Digital Credentials Roundtable Resources

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Recordings and Resources


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Past Roundtables

May 22, 2023

Good Examples to Follow: CLR and LER Programs

Some call them LERs (learning and employment records), and some CLRs (comprehensive learner records). No matter which term you use, it's clear that digital learner records are skyrocketing in higher education.

This roundtable discussion promises valuable information and inspiration to help you navigate developing a successful CLR/LER program by exploring two exemplary institutions leading the way in providing CLRs to their students.

Learn how CLRs are revolutionizing how students track their academic and co-curricular achievements, allowing them to gain valuable insights into their learning journey. Discover how CLRs are helping students showcase their competencies to potential employers and advancing the transparency and accountability of higher education. This is a must-attend event for those interested in learning more about CLR and LERs.

Discussion Leaders:

  • Bhavesh Bambhrolia, University Registrar, Temple University 

  • Jeff King, Ed.D., Assistant Vice President for Transformative Learning,  University of Central Oklahoma

 → Download the presentation slides here

 → Click here to watch or listen to the May 2023 recorded session.


April 17, 2023

Exploring Innovative Models for Microcredentials in Higher Education

Microcredentials have emerged as a flexible and efficient way for institutions to meet the needs of existing students and new learners. This roundtable will explore innovative microcredential programs offered by three higher education institutions. Our expert panelists will share examples of their successful programs and provide insights to help you build your program. Here's a look at what they'll cover:

  • University Maine System: workforce skills development for community and non-credit options for existing learners

  • Mohawk Valley Community College: workforce development microcredentials that can stack to certificates or degrees leading to career advancement

  • New Mexico State: non-credit community education and skills recognition for existing students

Whether you are just starting to explore or have a fully developed program, this panel will provide valuable information and inspiration to help you navigate developing a successful microcredential program.


  • Andrew Sedillo, Instructional Design Lead, New Mexico State University
  • Claire Sullivan, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Innovation in Digital Badges and Micro-Credentials, University of Maine System
  • Tim Thomas, AVP, Academic Affairs, Mohawk Valley Community College


  • Kelly Hoyland, Director, Higher Education Programs, 1EdTech

 → Download the presentation slides here

 → Click here to watch or listen to the April 2023 recorded session.


March 20, 2023

Let's Start from the Beginning: The What and Why of Digital Credentials

You've likely heard about digital credentials, microcredentials, comprehensive learner records, and learner and employment records but may not fully understand what they are.

There is tremendous potential for digital credentials to empower learners—by focusing on what they know and can do—enabling them to communicate the totality of their skills and abilities and translate their achievements into future opportunities.

Join us for an introductory session and discussion on the different types of digital credentials and what they mean for your organization and your learners. 


  • Stephanie Roman, Senior Manager, Digital Credentials, Jobs for the Future (JFF)


  • Kelly Hoyland, Director, Higher Education Programs, 1EdTech

 → Download the presentation slides here

 → Click here to watch or listen to the March 2023 recorded session.


January 23, 2023

Collaborating to Fill the Skills Gap

As digital transformation accelerates, talent and skills development are essential for individuals to have skills that are in demand. In this session, we’ll explore how Bowdoin College and Alamo Colleges District leverage a cloud-based curriculum to issue micro-credentials to prepare learners with the skills they need to thrive in this rapidly changing digital economy. They will share their perspectives on how this is adding value to their learners and institutions.


  • Sherri N. Braxton, Sc.D., Senior Director for Digital Innovation, Bowdoin College
  • Luke Dowden, Chief Online Learning Officer and Associate Vice Chancellor, Alamo Colleges District


  • Kelly Hoyland, Director, Higher Education Programs, 1EdTech

 → Download the presentation slides here

 → Click here to watch or listen to the January 2023 recorded session.


28 November 2022

Connecting with Employers

The value of a digital credential is amplified when employers recognize them. This panel will focus on how their institutions have successfully built relationships with employers and professional organizations. These relationships have allowed employers to meet their talent needs in new ways that benefit the credential earners and their communities.


