Step 2: Using Digital Content to Do Things Paper Can’t

Step 2: Using Digital Content to Do Things Paper Can’t



Just like a movie is more than filming a play, transforming the transcript is more than taking a picture of something that was paper. The next cluster of activities in the Credential Innovation Framework (CIF) is about taking advantage of that digital form to do things paper credentials can’t do and includes:

  • Making your transcript clickable to access course descriptions or connecting a diploma to an ePortfolio to see evidence of learning
  • Presenting content in dynamic and visual ways, like a competency versus a courses-taken view, a timeline of achievement, or a pie chart of subject matter
  • Issuing credential sets tied to the credential account
  • Providing machine-readable data for communicating the two-page transcript in a more efficient way as well additional information that employers and admissions offices can filter using their enterprise systems

Case in point: Stanford University, who offers a clickable digital transcript. Receiving the transcript in electronic format, the reader can click on any course listed and go right into the catalog description of the course. Clicking further leads to the syllabus. From the student perspective, clicking even further leads to an ePortfolio and, depending on the program and what the student has done, shows actual evidence of the learning inside that classroom.

Stay tuned: In subsequent posts, we’ll take a deeper dive into the remaining three clusters of our innovative framework.

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