Credential Engine follows a clearly defined, open process to make significant updates to develop the Credential Transparency Description Language (CTDL). This process includes subject matter and technical experts forming short-term task groups to provide valuable input, typically through six online meetings over approximately 12 weeks.  You are invited to join our new Rubrics Task Group (RTG).

Rubrics are key to understanding competencies in relation to credentials and jobs. They specify the observable behaviors that indicate a person has reached a certain level of competence. As such rubrics may support processes such as the assessment of learning outcomes from a learning opportunity, the appraisal of task performance in a job, etc. CTDL is already capable of describing credentials, competencies, assessments and tasks; the inclusion of rubrics will enable further transparency regarding the competencies that are required in a specific context and how they are assessed.

The Rubrics Task Group (RTG) will generate use cases and review examples and existing standards to decide how information about rubrics and their relationships to competencies, assessments, jobs, credentials and other relevant entities can be integrated into CTDL.

Join the Rubrics Task Group

Who: Prior knowledge of CTDL is appreciated by not required.  Credential Engine encourages subject matter and technical experts from education, training, industry and business to join the RTG regardless of where in the world they work. Examples of the knowledge and experience we seek include: 

  • subject matter experts with knowledge or experience of preparing and using rubrics in assessment or job appraisal;
  • subject matter experts in the creation of competency frameworks;
  • subject matter experts in curriculum design, especially relating to learning objectives, competency based learning and assessment;
  • subject matter experts in the use of rubrics for recruitment and selection for work roles; 
  • subject matter experts in job-task analysis; and,
  • technical experts with knowledge of existing standards for rubrics and related areas such as competencies and assessments.

When and where: The Rubrics Task Group is anticipated to begin on Wednesday June 14, 2023, hold approximately six, one-hour bi-weekly meetings on the following dates @11:00 am ET.  See the World Clock for your time zone.  All meetings will be recorded and materials will be shared with all SSTG members. 

  • June 14, 2023
  • June 28, 2023
  • July 12, 2023
  • July 26, 2023
  • August 9, 2023
  • August 23, 2023

Resources: Credential Engine will create and provide all resources needed for this work, based on RTG input, and share them for ongoing feedback between meetings. All feedback and materials are transparently available following an open development process.

Outcomes: The final products of this work include the expanded use cases, real-world data examples, and relevant CTDL/CTDL-ASN domain model and terms with definitions.  All outputs from the process are all public information made available under open licenses.

Processes: The process utilized to ensure timely and usable outcomes from Task Groups is well established and successful. The resultant outputs will be reviewed via an open webinar for Credential Engines’ advisory group members and other stakeholders followed by a public comment period. This efficient process ensures orderly changes that support and expand the durable, persistent value of CTDL Linked Open Data. Once this process is completed, the CTDL family of standards and Handbook will be updated along with the Credential Registry publishing and consuming tools. The Registry and related tools and resources are freely available for publishing data to the Credential Registry. 

Contact Credential Engine: If you have any questions about this task group, please email This mailbox is monitored during normal U.S. business hours. 

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