The T3 Innovation Network is supporting the scalable, pilot testing of learning and employment records (LERs) with the development and implementation of an LER Resource Hub (LER Hub). The LER Hub will provide a community for learning and sharing best practices along with providing a variety of resources to support organizations implementing LERs. 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 LERs.
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 LER, or if you are interested in contributing a resource(s) that can help those who are piloting an LER:
- Email email@example.com, or
- Complete one or both of the LER self-assessments (LER Pilot Self-Assessment, LER Resource Contribution Self-Assessment) and submit it as an email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meetings and Events
- 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
- July 15: Soft Launch of the LER Resource Hub - Register to attend the webinar here
Frequently Asked Questions
What is an LER and why is the T3 Network focused on them?
A learning and employment record (LER) is a digital record of learning and work that can be linked to an individual and combined with other digital records for use in pursuing educational and employment opportunities. An LER can document learning wherever it occurs, including at the workplace or through an education experience, credentialing, or military training. It can also include information about employment history and earnings.
LERs are similar to electronic health records (EHRs) and have the potential to improve education and hiring outcomes in the same way that EHRs have improved healthcare delivery. What makes LERs unique is their ability to be fully transferable and recognized across student information, learning management, employer HR, and military systems. LERs go by many names and are also referred to as an interoperable learning record (ILR).
Why the T3 Network
Implementing LERs at scale is not a product problem, but an infrastructure problem. The T3 Network is ideally positioned to support LER 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 LER sharing across multiple vendor products, platforms, and stakeholders.
Do I need to be a part of the T3 Network to be a recognized LER pilot?
No. The T3 Innovation Network is interested in supporting a broad and diverse ecosystem of LER pilots. We plan to support them by launching an LER Resource Hub that is available to any and all self-identified LER pilots.
What is the LER Resource Hub?
The T3 Network will launch an LER 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 LER Resource Hub will be available to any stakeholder or set of partners that are interested in pursuing an LER pilot.
What is in the Resource Hub?
The LER Resource Hub will contain a variety of resources to support networks of organizations implementing LERs. 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 LER, information about other pilot partners and potential partners for your LER pilot, and high-level field guides that provide instructions and best practices for implementing, coordinating, and evaluating LERs.
What is the cost to use it?
The LER 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 LER Resource Hub, but we of course welcome you to join.
Which use cases are supported by the Resource Hub?
The LER 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 LRs, 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 LER pilot. An LER 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 LER Resource Hub, please email us at email@example.com.
When will everything launch?
The LER Resource Hub will launch on July 15, 2020.