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Tech Beat: Credential Engine Achieves IMS Certification

Central to the mission of credential transparency is the ability to share data in a common open language that helps shed light on the confusing and opaque credential landscape. In an exciting leap forward for Credential Engine, the Credential Engine Publisher tool has been certified as an IMS Competencies and Academic Standards Exchange (CASE) consumer. This accomplishment brings together the power of the Credential Transparency Description Language (CTDL) for describing credentials, credential providers, competencies, and pathways with competency frameworks from anywhere in the world expressed using the IMS CASE open standard.

Credential Engine and IMS Global’s partnership and certification as a CASE consumer are formal representations of these organizations’ informal support for one another’s work dating back to 2016 and has broad implications for education providers. For example, a high school teacher could now describe how the competencies in their career and technical education (stored in CASE format) are connected with postsecondary credentials and national occupational competency frameworks in the Credential Registry.  With these connections between CASE and CTDL in place, any organization that manages competencies can publish their competencies to the Registry using the CASE standard and know that their data will be preserved and easily connected with any credentials they describe in the Registry. CASE frameworks can also be used in connection with competency frameworks in the Registry that are expressed in other formats, such as CTDL-ASN. These connections advance Credential Engine’s role in providing data on credentials, competencies, and pathways to occupations using linked open data to connect information from around the world.

Competency frameworks support credential transparency by richly describing the relevance and importance of the learning represented by a credential. Such detailed information is useful for many different types of credential-related decisions, such as a prospective student evaluating enrollment options, a faculty member evaluating the equivalency of a course or another learning opportunity for transfer credit, and a hiring manager evaluating an applicant’s qualifications for a job. Moreover, open data standards are becoming even more important as more and more credentials are issued to individuals and consumed by technical systems in digital credential formats, such as Open Badges and Comprehensive Learner Records.

We encourage our partners to take advantage of this exciting development. See Credential Engine’s CASE certification on IMS Global’s product certifications website, and help move us all towards credential transparency by publishing competency frameworks along with credentials to the Credential Registry, and by finding and linking to competency frameworks that are already in the Registry.