Mapping Learning & Employment Records (LERs)

Overview

The Digital Credentials Consortium (DCC), hosted at MIT Open Learning, is partnering with NationSwell (a B Corp dedicated to providing essential support to impact-driven leaders and organizations through a unique membership community and leading impact studio) and a number of organizations to map the Learning and Employment Records (LERS).  The initiative, launched in early 2023, seeks to increase the uptake of digital learning and employment records.

Digital LERs contain verifiable information about a person’s achievements and skills. These can include diplomas, transcripts, industry certifications, or licenses that are gained through both formal and informal education and in the workplace. LERs have the potential to increase access to career pathways and make learning, career, and life transitions more equitable. But there are many barriers in the way of adoption. Many of these were highlighted in DCC’s 2022 report, Credentials to Employment: The Last Mile. These include:

  1. Ensuring interoperability across emerging standards
  2. Connecting with existing trust providers such as accreditation bodies
  3. Developing tools that make it easier to issue standard credentials in digital formats.

One of the key recommendations from the “Last Mile” report was to take a more coordinated ecosystem approach towards widespread adoption. The initiative is interviewing a wide range of stakeholders and holding workshops to ensure that a variety of perspectives are represented.

The map is designed as a living document so it can be continually updated.

Partners

Digital Credentials Consortium (DCC) hosted at MIT Open Learning; American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO); Brookings Institution; Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN); Digital Promise; Jobs For The Future (JFF); National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB); National Governors Association (NGA); T3 Innovation Network (initiative by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation); Society for Resource Management Foundation (SHRM); Walmart

Resources

digitalcredentials@mit.edu

https://medium.com/open-learning/mapping-the-ler-ecosystem-to-drive-adoption-and-collaboration-in-service-of-learners-and-earners-5f837d59d896

See LER Ecosystem Map launched September 2023

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