The T3 Innovation Network is supporting the scalable, pilot testing of interoperable learning records (ILRs) with the development and implementation of an ILR Resource Hub (ILR Hub). The ILR Hub will provide a community for learning and sharing best practices along with providing a variety of resources to support organizations implementing ILRs. This effort builds on the existing data infrastructure work already underway by the T3 Network and provides a unique opportunity to coordinate and apply T3 Network projects in a concrete way to support the development of ILRs.
To that end, our goal is to convene and be a resource to those working in this space. If you or your organization are interested in piloting an ILR—or if you are interested in contributing a resource(s) that can help those who are piloting an ILR—email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also complete this ILR self-assessment and submit it as an email attachment to email@example.com.
- February 4: ILR Resource Hub and RFP Informational Webinar - View the PPT deck and listen to the recording
- February 20: ILR Pilot Intro Webinar - Listen to the full recording and view the slide deck
- March 9: ILR Design Workshop - Listen to the full recording and view the slide deck
Frequently Asked Questions
What is an ILR and why is the T3 Network focused on them?
An interoperable learning record (ILR) is a digital record of learning that can document learning wherever it occurs, including at the workplace, through an education program/experience, or through military training. An ILR can also be linked to an individual for the purposes of pursuing additional educational and employment opportunities. Digital learning records go by many names but what makes them an ILR is their ability to be transferable and recognizable across student information, employer HR, and military systems.
Why the T3 Network
Implementing ILRs at scale is not a product problem, but an infrastructure problem. The T3 Network is ideally positioned to support ILR pilots because its approach is use-case driven, standards-based, and vendor neutral. The emerging data and technology infrastructure that the T3 Network is seeding is able to support a diverse and vibrant ecosystem of ILR sharing across multiple vendor products, platforms, and stakeholders.
Do I need to be a part of the T3 Network to be a recognized ILR pilot?
No. The T3 Innovation Network is interested in supporting a broad and diverse ecosystem of ILR pilots. We plan to support them by launching an ILR Resource Hub that is available to any and all self-identified ILR pilots.
What is the ILR Resource Hub?
The T3 Network will launch an ILR Resource Hub that will contain open data resources as well as links to partners that can enhance the interoperability of current and new learner record products and tools. The ILR Resource Hub will be available to any stakeholder or set of partners that are interested in pursuing an ILR pilot.
What is in the Resource Hub?
The ILR Resource Hub will contain a variety of resources to support networks of organizations implementing ILRs. Resources will include documentation on data standards that support interoperability across stakeholder systems, technical protocols for linking data to individuals, competency data for populating content in the ILR, information about other pilot partners and potential partners for your ILR pilot, and high-level field guides that provide instructions and best practices for implementing, coordinating, and evaluating ILRs.
What is the cost to use it?
The ILR Resource Hub is free to anyone that is interested in accessing its resources or partner links. You do not have to be a member of the T3 Network to access the ILR Resource Hub, but we of course welcome you to join.
Which use cases are supported by the Resource Hub?
The ILR Resource Hub will be designed to support pilots that are addressing one or more priority use cases. While these are not the only use cases that are addressed by ILRs, the T3 Network has prioritized these five as a place to start. More use cases will be supported over time across successive iterations of the Hub. Many pilots may only intend to implement aspects of a use case and not the use case in its entirety.
- Use Case 1: Publish professional profile on the open web and social networking sites
- Use Case 2: Explore career opportunities
- Use Case 3: Apply for, enroll in, and complete education, training, and credentialing opportunities
- Use Case 4: Apply for and accept employment opportunities
- Use Case 5: Manage career advancement and transition
How can I support this effort?
Anyone can implement an ILR pilot. An ILR pilot should include multiple vendors, be cross-domain (e.g., education partner to employer partner), data standards-based, competency rich, and contain some aspects of individual control or self-sovereignty.
If you are interested in participating in a pilot or contributing one or more resources to the ILR Resource Hub, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When will everything launch?
The ILR Resource Hub will launch Q2 of 2020 and will be improved throughout the year—and expected to continue beyond 2020. ILR pilots can launch at any time and resources in the ILR Hub will be made available to the public starting in Q2 of 2020.