  • Kim Moore, Executive Director, Workforce, Professional and Community Education, Wichita State University
  • Stephanie Songer, Ph.D., Associate Director of Online and Professional Education, Northern Kentucky University

 → Download the presentation slides here

 → Click here to watch or listen to the November 2022 recorded session.


24 October 2022

All Digital Badges are Not Created Equal

A digital badge (or microcredential) can represent a wide range of achievements, from basic attendance to the completion of an industry certification. Proactive institutions create categories to classify their digital badges in a consistent and meaningful way so learners and employers can clearly determine their value.

Join us for an expert panel discussion about how institutions are devising taxonomies to meet the various needs of their institution.


  • Sarah DeMark, Ph.D., Vice President of Academic Programs, Western Governors University
  • Collin Sullivan, Coordinator of Digital Credentialing, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Anissa Vega, Ph.D., Interim Assistance Vice President for Curriculum and Academic Innovation, Kennesaw State University


  • Sherri Braxton, Ph.D., Senior Director for Digital Innovation, Bowdoin College

 → Download the presentation slides here

 → Click here to watch or listen to the October 2022 recorded session.


26 September 2022

Take it from Us: Why You Should Care about Open Badges & CLR

Learn about the value of the Open Badges and Comprehensive Learner Record (CLR) standards and why new versions are in development to meet your strategies for aligning microcredentials and learning records.

Our panel shares relevant use cases, including a digital learning wallet, and explains how the improvements can benefit your institution and its learners. Join the discussion for practical advice about navigating the migration to the latest versions.


  • Mark Leuba, Vice President of Product Management, 1EdTech


  • Brent Capriotti, Sr. Consultant on Operational Strategy, Western Governors University
  • Marty Reed, Chief Executive Officer, RANDA Solutions
  • Timothy Summers, Ph.D., Executive Director of Product Development, Digital Trust, Arizona State University

 → Click here to watch or listen to the September 2022 recorded session.


25 July 2022

Recommended by the Registrar

The Office of the Registrar offers critical perspectives on how to best start and grow your institution's microcredential program. Why? They are responsible for issuing credentials. Even if you're only considering non-credit microcredentials, their expertise will help you build a more robust and scalable program.

Pragmatically, the organization and launch of a microcredentialing program should be done with as much care as other academic and learning programs to ensure they uphold your institution's integrity, reputation, and brand. Join us to learn and discuss the considerations and best practices recommended by the registrar—a key stakeholder in your programs.

We'll also review the recent report published by AACRAO's Alternative Credentials Work Group: Alternative Credentials: Considerations, Guidance, and Best Practices.


  • Brenda Schumann, Deputy University Registrar and Director of Operations and Compliance, The University of Texas at Austin  
  • Kristi Wold-McCormick, Assistant Vice Provost and University Registrar,  University of Colorado Boulder 
  • Mark McConahay, Retired Associate Vice Provost and Registrar at the Indiana University Bloomington, and AACRAO Consultant/CLR Coordinator 

 → Download the presentation slides here

 → Click here to watch or listen to the July 2022 recorded session.


23 May 2022

My Spartan Story: Documenting Co-Curricular Learning on the Spartan Experience Record

My Spartan Story, Michigan State University's co-curricular record, formally recognizes and supports student learning beyond the classroom. Launched in 2020, the record documents student engagement and learning in non-credit-bearing activities such as leadership positions, on-campus jobs, internships, research projects, community engagement, and other out-of-class learning experiences. As a university-wide initiative at a large, decentralized campus, we have seen incredible growth from 200 positions to nearly 600 in under two years in partnership with faculty and staff. Once verified, students can request their Spartan Experience Record (SER) alongside their transcript through the Registrar’s Office, providing students with a shareable record of their knowledge and skill development. The session will introduce you to the foundations of the co-curricular record, lessons learned launching a university-wide initiative, and opportunities for continued and sustained growth of the record.


  • Lance Sharp, My Spartan Story Coordinator
  • Sarah Schultz, Director, My Spartan Story

 → Download the presentation slides here

 → Click here to watch or listen to the May 2022 recorded session.


