Interoperable Learner Record Wrapper
Eric Welton (Korsimoro)
Good hello again,
I wanted to pass along some work from the W3C CCG (Credential Community Group) - Education task force - the meeting today explored the following document: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gBKx47cgxsUnTMLxqg6Poswp4-led3x51unUY42fKUU/edit#heading=h.98c7a8q0rs5o
and some context cut/pasted from the document is below -
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This draft specification is being developed in the public domain and will be offered for recognition as a standard by relevant standards bodies concerned with learner record interoperability. It is offered to leverage existing learner record standards, not replace them. It will be offered for adoption by various standards bodies. It will also inform a guide to interoperable learner records proposed by an active IEEE study group.
This document specifies a universal cross-standards container for interoperable learner records.
The specification is intended to provide a future-proof and flexible approach to a collection of learner records, allowing for any kind of learner record from early learning through adult and employment learning experiences and competency recognition. It recognizes that different standards organizations may specify the standards needed to support these many kinds of records and across geographical boundaries. In some cases the standard or set of standards from one body will be sufficient to meet the needs of a particular use case. However, the authors anticipate the need for a universal cross-standards learner wallet able to support specialized standards. For example:
The specification also recognizes starkly different kinds of data are needed for different uses of learner records, e.g. some learner records verify achievements to employers or potential employers, other learner records directly support learning processes for formative feedback and tutoring. As a result of that, and embedded practice at the vendor, local, state, and federal level, any scalable solution must include the possibility of many different types of payloads.
Design Goal Table
Informed by W3C Verifiable Credentials Data Model 1.0
The specification is informed by the work of the W3C Verifiable Credentials Community Group and some key metadata concepts used in the W3C Verifiable Credentials Data Model 1.0 (https://www.w3.org/TR/vc-data-model/). However, the intent of this specification is a solution applicable to other kinds of learner records beyond credentials. Therefore this specification delegates learner record payload to applicable standards and may add some elements not included in the W3C VC specification. It is our intent to expand the VC specification in appropriate ways and to make no breaking changes if possible. Any changes we make to this foundational template will be documented so it can be understood by developers and implementers.
Applicable W3C Verifiable Credential Metadata Concepts
T3 Innovation Network
This document was drafted in coordination with the cross-standards mapping project of the T3 Innovation Network. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce led initiative is exploring the emerging technologies and standards in the talent marketplace to create more equitable and effective learning and career pathways. It is informed particularly by the work of projects 3 and 10 in the Network’s phase II. It is informed by the document produced by project 10: Applying Self-Sovereign Identity Principles to Interoperable Learning Records: Principles, Challenges, and Community Guidance.
Interoperable Learner Record Wrapper
This proposed specification leverages a thin wrapper with a minimal set of metadata to support different kinds of learner record payloads defined by existing and future data standards.
Self-Sovereign Learner Wallet
This proposed specification supports a learner wallet by which a person may be able to manage their own learner records as a set, regardless of source, purpose and standard encoding format. This self-sovereign learner wallet supports portability, privacy rights and agency of a person to curate some aspects of digital identity as it relates to their learner records.
This specification is being developed with input from those participating in multiple standards bodies and working groups. It is intended to become an open standard adopted for use with and within the several standards bodies.
This approach supports the U.S. Government's Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular No. A-119 which establishes policies on Federal use and development of voluntary
consensus standards and on conformity assessment activities.
Standards body participants who will give input on this document:
Technical workgroup participants and reviewers: