WCET's 29th Annual Meeting
Credential Transparency: Clearly Articulating Value to All Stakeholders

Speaker: , VP, Design and Innovation, Learning Objects
Moderator: , VP, Design and Innovation, Learning Objects
Speaker: , Associate Director, Center for Workforce Development, Southern Illinois University
Speaker: , Vice President, Product Management, IMS Global Learning Consortium


What makes credentials valuable, how does that value vary for different stakeholders, what constitutes quality, and how are credentials connected to each other and to opportunities for the people who have earned them? Lack of transparency on these critical points is causing confusion and mistrust among educational institutions, learners, and employers as credentialing ecosystems rapidly evolve to meet the needs of our knowledge economy. Credential Engine, IMS Global, and others are collaborating to provide practical approaches and open standards for improving credential transparency. Credential Engine is a non-profit organization providing the open-licensed Credential Registry, Credential Transparency Description Language, and search application WorkIt. IMS is a non-profit member collaborative developing open standards for educational technology interoperability, including Extended Transcripts and Open Badges. Together we can help educational institutions improve the communication of competencies in their credentials; learners make decisions about which credentials to pursue; employers signal what credentials they endorse; and government agencies promote valuable, relevant credentials.