25 April 2022

Demonstrating a Virtual Talent Network: Achievement Portal, Digital Wallet, and Talent Tracker Software

Get a first-hand look at the Wellspring Initiative (Phase II) reference software showing real examples of how groundbreaking open standards like the Comprehensive Learner Record (CLR) can enable a “virtual talent network” of institutions, learners, and employers. We'll demo the Achievement Portal, Digital Wallet, and Talent Tracker, emphasizing their uses of the CLR, CASE, and Open Badges standards.


  • Andy Miller, Technical Architect, 1EdTech

 → Download the presentation slides here

 → Click here to watch or listen to the April 2022 recorded demo.

28 March 2022

SUNY’s Story: Scaling Microcredentials Across the Largest Comprehensive Higher Ed System in the U.S.

The State University of New York (SUNY) was one of the first University systems or institutions in the country to adopt a system-wide policy on microcredentials in 2018. Making our way up hills big and small—and an international pandemic—the concept of microcredentials as a valuable credential for existing students and employees, alumni, prospective students (especially adult learners), and the employees of our business (P-12 and community partners) has taken hold. SUNY saw tremendous growth in the past year, with micro-credentials now offered at 31 of its 64 campuses and an online directory providing easy access to more than 400 microcredentials. This session will highlight SUNY’s policy framework as the foundation for that growth and share highlights and lessons learned from across sectors of campuses.

 → Learn more about Microcredentials at SUNY


  • Cynthia Proctor, Dir. Communications & Academic Policy Development, Provost’s Office, SUNY System
  • Debra Gelinas, Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Innovation at the University at Albany, SUNY
  • Deb G. Pernat, Program Coordinator, Professional and Continuing Education (PACE), SUNY Cobleskill
  • Daniel Fogarty, Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs, Fulton-Montgomery Community College

 → Download the presentation slides here

 → Click here to watch or listen to the March 2022 recorded session.

24 January 2022

Expert Perspectives on Implementing a CLR

Take a deep dive into how institutions develop and implement a comprehensive learner record (CLR) to support their needs.

Each of the institutions represented has a different goal for their CLR program. Still, all are leveraging a consistent data standard to expand the reach, usability, adoptability, and interoperability of a CLR created by any institution.

This session complements the recently released “Implementation of the 1EdTech Comprehensive Learner Record Standard: A Practical Guide for Campus Personnel” written by an AACRAO workgroup to help registrars, admissions officers, student affairs professionals, and campus IT personnel as they implement and share CLRs. 


  • Mark McConahay, AACRAO Analyst and retired Associate Vice Provost and Registrar, Indiana University Bloomington


  • Tim Amyx, Director of Admissions & College Registrar, Volunteer State Community College
  • Insiya Bream, Registrar & Associate Vice President, University of Maryland Global Campus
  • Cindy Lyons, University Registrar, University of California San Diego

 → Download the CLR Implementation Guide here

 → Download the presentation slides here

 → Click here to watch or listen to the January 2022 recorded session.


13 December 2021

Three Strategies: A Conversation on Digital Credentials in Higher Ed

Our expert panel discusses how their institutions are strategically designing a digital credentials ecosystem to meet their learner needs and institutional goals. Topics include:

  • How to help students articulate and share their learned skills
  • How to start and scale your programs
  • How to reduce the barriers to degree completion

The highlighted institutions are purposefully identifying learning outcomes from their academic programs and issuing aligned digital credentials. These digital credentials can be issued as microcredentials, digital badges, or comprehensive learner records. Join us to learn about their progress and hear about their future plans!


  • Kelly Hoyland, Higher Education Program Manager, 1EdTech Consortium


  • Kate Giovacchini, Director of Digital Trust Initiatives, Arizona State University
  • Darin Hobbs, Vice President of Academic Records, Credentials & Career, Western Governors University
  • Doris Savron, Vice Provost of Academic Colleges, University of Phoenix

 → Click here to watch or listen to the December 2021 recorded session.


 → Links to resources shared by the speakers:


25 October 2021

Implementing a Standards-Based CLR: What and Why

Have you ever wondered what it means to implement a comprehensive learner record (CLR) using the 1EdTech Comprehensive Learner Record standard? The power of a comprehensive learner record is that it demonstrates a learner’s knowledge, skills, and abilities to be shared with potential employers, admissions offices, or other organizations. This expert panel will share their perspectives on the value of leveraging the CLR standard for both the institution and the learner.


