1EdTech Announces Major Improvements in Educational Credentials

1EdTech members to present Open Badges 3.0 and CLR Standard 2.0 at Digital Credentials Summit 2023

Early adopters of Open Badges 3.0 and CLR Standard 2.0 will showcase their products at 1EdTech’s Digital Credentials Summit in Dallas, Texas, from February 27 to March 1. Edtech suppliers interested in implementing the new standards will also have access to open implementation guides and the certification suite.

Digital credentials with open standards from the 1EdTech community are learner-controlled, skills-based, and always interoperable. A recent report from 1EdTech and Credential Engine shows the use of 1EdTech’s Open Badges reached more than 74 million globally, illustrating the value and growth of our digital credentials worldwide.

“Existing educational transcripts and paper-based credentials typically come up short in terms of enabling opportunity and better hiring. Digital credentials, based on open standards from 1EdTech, make it easy for institutions to award credit, learners to curate their achievements, and employers to find great matches for what they need,” said 1EdTech CEO Dr. Rob Abel. “From individual accomplishments and experiences to entire degrees, learner accomplishments and skills can be presented and verified electronically and quickly. The latest releases from 1EdTech are a quantum leap forward in terms of ensuring compatibility across the most used standards that enable talent marketplaces of the future.”

The just-released versions of the 1EdTech standards provide support for Verifiable Credentials, as defined by The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), an international community that develops open standards to ensure the long-term growth of the Web. The updates also align the two 1EdTech standards more exactly with each other and will allow suppliers to provide digital credentials that are more easily shared between wallets.

“AwardAssured has adopted the Digital Credentials standards from 1EdTech (CLR 2.0 and Open Badges 3.0) because it benefits our business, our clients, and their learners,” said AwardAssured CEO Chris Booth. “Conformance to these standards can deliver digital credentials that can be universally adopted, trusted, and verified. What we love about this technology is that it keeps the learner at the center, in control of their learning. We see this technology as a crucial enabler that will bridge the worlds of formal education and continued professional learning.”

“As a company, Territorium is committed to providing innovative solutions that meet the needs of our clients. By actively working to implement the CLR 2.0 and Open Badges 3.0 standards, we are demonstrating our dedication to staying at the forefront of industry best practices,” said Joe Green, vice president of product strategy for Territorium. “These standards not only promote interoperability with other service providers but also allow for seamless integration, making it more convenient for learners to access their records and credentials. This focus on implementing standards further reinforces our commitment to providing adaptable, scalable, and desirable solutions to meet the evolving needs of our clients.”

“RANDA has supported CLR alignment with VC from the beginning,” said RANDA Solutions CEO Marty Reed. “We are excited to see how far and how quickly the workgroup has aligned on a path forward. We see the CLR standard leading the acceleration of adoption through increased interoperability and cross-standard exchangeability.”

All of 1EdTech’s standards are open and available on 1EdTech’s website. Open Badges may be found here, and the CLR Standard™ may be found here.

About 1EdTech
1EdTech (formerly IMS Global Learning Consortium) is a member-based non-profit community partnership of leading educational providers at all levels, government organizations, and edtech suppliers working together to enable better digital teaching and learning. This unique collaboration establishes the connectivity that accelerates an open, innovative, and trusted education ecosystem in which products work together to enable better learning. Together, we power learner potential. 1EdTech hosts the annual Learning Impact conference and other engagement opportunities to advance the leadership and ideas that shape the future of learning. 1EdTech is supported by an affiliated public charity, the 1EdTech Foundation, that puts philanthropic funds to work for our cause. Visit our website at 1edtech.org.

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