Comprehensive Learner Record Comprehensive Learner Record


IMS Global members led the development of a Comprehensive Learner Record designed to support traditional academic programs as well as co-curricular, competency-based education, and mastery-based learning to capture and communicate a learner's achievements in verifiable, digital form. The outcome is an example of a modern, web-friendly learner record, structured yet flexible enough to meet the needs of learners, registrars, and employers. The vision for the learner record is transformative in its potential, beyond providing relevant student competencies and skills. Based on the IMS Global's work in digital credentials, closely following the developing registrar guidance of AACRAO, leveraging the Open Badges standard and those of the W3C, the vision for the Comprehensive Learner Record is a secure, student-centered digital record for the 21st century. 

The Comprehensive Learner Record (CLR) standard, formerly known as the Extended Transcript, is a new generation of secure verifiable digital records for learners, containing all nature of learning experiences and achievements including courses, competencies, skills, co-curricular achievements, prior learning, internships and experiential learning.

Illustration of comprehensive learner record

The Comprehensive Learner Record is part of IMS's digital credentials portfolio that also includes Competencies and Academic Standards Exchange® (CASE®) and Open Badges


Personal, Portable Credentials

The flexible yet sophisticated CLR data design supports formal and informal learning from K-20 and into employment, in a web-ready linked-data document.  

Illustration of the scope of the CLR standard


Viewing Comprehensive Learner Records

Applications that support Comprehensive Learner Record can visually render the underlying data in the form that best meets their learner's needs. The example below is one user experience, yours can be totally unique while still using the CLR as its data foundation.


Example: University of Maryland University College pilot

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Sample Extended Transcript


See the Comprehensive Learner Record in Action

While the CLR standard defines the technical format for capturing a learner’s verified achievements in a securable online document, the visual design of the output is determined by each issuing organization. Issuing organizations are encouraged to make their CLR design unique and an extension of their brand. The CLR format enables learners to share their achievements online and across the web.

IMS member Learning Objects has contributed a general purpose CLR viewer that can be used to display the content of any compliant CLR record.

Take a look at sample CLR through a simple IMS CLR Viewer!   


The Comprehensive Learner Record is currently in Candiate Final status and available for contributing members' feedback and suggestions. 

Addition of Open Pathways to CLR -  A recent design contribution by IMS member Concentric Sky provides a model for stackable learning pathways and the specification is being updated to support this innovation.   


Comprehensive Learner Record Data Model - Simple and Flexible

The CLR data model is flexible and supports many types of records and relationships. Its support for JSON-LD ensures that Comprehensive Learner Records are highly compatible with the structured data ecosystem of digital credentials.


Comprehensive Learner Record Logical Model

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Comprehensive Learner Record Record Types Model

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In 2015, the IMS Global CBE Workgroup took on five common issues in competency-based education, based on research conducted with 35 C-BEN institutions. The use cases selected involved the management of essential competency data and the exchange of CBE information between systems in an institutions' technical environment. The project is led by contributing member institutions and brings together designers and product architects from major software suppliers and innovative new entrants to collaborate on the data standards needed to facilitate the CBE data exchange.  

5 Pilot Use Cases

  • Manage Competencies in an integrated database (including versions and course relationships as needed)
  • Report Evaluation Results
  • Provide Non-Term Program Information
  • Capture Student-Faculty Interaction
  • Publish a CBE eTranscript 


Extended Transcript Phase 1: Pilot Implementation and Results

Extended Transcript Phase 2: Achievements Records Standard and SkillsCenter Search™


Get Involved

IMS Global is leading educational institutions of all types to put in place a new architecture to make the production and delivery of innovative educational models easier. Contact Us to learn more about the IMS Global Digital Credentials Initiative and how your institution or company can become involved with working groups and leadership networks.


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