Focus Your Activities With the Skills Recognition Continuum

The Skills Recognition Continuum shows the movement from the curriculum to recognition to deliver learner agency, incorporating evidence, artefacts and framework alignment on the way, resulting in rich skills visibility:

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Digital Content - Skills Recognition Continuum

Digital Content

Skills visibility starts with the curriculum, through digital content. We are making RSDs and RSD libraries available to anyone that wants to access and use them via openRSD, which is an open source platform available now.

Curriculum - Skills Recognition Continuum


Within the curriculum, learner achievement data tends to sit in the learning management system (LMS), but could also sit in independent assessment platforms or work integrated learning platforms. We integrate fully with the big four LMS, and for those that use a bespoke LMS or other system we can integrate using the Credentialate Public API. The type of curriculum data Credentialate uses includes rubrics, gradebook items, student performance data and course data - anything that relates to learner achievement or performance.

We integrate with
Brightspace LMS
Canvas LMS
Moodle LMS
Blackboard LMS
Credentialate Skills Core

Credentialate Skills Core

Credentialate provides the Skills Core - the connective tissue that connects your curriculum to recognition. We do this by collecting and collating the learner achievement data that sits in your learning management system, bringing it into Credentialate and aligning it to skills and competencies and frameworks.

In Credentialate, competencies are made up of the knowledge, skills, and abilities (the KSA Model). Skills are represented through rich still descriptors (RSDs), which provide a global standard schema with embedded context. Credentialate then provides the personal evidence that sits underneath these competencies.

Measure - Skills Recognition Continuum


The Skills and Competency Library enables competencies to be reused across the institution, streamlining the mapping of learner achievement data.

Our June 2022 release extends the concept of evidence, enabling the attachment of artefacts of learning to deepen the validation of learner achievement.

Skills and Competency Library
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Meaning - Skills Recognition Continuum


Credentialate anchors a learner's skills and competencies to a framework or taxonomy that has meaning to the learner, to relevant industries, or the wider national or international environment. This multifaceted alignment is vitally important, as the evidence, alignment and mapping all work together to underpin a credential to provide meaning and measurement for the skills and competencies that Credentialate aligns to your curriculum.

We integrate with and can import frameworks into Credentialate. A framework could be just one, or many with Credentialate providing one:many alignment capabilities. Frameworks can include an institutional graduate attributes framework, a national skills framework - such as the Australian Skills Commission - or international skills classification frameworks, such as O*NET or ESCO. It could also include job market data, such as that available through Burning Glass or Emsi.

Recognition and Representation of Learning - Skills Recognition Continuum

Recognition and Representation of Learning

Digital recognition of learning is necessary to allow for learner mobility and verification. Verified credentials and the ability to encrypt data will only become more important as we move into the digital knowledge economy.

Digital recognition comes in the form of digital badges, and the personal evidence records that Credentialate attaches to it that underpins the digital badge. From the personal evidence record, you can show alignments and the meaning to skills, taxonomies and frameworks.

Personal Evidence Record
Mobility and Learner Agency - Skills Recognition Continuum

Mobility and Learner Agency

We then pass that data onto Credential Exchanges. This is a part of the ecosystem that is still evolving and moving very rapidly.

However credentials, exchanges, comprehensive learner records or learner employment records look in the future, we can pass that data on if we're all working to data standards. Learners benefit from mobility and learner agency as a result.

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