Credential Transparency Initiative - Orientation for Registry Partners

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Information about Credential Transparency Initiative - Orientation for Registry Partners

Published on November 23, 2016

Author: CTItechnical


1. Orientation for Registry Partners September 2016

2. Today’s credentialing market is a confusing maze of degrees, certifications, certificates, licenses, badges and other microcredentials. Students, job seekers, workers, and employers all struggle to understand. . • What do these credentials mean? • What knowledge and skills stand behind them? • How do they relate to each other . . . to learning and performance . . . to employability? CTI has developed a web-based system that enables easy access to comparable information about all kinds of credentials. Today’s Credentialing Marketplace: A Confusing Maze 2

3. CTI is led by: With support from: Strategic direction from: • American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) • American Council on Education (ACE) • Business Roundtable • Committee for Economic Development of the Conference Board • The Manufacturing Institute • University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Key Stakeholders 3

4. Vision & Goals: Coherent & Transparent Credentialing Market Develop common terms (Credential Transparency Description Language - CTDL) for describing key features of: • Credentials • Credentialing Organizations • Quality Assurance (QA) bodies Create and populate a voluntary, web- based credential registry with credential issuers and QA bodies; bring the registry to scale under non- profit governance Develop and evaluate Directory Search App to facilitate use of the registry by stakeholders and foster a competitive application marketplace*. 4 *The credential registry, descriptors, and applications will all be open-source.

5. What does the market (employers, students, job seekers, workers, etc.) need to know about credentials? • The registry will include degrees, certificates, industry certifications, occupational licenses, and microcredentials • Currently, there is no common way to describe credentials; the credential and QA descriptors will establish a common language that will allow institutions to designate competencies, connections, QA status, labor market outcomes, and more. Who will generate this information? • Partner organizations will post info on their websites in a formal language that ensures comparability: • Universities and community colleges that award certificates, AA degrees, BA/BS degrees • Orgs that award industry certifications, certificates, & credentials such as licenses and badges • QA bodies that accredit, recognize, approve, or endorse credentialing organizations How will this info get from registry partner websites to users? • The decentralized, open registry uses Web 3.0 technologies to access and aggregate data • Software apps will enable users to search for and view data according to their criteria • Open applications marketplace will generate competition, leading to better apps A Credential Registry of Comparable Information 5

6. July 2016 – December 2016 Pilot, add more partners, evaluate results & fine- tune prototype Registry & Credential Directory App, begin scale up effort Work with 2-3 state partners to demonstrate state applications Jan 1 2017 - June 2017 Scale-up with registry partners, with assistance as needed July 2017 - forward Operated by new nonprofit board & advisory groups; maintain/scale up CTI Project Work Plan: Transitioning to Scale 6

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9. Establishing a Common Language: Credential Transparency Description Language (CTDL) V1.0 Declaring Name, Purpose and Type of Credential and Credentialing Organization  Credentialing Organization Identification  Credential Organization Type  Credential Identification  Credential Type  Purpose of the Credential  Where Credentialing Is Offered Declaring What Is Inside the Credential  Credentialing Eligibility Requirements  Competencies/Learning Outcomes Required to Attain the Credential  Assessments Required to Attain the Credential  Education and Training for the Credential  Time Required to Attain the Credential  Credentialing Costs  Maintaining the Credential  Credential Removal  Credential Holder Authentication  Version Management  Employer Engagement Declaring Other Key Characteristics and Connections  Primary Scope of Application: Subject/Discipline Area  Primary Scope of Application: Career Preparation and Advancement  Role of Occupational Regulation and Licensing  Geographic Portability of Credential Use  Connections to Other Credentials  Career Pathway Connections  External Quality Assurances  Employer Recognition  Number and Characteristics of Credential Holders  Employment and Earnings of Credential Holders 9