  • Dan Blickensderfer, Technical Program Manager, 1EdTech Consortium (moderator)
  • Suzanne Carbonaro, Director of Academic Partnerships, AEFIS
  • Devon Edmund, Vice President of Academic Administration, Walden University
  • Chris Houston, Sr. Business Analyst, Strategic Education Inc.

 → Click here to watch or listen to the October 2021 recorded session.


 → Links to resources shared by the speakers:


27 September 2021

Aligning Academic & Co-Curricular Outcomes

Learning happens everywhere. Executing a successful comprehensive learner record program means identifying, documenting, and tracking student learning outcomes effectively. This process becomes even more complex when trying to capture achievements that happen outside of the classroom. Our expert roundtable discussion leaders will share how their institutions create strategies to capture and assess achievements during the whole student learning experience. These leaders will share what is working and where they still have challenges and concerns.


  • Amelia Parnell, Vice President for Research and Policy, NASPA (moderator)
  • Pam Bowers, Associate Vice President for Planning, Assessment, and Innovation, University of South Carolina
  • Jerry Daday, Executive Associate Dean, Institute for Engaged Learning, IUPUI
  • Jeff King, Executive Director, Center for Excellence in Transformative Teaching & Learning, University of Central Oklahoma Office of Information Technology

 → Download the resources slide here.

 → Click here to watch or listen to the September 2021 recorded session.

26 July 2021

Aligning Industry Competencies and Education to Streamline Career Pathways 

The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) focuses on improving education-to-career pathways for adult learners. In this session, CAEL showcases a partnership with Excelsior College and employers like Sargent & Lundy. Their collaborative work identifies the skills and competencies employers need and aligns these needs with education programs at Excelsior College. Our panel shares their lessons learned during this project and recommendations for developing strong partnerships with employers.


  • Dan Blickensderfer, Technical Program Manager, 1EdTech Consortium
  • Christine Carpenter, Senior Vice-President, Engagement  CAEL
  • Angie Lucas, Director, Energy Providers Coalition for Education, CAEL
  • Deanna Myers, Senior Manager, Training & Organizational Change, Sargent & Lundy
  • Kimberly Otero, Director of Partnership Development, Excelsior College

 → Download the presentations slides here.

 → Click here to watch or listen to the July 2021 recorded session.

19 April 2021

Tips for Collaborating Across Your Institution to Achieve Success with CLR

Johns Hopkins University has worked to connect its comprehensive learner record initiative to many of its institutional initiatives, resulting in a greater buy-in across highly-decentralized academic departments and colleges. As a result, the CLR has become the center point that drives many conversations on campus. Come to hear their tips for engaging with the academic community and navigating higher education's complex culture.

“The CLR is conceptually dependent upon robust and authentic learning assessment. For that reason, CLR efforts can only succeed if faculty are involved as key stakeholders and partners in the vision.”
—Janet Schreck, Associate Vice Provost for Education, Johns Hopkins University


  • Chadia Abras, Director of Institutional Assessment, Johns Hopkins University
  • Rita D’Aoust, Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning, School of Nursing, Johns Hopkins University
  • Paul Huckett, Assistant Dean for Learning Design and Innovation, Whiting School of Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
  • Janet Schreck, Associate Vice Provost for Education, Johns Hopkins University

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22 March 2021

Aligning Credentials to Learning Outcomes

Higher education institutions are increasingly exploring and implementing digital credentials. When institutional leaders embark on this journey, a key question to ask is, "To what are we going to align our credentials?" As a nation without a unified framework, institutions are approaching digital credentials in different ways. This panel will share strategies in developing incremental, verifiable credentials and aligning them to program outcomes, industry certifications, and other frameworks.


