Competency-Based Education and Extended Transcripts: IMS Global Learning Consortium Enabling Better Digital Credentialing

Deborah Everhart, Lea, Jeff Grann, Mark Leuba, Joellen Shendy, IMS Global, May 22, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

In a nutshell: "IMS initiatives in digital credentialing enable interoperable competency ecosystems and empower institutions to award credentials beyond the traditional transcript." In addition, "The prevalence of informal and community learning on the web, a renewed appreciation for the value of service learning, and recognition of workplace and experiential learning are all expanding conceptions of what could/should be included in a person’s learning record." Organizations working with IMS on this include collegiate registrars and AACRAO, the Competency Based Education Network C-BEN, and the Badge Alliance. The competency data model itself includes four key data elements:

  • competency hierarchy - these "help institutions sustain coherent programming across many technology tools."
  • competency type - these "empower institutions to control and clearly communicate their curricular models."
  • competency code - this "is a logical reference to the full competency statement."
  • competency scores - this "enables institutions to report student-level competency scores based on the institution’s assessment strategy."

The idea is "to support an extended transcript for CBE as well as general interoperability among higher education institutional systems." There is a working prototype showing how an extended transcript might be displayed in a web browser. The next task to to see widespread adoption, implementation in learning technology, testing and evaluation. 9 page PDF.

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