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Inventing a Better Way to Connect Skills and Achievements to Employment Opportunities

1EdTech Consortium and HR Open Standards Consortium partner to better match employee skills with employer needs


LAKE MARY, Florida, and AURORA, Colorado, 5 October 2022 — Offering a better way to hire is the goal of a new joint initiative between 1EdTech™ Consortium and HR Open Standards Consortium.

The collaboration between these two leading non-profit organizations will allow job-seekers to showcase their accomplishments in a meaningful way for employers and allow employers to easily and reliably find employees with the skills they need.

The initiative combines 1EdTech’s digital credentials standards, Open Badges and Comprehensive Learner Record (CLR Standard™), with the next-generation HR Open Resume/CV standard. This combination creates a standards-based resume that incorporates an individual’s academic achievements, skills, and workplace milestones in a more illustrative and digitally verifiable way through a digital wallet or platform, helping to make hiring processes more efficient and equitable.

“More than 50 million Open Badges have been issued worldwide, and leading institutions, including Arizona State University, Southern New Hampshire University, Western Governors University, and more, are implementing a CLR,” said Dr. Rob Abel, CEO of 1EdTech. “Combining these successful efforts with HR Open is the next logical step towards bridging the worlds of education, corporate learning, employment, and human resources. We are encouraging market adoption of this work in conjunction with 1EdTech’s ongoing Wellspring Initiative.”

“1EdTech and HR Open have a long history of working together, and we are proud to partner on standardizing verifiable digital credentials. We are committed to improving the employment journey, and this new opportunity to collaborate will bring together many elements from the learning and employment ecosystem,” said Leslie Erwin, HR Open President.

Founded in 1999, the HR Open Standards Consortium is the only independent, non-profit, volunteer-led organization dedicated to developing and promoting a standard suite of specifications to enable human-resource-related data exchanges.

This initiative is made possible by the 1EdTech Foundation with generous support from Walmart.

About 1EdTech
1EdTech is a member-based non-profit community partnership of leading educational providers at all levels, government organizations, and edtech suppliers working together to enable better digital teaching and learning. This unique collaboration establishes the connectivity that accelerates an open, innovative, and trusted education ecosystem in which products work together to enable better learning. Together, we power learner potential. 1EdTech hosts the annual Learning Impact conference and other engagement opportunities to advance the leadership and ideas that shape the future of learning. 1EdTech is supported by an affiliated public charity, the 1EdTech Foundation, that puts philanthropic funds to work for our cause. Visit our website at
About HR Open Standards
Founded in 1999 as the HR-XML Consortium, HR Open Standards Consortium is a voluntary, consensus-based standards organization. Our community of HR technologists facilitates discussions on global technology concepts and challenges. Members collaborate to develop free standards, which encompass the full HR domain from Hire to Retire and are open to all HR professionals.


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