Rob Abel


Rob Abel is an education industry leader focused on the role of technology in enabling transformation to new educational models. In February 2006 he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the IMS Global Learning Consortium, a non-profit organization that provides advocacy for advancement of technology to improve access, affordability and quality of education worldwide. IMS is also a leading technical standards setting body in the global education and learning segment. IMS has grown over 4x and created the annual Learning Impact program under Rob's leadership. Rob also previously founded the Alliance for Higher Education Competitiveness to research best practices that enable transformation. He was previously Senior Vice President of Client Services and Chief Marketing Officer at Collegis (later Sungard Higher Education and Ellucian). Prior to his work at Collegis Rob was Senior Director of Online Learning products and serrvices at Oracle. Rob spent 20 years as a leader in the silicon valley high tech segment. He has degrees from Fielding Graduate University, Stanford University, USC and Carnegie-Mellon University.

EDUCAUSE Publications

  • 7 Things You Should Know About Caliper
    • Briefs, Case Studies, Papers, Reports
    • Contributor

    Caliper is a standard that enables the collection, storage, and transport of data about learning. Sponsored by the IMS Global Learning Consortium, Caliper provides an information model that describes concepts, entities, and relationships.

  • Foundations: Past and Future
    • Article
    • Author

    The idea that education technology should be plug & play via an interoperable foundation is rapidly becoming mainstream.

EDUCAUSE Presentations