AACRAO recommends IMS Global Learning Consortium digital standard

May 18, 2020
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Last week, AACRAO issued guidance to its members to adopt the IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS Global/IMS) standard for Comprehensive Learner Record projects and products.

Since 2015, a growing number of colleges and universities have developed and implemented new forms of digital student records, Comprehensive Learner Records (CLRs), and AACRAO has helped guide and support many such initiatives. Developed largely as models or institutional innovations, to date, these CLRs are unique to each creator. While innovative, differences in technical format reduce the usefulness of these records when students seek to transmit their contents to employers or other higher education institutions or licensing agencies.

“It is imperative that colleges and universities follow a single data standard when creating comprehensive learner records (CLRs), so that they may be useful to our learners, as well as to any institution, agency, company or service that may need to receive and consume them in digital file formats,” said Tom Green, Associate Executive Director of AACRAO.

An AACRAO-assembled expert panel, including representatives from NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, concluded that the CLR standard from IMS is the only comprehensive data standard in place today that meets the objectives of an official institutional learning-focused and comprehensive learner record.

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Guidance from AACRAO is a HUGE step in student learning being respected and operationalized by comprehensive learner records. -- Daniel Gohl May 6 TweetIn a significant step to enable learner agency across higher education, K12 and corproate learning, AACRAO recommends IMS global CLR. -- Unicon, Inc. Tweet



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