C-BEN Report: Interoperable Learning & Employment Records - Where knowledge and skills are transparent, accessible and easily shared

Last Updated: 03/12/2024

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In April 2023, the Competency-based Education Network (C-BEN) issued a report, Interoperable Learning & Employment Records - Where knowledge and skills are transparent, accessible, and easily shared. The report includes a common set of principles that can guide actions in the movement to Learning and Employment Records (LERs) by key decision-makers who provide education and training to millions of Americans each year, including policymakers, state and federal agencies, philanthropy, employers, colleges and universities, K-12 district leaders, workforce agencies, and military branches.

The report identifies seven Principles for Interoperability:

  1. Open Standards - Data included in LERs are formatted using a standard structure, allowing for easy exchange between individuals, education, and employment.
  2. Privacy & Security - Systems protect the privacy and security of individuals’ data, which, in turn, builds and maintains trust in LERs.
  3. Unlock Learning Anywhere - Learning is lifelong, and quality learning can occur outside of the classroom. Interoperable LERs honor the value of all learning and offer processes for validating a wide range of learning, skills, and competencies.
  4. Universal Access - Interoperable LERs are user-centered and ensure every potential user has access to and control of a digital wallet to store, manage, and curate LERs.
  5. Alignment - All stakeholders, including employers, states, and local, regional, and federal agencies, are aligned, intentionally collaborating to support and ensure fidelity to interoperability principles.
  6. Public and Private Partnerships Creating Public Good - A healthy marketplace is cultivated and regulated to both encourage innovation and ensure that the benefits of interoperable LERs are shared by all stakeholders.
  7. Global Mobility - Interoperable LERs support learners’ mobility by functioning in local, regional, state, national, and global talent marketplaces.

The report notes that many other aspects not addressed in these principles are important to accomplishing the goals for LERs, such as technology adoption among institutions and individuals, data quality, focus on digital skills, usability, and organization workflows. The principles do not address how the adopting organizations may seek to distinguish themselves in the marketplace.


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