Comprehensive Learner Record Standard
Learning happens at every stage of the journey.
A customizable personal digital record for all learning experiences.
A Comprehensive Learner Record standard (CLR Standard) shows a complete picture of lifelong learning, from the earliest stages of learning to advanced education to career achievements.
The IMS CLR standard allows organizations to manage and showcase learner records like courses, competencies, skills, internships, and Open Badges in a verifiable and machine-readable format.
Educators and employers succeed when they see the whole learner.
Be in step with the times. Educators at all levels and employers of all types know that CLR helps lifelong learners succeed today and prepare for the world ahead.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for All
Recognize individuals based on their skills, experiences, and what they know and can do.
Individual Growth and Empowerment
Create a culture of lifelong learning and reward a variety of achievements.
Learning Pathways and Opening Doors
Identify skills to master and embrace new opportunities when they happen.
Sharing data throughout a person’s education and career pathway gives lifelong learners a secure and validated record that K-12 and higher ed can trust and employers expect.
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"I’m able to quantify my leadership opportunities, global and cultural experiences, and civic engagements. Putting those skills into a record shows I'm the better candidate."
—April Jolley, Student, University of Central Oklahoma
Make all learning count, no matter where it takes place.
A web-friendly interoperable digital record, the CLR standard is designed to be flexible enough to support a wide range of use cases to meet the needs of students, registrars, employees, and employers.
Recognizing the individual learner.
Validate a wide range of learning experiences and showcase an individual's progress toward mastery of standards.
Finding the needle in a haystack of talent.
Save time and resources by pinpointing the best candidates, generating an instant shortlist, and checking their backgrounds.
A CLR captures, records, and communicates the achievements and skills gained across a person's K-12, higher education, career, and lifelong learning experiences. It's easily shared among the various stakeholders and departments along the way, providing the transparency and standardization they've come to expect in our digital world.
A Secure and Verifiable Record for All Stakeholders
"The IMS standards opened our eyes to the possibilities of providing students with both our traditional and expanded credentials in a manner that would give them agency over them and how, and to whom, they’re disclosed. In addition, we recognized the power of standards to enable the provider, the student and the recipient to use digital tools to send, receive, consume, interpret, and perhaps most importantly, to trust the credentials and the value propositions they represent."
—Mark McConahay, Associate Vice Provost and Registrar, Indiana University Bloomington
Looking to accelerate the adoption of CLR?
IMS makes CLR standard Reference Implementations and Prototype Applications available to members, including a viewer and a wallet app to manage CLRs and a builder app to create and edit CLR data. Access the CLR 1.0 specification documents.
Check out the collection of CLR Standard Resources for higher education.
See examples of the CLR standrard in action from the CLR Interoperability Showcase at the November 2020 IMS Quarterly Meeting.
View the CLR Standard FAQ for all audiences.
Learn more about partner initiatives. The IMS CLR standard aligns with ongoing guidance from AACRAO and NASPA and is compatible with the W3C Verifiable Credentials proposal and the Credential Engine Registry.