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CLR Resources

Comprehensive Learner Record
Resources

For Higher Education Institutional Leaders

 

Comprehensive Learner Records are critical for your institution to capture the entirety of a learner's educational journey—inside and outside of the classroom. A CLR enables you to document these rich learning experiences in a way that can be verified and easily consumed by admissions or applicant tracking systems. This page provides you with the resources needed to help you get started and grow your CLR initiative.

"Per our review, the CLR Standard from IMS Global is the only comprehensive data standard in place today that meets the objectives of an official institutional learning-focused and comprehensive learner record. Postsecondary institutions of all types and at all levels that are currently using any form of micro-credentials, digital diplomas and certificates, or digital student records or other types should work to migrate that information into the IMS Global CLR Standard. New records that are being developed should be written to this standard. Care should be given to the ability of this standard to carry important competency descriptions in Credential Transparency Description Language (CTDL) that are interoperable with other networks, such as Credential Engine. The IMS standard supports this capability."

—AACRAO (2020) Standardized Components for a Competency-Based Educational Record. Guidance on the Review of the Comprehensive Learner Records (CLR) Standard.

General Resources

  • CLR Learn & Lead Roundtables: Upcoming [view here]

  • CLR Learn & Lead Roundtables: Recorded Sessions [view here]

  • CLR Procurement Guidance [view here]

  • CLR FAQ [view here]

  • CLR Standard Overview (slide deck) [view here]

  • 7 Things You Should Know About the Comprehensive Learner Record [view here]

  • Comprehensive Learner Record: Exploring A New Transcript for Lifelong Learning [view here]

  • HED Institutional Program Examples [view here]

Implementing CLR

  • CLR Common Questions and Answers [view here]
  • Boot Camp: CLR 101—How to Launch Comprehensive Learner Record at Your Institution [view here]

 

 

Audience-Specific Resources

Registrars & Admissions
Enhance your academic transcripts with an official digital record that captures the entire learning experience and makes it more useful to students, institutions, employers, and anyone who needs to validate learning achievements.

View Resources for Registrars

Information Technology
CLR is a hub for connecting data about a learner's academic and co-curricular experiences from your institution's learning platforms and tools. It creates a digital record that is easily transferred, shared, and verified.

View Resources for IT

Student Affairs
Provide students with a clearer picture of their learning to help them better understand and articulate the depth of their knowledge, skills, and abilities and share this information with employers and others to advance opportunities.

View Resources for Student Affairs

Registrars & Admissions

A Comprehensive Learner Record is a new form of the student record. It does not replace traditional academic transcripts but can support it by capturing evidence of learning that develops outside courses, credits, and grades.

CLRs recognize that learning occurs in a variety of settings. CLRs seek to capture, record, and communicate learning when and where it happens to present a much wider picture of student learning.

  • AACRAO: Comprehensive Learner Record [view here]

  • AACRAO Issues Guidance for College Registrars and Admissions to Adopt IMS Global Learning Consortium Digital Standard for Learner Records [view here]

  • Beyond the Transcript: Three Benefits of Comprehensive Learner Records [view here]

 

Information Technology

The CLR is a digital record that institutions can use to document academic and co-curricular learning. CLR content can include portfolios, learning artifacts, course descriptions and syllabi, rubrics, performance evaluations, and other materials that help document what a learner knows and can do. The CLR compiles these component pieces and relevant data by drawing from an institution’s student information system, learning management and assessment systems, co-curricular system, electronic catalog, or other internal databases, using a common identifier linked to an individual student. Some institutions have sufficient internal capacity to create the infrastructure that a CLR requires, while others may elect to work with outside vendors and an external data warehouse. CLRs have been designed to be compiled in digital form and, like a transcript, constitute an official institutional document. CLR is a meaningful mechanism for connecting data that are sometimes less integrated, an excellent example of how integral functions on campus can work together to serve students better.

  • American Workforce Policy Advisory Board’s Data Transparency Working Group: White Paper on Interoperable Learning Records [view here]

  • CLR Interoperability Showcase [view here]

  • CLR Technical Overview (5-minutes video) [view here]

  • IMS Comprehensive Learner Record Specification Version 1.0 [view here]

  • IMS Comprehensive Learner Record Implementation Guide and Best Practices [view here]

 

Student Affairs

Learning happens everywhere. What if the official learner record documented learning in a digital portable record, regardless of where the learning took place or was acquired? The goal of the CLR is to showcase student learning from a variety of experiences, including academic courses, co-curricular engagements, and other opportunities. A CLR is not a far-off futuristic possibility. It is helping to provide documentation in the form of value to internal and external stakeholders on acquired learning by thinking differently about how we document what is known about students and their learning now. These digital records will help students describe the depth and breadth of their learning achievements.

  • Beyond the Transcript: Three Benefits of Comprehensive Learner Records [view here]

  • NASPA: Comprehensive Learner Record [view here]

  • NILOA: Documenting Learning: The Comprehensive Learner Record [view here]

  • NILOA: Communicating Value: A Comprehensive Learner Record Toolkit  [view here]

 

Examples of Higher Ed CLR Programs

  • Elon University Visual Experiential Transcript [view here]

  • IUPUI: Experiential and Applied Learning Record [view here]

  • University of California San Diego: Co-Curricular Record (CCR) [view here]

  • University of Central Oklahoma: Student Transformative Learning Record (STLR) [view here]

  • University of Central Oklahoma: Evidence of CLR Impact [view here]

  • University of North Texas: What is a CLR? [view here]