Open Badges Issuer Accreditation Extension 1.0 IMS Candidate Final

Open Badges Issuer Accreditation Extension

IMS Candidate Final Public
Version 1.0
IMS Candidate Final Public
Date Issued: October 7th, 2020
Status: This document is for review and adoption by the IMS membership.
This version: https://www.imsglobal.org/spec/ob-accred/v1p0/
Latest version: https://www.imsglobal.org/spec/ob-accred/latest/
Errata: https://www.imsglobal.org/spec/ob-accred/v1p0/errata/

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1. Abstract

This extension provides a reference to a single or to an array of multiple accreditation bodies as related to the Issuer Profile.

2. Overview

2.1 Introduction

This section is non-normative.

This extension provides a reference to a single or to an array of multiple accreditation bodies as related to the Issuer Profile.

Issuers can include this information in order to convey trust to the badge viewer.

2.2 Use cases

This section is non-normative.

  • An issuer wants to include detailed information about an accrediting organization as it pertains to the program or the badge.

2.3 Extendable Badge Objects

Issuer

2.4 Terminology

The terminology used in this document is consistent with the terminology established in the Open Badges 2.0 specification [OB-20].

2.5 Conformance Statements

As well as sections marked as non-normative, all authoring guidelines, diagrams, examples, and notes in this specification are non-normative. Everything else in this specification is normative.

The key words "MAY", "MUST", "MUST NOT", "OPTIONAL", "RECOMMENDED", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT", "SHOULD", and "SHOULD NOT" in this document are to be interpreted as described in [RFC2119].

An implementation of this specification that fails to implement a MUST/REQUIRED/SHALL requirement or fails to abide by a MUST NOT/SHALL NOT prohibition is considered nonconformant. SHOULD/SHOULD NOT/RECOMMENDED statements constitute a best practice. Ignoring a best practice does not violate conformance but a decision to disregard such guidance should be carefully considered. MAY/OPTIONAL statements indicate that implementers are entirely free to choose whether or not to implement the option.

2.6 Document Set

2.6.1 Normative Documents

JSON Schema
The JSON Schema defines the syntactical restrictions of this extension [OB-ACCRED-10-SCHEMA].
JSON-LD Context
The JSON-LD context defines mappings for the terms used in this specification to their canonical IRIs [OB-ACCRED-10-CONTEXT].
Errata
The errata details any erratum registered for this version of this specification since its publication [OB-ACCRED-10-ERRATA].

3. Properties

Property Type Value Description
@context context IRI https://purl.imsglobal.org/spec/ob-accred/v1p0/context/
type type IRI array ['Extension', 'extensions:IssuerAccreditation']
name string The official name of the organization, e.g. the registered company name. (required)
contactInstructions string Contact instructions for an accrediting organization. (required)
url string,uri URL of the accrediting organization. (required)
email string Email address of the accrediting organization.
address object Physical address of the accrediting organization. Object contains specific locality information. (required)
streetAddress string The street address. For example, 1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy.
addressLocality string The locality. For example, Mountain View.
addressRegion string The region. For example, CA.
addressCountry string The country. For example, UK.
postalCode string The postal code. For example, 94043.
description string The description of the accrediting organization.
logo string,uri The logo for the accrediting organization.
parentOrganization object The larger organization that the accrediting organization is a branch of, if any.
areaServed string The geographic area where accreditation services are targeted.
accreditationDate string The date accreditation was valid (ex: 2009-07-31).
educationSector string Focus of accreditation (ex: K12, Postsecondary, CTE, Workforce, Adult Ed).

4. Examples

4.1 Single Accreditor


  {
    "extensions:IssuerAccreditation": {
      "@context":"https://purl.imsglobal.org/spec/ob-accred/v1p0/context/",
      "type": ["Extension", "extensions:IssuerAccreditation"],
      "name": "Higher Learning Commission",
      "contactInstructions": "Visit website to request an institutional status and requirements report",
      "url": "http://hlcommission.org",
      "address": {
        "streetAddress": "230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500",
        "addressLocality": "Chicago",
        "addressRegion": "IL",
        "postalCode": "60604-1411"
      },
      "description": "The Higher Learning Commission accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region of the United States.",
      "logo": "http://www.cgscfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/hlc-logo.png",
      "parentOrganization" : {
        "name": "North Central Association of Colleges and Schools",
        "url": "http://www.northcentralassociation.org/"
      },
      "areaServed": "HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region, which includes the following 19 states: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming",
      "accreditationDate": "2009-07-31",
      "educationalSector": "post-secondary"
  }

