7 Things You Should Know About Credential Transparency Description Language


The Credential Transparency Description Language (CTDL) is a dictionary of terms for describing credentials and credential-related information, including rules for credentialing practices and organizations. The CTDL helps enable owners of credentials detail them—and update them regularly—using common terminology that can be readily recognized by both search engines and other credential publishers. The CTDL provides a shared language that makes it easier for students, businesses, researchers, and automated systems to discover, understand, and compare information about credentials from a variety of sources and make better decisions, based on their particular needs, about the relative value of different credentials.

 The 7 Things You Should Know About... series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides concise information on emerging learning technologies. Each brief focuses on a single technology and describes what it is, where it is going, and why it matters to teaching and learning. Use these briefs for a no-jargon, quick overview of a topic and share them with time-pressed colleagues.


In addition to the 7 Things briefs, you may find other ELI resources useful in addressing teaching, learning, and technology issues at your institution. To learn more, please visit the ELI Resources page.

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