7 education companies partner to improve credential data sharing

educationdive | March 28, 2019

Credential Engine on Wednesday announced it is partnering with six companies to help colleges and other education providers publish information about the credentials they offer in a national, cloud-based registry. The partners — BrightHive, Credential Commons, Ellucian, Credly, DXtera Institute and Power minds — will work with credential providers to translate data about their programs into a common vernacular, the Credential Transparency Description Language.The effort aims to make it easier for students, educators and employers to compare and understand information about different credentials, regardless of whether they're offered through a traditional college or alternative education provider. The size of the U.S. credential marketplace has swelled in recent years, growing to some 650,000 unique certificates, traditional degrees and other programs currently on offer.And while alternative education providers such as boot camps are driving a large part of that growth, colleges and universities have also been ramping up their offerings. In fact, 94% of colleges said they offer some form of alternative credential, according to a 2016 survey of 190 institutions. However, students still often lack important information about the data and quality of the credentials they seek.

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Simply put, distance learning is the process of learning without being physically present. Let’s take a look at how it has evolved and where its impressive future lies.

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Simply put, distance learning is the process of learning without being physically present. Let’s take a look at how it has evolved and where its impressive future lies.

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Intellum | July 29, 2022

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Outschool Selects Promoted to Optimize Marketplace and Increase Profitability

Outschool | July 26, 2022

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SU Prep Digital Teams Up With Google Public Sector to Develop Streaming Educational Curriculum With Universal Access

ASU Prep Digital | July 19, 2022

ASU Prep Digital, an accredited online K-12 school offered through Arizona State University, has partnered with Google Public Sector, to make remote immersive learning technology more accessible to students across the United States and around the world. ASU Prep Learning Cloud is a streaming solution that empowers schools to deliver innovative and interactive 3D learning experiences to students using low-bandwidth devices. The technology was developed on and is powered by Google Cloud.This new platform invites students to solve challenges by immersing themselves in interactive settings made possible by technology. For example, students can watch geologic formations emerge through simulations rather than reading about it in a textbook. Students can also explore human organs in 3D or examine a plastic mannequin. This brings topics like erosion, hydrolysis, and human anatomy to life. 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Removing those barriers is especially important for a program like ASU Digital Prep, which can be instrumental in bridging gaps for districts where resources are slim. ASU Prep Digital has allowed us to partner and advance educational opportunities for thousands of K-12 students who might not have otherwise had access to the courses, credits, mentors, and teachers we offer, said Arizona State University President Michael Crow, who is widely known as a pioneer of online education. Crow’s vision has created a tech-enhanced learning environment across ASU, inclusive of pre-collegiate students via ASU Prep Digital. A key element of that vision is expanded opportunities in online education, which offers a path to higher education for students who are otherwise hindered from pursuing their education goals. In addition to its rapidly expanding K-12 enrollment, ASU Prep Digital’s School Partnerships continue to grow. 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