10. Establishing a Common Language: Credential Transparency Description Language (CTDL) V1.0 Purpose & Scope of the QA Body  Type of QA body  Main purpose  Missions/Objectives  What is accredited, endorsed, approved, recognized?  How is the QA used?  Primary geographic scope  Maximum period of the approval, recognition, endorsement, accreditation?  Year body began operating QA Process  Activities used to assess a credential in the QA process  Process used to validate the quality criteria?  Quality criteria/standards/require ments used in the QA process  Outcomes reviewed as part of the QA process  Stakeholders involved in developing the quality criteria  Criteria for selecting and evaluating assessors/reviewers? Public Information about QA Decisions  Types of decisions made and how they are defined  Directory of accredited/approved/recogniz ed/endorsed providers and their current status  Information about the QA body made public with request  Information about the QA body made public without request Additional Info  General Info  Policies and procedures for managing conflicts of interest, complaints, appeals  External recognition 10

11. Participating as a Registry Partner 11 • Minimum participation includes identification of technical and credential staff to communicate with CTI staff who will: • Sign the Partner Acknowledgement agreement and choose at least one credential to be included • Provide access to the credential or QA information and confirm accuracy • Participate in Partner Feedback & Update webinars • Examine your website and current information formats used on the site to determine how to move forward with a linked data format • Participate in evaluation survey • Prepare for transition as a registry partner who puts their credential/QA information on the registry with minimal technical oversight • Optional ways that registry partners could go beyond minimum participation with CTI: • Submit your credential app ideas and provide feedback on the Credential Registry and Directory design and development iterations • Make changes to your website and web formats to enhance credential transparency • Prepare for transition as a registry partner who puts their credential/QA information on the registry with minimal technical oversight

12. Be at the forefront of a groundbreaking technology effort driving the new credentialing ecosystem Gain greater visibility to a vast market of students, employers and others Demonstrate a commitment to credential and QA transparency Receive a suite of services beneficial to their short- and long-term technology planning, including: • technical and non-technical materials • information about Web 3.0 technologies • a personalized roadmap document showing where they are now and what steps can be taken to enable the W3C vision for Linked Data Influence the initiative by providing feedback throughout the process Benefits of Participating as a Registry Partner 12

13. Moving to a Web of Linked Data: Improving Your Web Formats Google, shopping, job posting, and travel aggregators use common terminology (metadata) that has been accepted as a web standard (e.g., W3C vision and guidelines for moving the World Wide Web from a web of linked documents to a web of “linked data.” Using consistent metadata for key features (descriptors) of credentials will enable new ways of finding, comparing, and using credential information. 13

14. Raise awareness and understanding of the vision for transparent credential and related assessment information. Provide guidance to credentialing organizations on how to publish information through a wide variety of common formats. Provide data in a machine- readable, structured format with the transition from proprietary to non-proprietary formats. Provide data using standards recommended by the W3C. Open and linked structured data. Roadmap to Open, Linked, Structured Data CTI staff will provide a roadmap on how to transform current formats to enable ongoing updates to the registry and to optimize web formats based on the World Wide Web Consortiums (W3C) specifications for Linked Data. 14

15. Partners Receive Services • Conversion of credential or QA information to machine and human readable/comparable formats • Credential or QA information published to the Credential Registry. • Early access to the Credential Directory App, WORKIT. • Personalized “Roadmap” document showing steps that can be taken to enable the W3C vision for Linked Data How Partners Participate • Provide access to technical and credential staff • Provide early access to credential or QA information • Participate with scheduled meetings throughout the project period. • Provide ongoing feedback • Participate in evaluation Registry Partner Services 15

16. Registry Partner StepsOngoingFeedbackLoop Sign Partnership Agreement Choose Credentials (N/A for QA bodies) Answer Descriptor Questions Provide Credential or QA Information Participate with Webinars Provide Feedback on Registry Verify Credential/QA Info Accuracy Provide Feedback on Directory App Pilot the Registry & Directory App Review/Use the Guidance and Roadmap Participate with Evaluation 16

17. Partner Feedback CTI project evaluation will include partner feedback on the CTI approach, the Credential Registry and applications based on: • Partner feedback throughout piloting process that includes monthly webinars • Partner reviews of their current websites, web formats, costs and benefits of going live on the registry • Partner survey at the end of piloting process on costs and benefits of CTI approach and Registry and recommendations for moving forward 17

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19. For more information Steve Crawford Research Professor, GWIPP Bob Sheets Research Professor, GWIPP Roy Swift Executive Director, Workcred Roberts T. Jones Former Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor Jeanne Kitchens Associate Director, SIU Center for Workforce Development CTI Website #CTIcred CTI Technical Planning Microsite 19

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