  • Nan Travers, Director of the Center for Leadership in Credential Learning, SUNY Empire State College


  • Gianina Baker, Acting Director, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA)
  • Larry Good, President and CEO, Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
  • Holly Zanville, Research Professor and Co-Director of Program on Skills, Credentials and Workforce Policy in the Institute of Public Policy, George Washington University

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25 January 2021

How CLR is Connecting Higher Education and Careers

We're bringing together a panel of collaborators from K-12, higher education, and business to talk about their partnership to fill the skills gap using digital credentials. See how the Greater Washington Partnership’s Capital CoLAB aims to reduce barriers and help employers, academic institutions, and learners more easily exchange information about skills, transfer credit, and credentials at scale. We will discuss the implementation journey, opportunities, and challenges to creating a long-term scalable solution.


  • Sarah Gardenghi, Chief of Staff, Division of Professional Studies, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Deborah Hodge, Director of Programs, Capital CoLAB
  • Shawn Krasa, Supervisor, Work Based Learning, Montgomery County Public Schools
  • Jack Suess, Vice President of IT and CIO, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

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7 December 2020

Evidence of CLR Impact

ROI? Yes! The University of Central Oklahoma shares results from its experiential learning program, now in its sixth year. Using its Student Transformative Learning Record (STLR), UCO shows clear gains in student retention and improved GPA. Now, with the CLR standard, STLR can upgrade its impact on student learning and development. Find out how.


  • Jeff King, Ed.D., Executive Director Transform Learn, University of Central Oklahoma
  • Adam Johnson, Ed.D., Associate Vice President/Registrar, University of Central Oklahoma

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2 November 2020

Incorporate CLR into Your DEI Goals

Institutional leaders discuss the intersection of Comprehensive Learner Record and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion programs. Learn how implementing a CLR program helps shed light on barriers to learning and achievement. Hear how CLR supports the educational success of students at your institution but also position them for employment and future success.


  • Sherri Braxton, Sc.D., Senior Director of Instructional Technology, University of Maryland Baltimore County
  • Tom Green, Ph.D., Associate Executive Director, AACRAO (Moderator)
  • Natasha Jankowski, Ph.D., Executive Director, NILOA, and Research Associate Professor, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Zander Taylor, Assistant Registrar, Elon University

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28 September 2020

Tools to Support a CLR Initiative

This session is going to help you get your comprehensive learner record initiative out of the planning stage. Discussion leaders are sharing tips for your procurement process and how to partner with your edtech suppliers to implement CLR. You'll get resources and tools you can use to advance your plans and also see a demo of the 1EdTech CLR Builder and Wallet.


  • Clint McElroy, Analyst/Programmer, Indiana University
  • Jeff Bohrer, Technical Program Manager, 1EdTech Consortium

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24 August 2020

CLR: The Impact on Students

Students are the center of any successful CLR project. This session shows the impact these projects are having on learners. Get an overview of CLR projects happening at three institutions and a student's perspective. The panel will share data, stories, and student feedback. 


  • Insiya Bream, Assistant Vice Provost, Data & Systems, University of Maryland Global Campus
  • Mackenzie Hall, Graduate Apprentice, Office of the Registrar, Elon University
  • April Jolley, Student, University of Central Oklahoma
  • Jeff King, Ed.D., Executive Director Transform Learn, University of Central Oklahoma
  • Zander Taylor, Assistant Registrar, Elon University

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27 July 2020

Models for How to Strategize Your CLR Readiness

CLR early adopters know that successful projects require robust planning and collaboration. At this roundtable, we'll walk through key considerations for starting up a CLR initiative on your campus. CLR experts from three institutions will lead the discussion and share their experiences and advice.


  • Susan Donat, Ph.D., Assistant Director of Curriculum and Assessment, Messiah University
  • Mark McConahay, Associate Vice Provost and Registrar, Indiana University
  • Meena Naik, UNT Career Connect Program Director, University of North Texas

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29 June 2020

Comprehensive Learner Records: What and Why

New to CLR? This roundtable will provide an opportunity to understand the goals, benefits, and current efforts of CLR projects. Join the discussion and get your CLR questions addressed.


  • Jeff Bohrer, Technical Program Manager, 1EdTech Consortium
  • Tom Green, Ph.D., Associate Executive Director, American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)

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CLR Resources

See the collection of CLR Resources curated by 1EdTech members for higher education.