


  • It is not a PDF or HTML document, but a technical standard for making it syntactically and semantically “machine-readable”. It is expected to realize automatic processing by a machine .



CASE Reserach Group


What is CASE?

IMS CASE (Competencies and Academic Standards Exchange) is a technical standard for learning goals and evaluation criteria (rubrics). Information can be described in a Machine-readable format and given an identifier that is unique in the world. It is powerful not only when describes curriculum standards, syllabuses, and skill standards, but when utilize metadata of learning records (IMS Caliper Analytics), digital credentials (IMS Open Badge version 2, IMS Comprehensive Learner Records) and content distribution (IMS Common Cartridge, IMS LTI Resource Search). It should be an indispensable element for the establishment of Japan's learning / education digital ecosystems in which learning / educational supports are automatized with AI (Artificial Intelligence) and IoT (Internet of Things).


CASE and CASE Network

While IMS CASE is a technical standard, CASE Network means a real set of curriculum standards (or skill standards, syllabus, evaluation criteria, etc.) which are described in CASE and a community of stakeholders who share them. As of April 2021, the North American CASE Network is the only example, but it is possible to make different CASE Networks at school levels (such as elementary and secondary education, higher education, lifelong learning, recurrent education), at subjects and academic fields (such as Science and English), or at regions and districts (that is, localization). There is a possibility that a CASE Network will appear in Japan reflecting regional characteristics and needs (note that the consortium that uses CASE standards does not have to call itself "CASE Network", so it may be invisible). Products used in the upcoming learning / education digital ecosystems will be requested interoperability using multiple technical standards. For example, IMS Open Badge version 2 compliant digital badges also use LTI when exchanged between badge repositories and use CASE when identifying the accomplishments certified. CASE Network can be regarded as a dissemination model that designs digital ecosystem from the learning goals and objectives in top-down fashion.


CASE Research Group in Japan

・ Through the activities of the research group, we will study CASE and share outcomes, and promote exchanges among stakeholders toward shaping Japanese CASE Network.

・ There are Higher Education/Lifelong Learning Taskforce and Elementary and Secondary Education Taskforce. We Plan to make other taskforces at the requests from the members.

・ We hold an open seminar every one/two months. The first seminar was held on March 30, 2021.

・ Regular activities are conducted on Slack (only registered members can participate in)

・ In order to accept a wide range of stakeholders, anyone can join in free of charge. 


How to participate

・ Both individuals and institutions can join.

・ Please send your name, affiliation, title, and contact e-mail address to the address below.

CASE Research Group Secretariat (Responsible: Tsuneo Yamada, Yorito Tanaka, and Shigeo Fujiwara)   



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