4.2 Two Accreditors


  {
    "extensions:IssuerAccreditation": [{
      "@context":"https://purl.imsglobal.org/spec/ob-accred/v1p0/context/",
      "type": ["Extension", "extensions:IssuerAccreditation"],
      "name": "Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities",
      "contactInstructions": "Call or email the Commission Office",
      "url": "http://www.nwccu.org/index.htm",
      "address": {
        "streetAddress": "8060 165th Ave. NE, Suite 100",
        "addressLocality": "Redmond",
        "addressRegion": "WA",
        "postalCode": "98052"
      },
      "description": "The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) is an independent, non-profit membership organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the regional authority on educational quality and institutional effectiveness of higher education institutions.",
      "areaServed": "The US seven-state Northwest region of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. US-AK, US-ID, US-MT, US-NV, US-OR, US-UT, US-WA",
      "accreditationDate": "2010-09-01",
      "educationalSector": "Postsecondary"
    },
    {
      "@context":"https://purl.imsglobal.org/spec/ob-accred/v1p0/context/",
      "type": ["Extension", "extensions:issuerAccreditation"],
      "name": "Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs",
      "contactInstructions": "Contact Kathleen Megivern, Executive Director, megivern@caahep.org",
      "url": "http://www.ncacasi.org",
      "address": {
        "streetAddress": "25400 US Highway 19 N, Suite 158",
        "addressLocality": "Clearwater",
        "addressRegion": "FL",
        "postalCode": "33763"
      },
      "description": "CAAHEP is the largest programmatic accreditor in the health sciences field. In collaboration with its Committees on Accreditation, CAAHEP reviews and accredits over 2000 educational programs in twenty-eight (28) health science occupations.",
      "accreditationDate": "2014-04-01",
      "educationalSector": "postsecondary"
  }]

A. Revision History

This section is non-normative.

A.1 Version History

Version No.Release DateComments
Candidate Final Public 1.0 October 7, 2020
Base Document 1.0 April 12th, 2018 Initial release.

B. References

B.1 Normative references

[OB-20]
Open Badges v2.0. Otto, Nate; Bohrer, Jeff; Cook, Timothy; Gylling, Markus; Hripak, Alexander; Pitcher, Justin. IMS Global Learning Consortium. April 2018. IMS Final Release. URL: https://www.imsglobal.org/spec/ob/v2p0/
[OB-ACCRED-10-CONTEXT]
Open Badges Assessment Extension v1.0 JSON-LD Context. IMS Global Learning Consortium. April 2018. IMS Final Release. URL: http://purl.imsglobal.org/spec/ob-accred/v1p0/context/
[OB-ACCRED-10-ERRATA]
Open Badges Issuer Accreditation Extension v1.0 Errata. IMS Global Learning Consortium. April 2018. IMS Final Release. URL: https://www.imsglobal.org/spec/ob-accred/v1p0/errata/
[OB-ACCRED-10-SCHEMA]
Open Badges Issuer Accreditation Extension v1.0 JSON Schema. IMS Global Learning Consortium. April 2018. IMS Final Release. URL: http://purl.imsglobal.org/spec/ob-accred/v1p0/schema/
[RFC2119]
Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate Requirement Levels. S. Bradner. IETF. March 1997. Best Current Practice. URL: https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc2119

C. List of Contributors

The following individuals contributed to the development of this document:

Name Organization
Thor AndersonIMS Global
Robert BajorDigital Promise
Sherri N. BraxtonUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore County
Joe Crawford Cobb County School District, Georgia
Van DavisBlackboard
Gary DriscollEducational Testing Service
Jonathan FinkelsteinCredly
Steve GanceWashington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges
Bob GroganeLumen
Grainne HamiltonDigitalMe
Joel HernandezeLumen
Hal HerzogLearning Objects
Curtis HunterD2L
Patrina LawThe Open University
Mark LeubaIMS Global
Randy NewbroughIndiana University
Nate OttoConcentric Sky
Jason WeaverParchment
Shannon WellsFoundation for California Community Colleges
Casey WrightPurdue University
David LeaserIBM
Heidi WilkesSNHU
Patrick WirthUniversity of Wisconsin Extension
Moses WolfensteinUniversity of Wisconsin Extension
Tim RichesDigitalMe
Melissa MorenoCareer Skills Institute, Santa Barbara City College
Travis PynenburgSNHU
Kerrie LemoieOpenWorks Group LLC

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Date: October 7th, 2020