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Commitment from Edtech Leaders Endorsing TrustEd Microcredentials

We, the undersigned educational technology leaders and innovators at our respective organizations, are united in support of the 1EdTech TrustEd Microcredential Coalition and its mission to elevate the trust, quality, and value of digital microcredentials for earners, issuers, and consumers.

The Coalition, composed of leaders from 1EdTech’s community of more than 1,000 member organizations (and growing) of K-20 institutions and edtech suppliers, developed a TrustEd Microcredential Framework that serves as the benchmark for transparency and quality in digital credentials. This collaborative effort aligns seamlessly with 1EdTech’s commitment to advancing educational technology and fostering an environment that empowers learners and educators alike. Adopting the TrustEd Microcredentials Framework is pivotal to powering learner potential by enhancing the trust, quality, and value of digital microcredentials. 

In a world of growing microcredentials, a TrustEd Microcredential is designed to ensure quality and trust through transparency of data. It is issued through the international Open Badges standard to support a truly interoperable, trusted credentials ecosystem. 

This is accomplished through organizations acknowledging the following: 

Microcredential Classification Model

Our organization recognizes the significance of metadata in addressing trust, quality, and learner-mobility requirements for microcredentials.

We commit to adhering to the minimum expectations for metadata (defined by the TrustEd Microcredential Coalition Framework) to ensure consistency and reliability across all classification levels.

Implementation and Certification Program

For institutions to achieve a digital credentials ecosystem of growth and trust, it is paramount that edtech suppliers certify to Open Badges 3.0. Through the standard, learners should have agency over their credentials and be allowed to share and move their credentials across open systems using standard connections. Institutions should also set requirements to work with 1EdTech-certified products and expect their suppliers to be current with 1EdTech standards.

Our organization recognizes the need for a robust validation and certification program for the benefit of learners.

We commit to actively implementing or requiring our partners to implement such a program to uphold the integrity of TrustEd Microcredentials.

Communication of Expectations

Our organization is committed to transparently communicating the expectations set forth by the TrustEd Microcredential Coalition.

We commit to actively engaging with our stakeholders to raise awareness of the quality and value of digital microcredentials, fostering a collective commitment to excellence through the dissemination of information and resources.

Improve the Credentials Ecosystem with TrustEd Microcredentials

Join the effort to increase the value of digital credentials through transparency by endorsing the work of the TrustEd Microcredential Coalition.

Contact the 1EdTech Digital Credentials team to add your name and organization here.

Sherri Braxton Castanzo

Senior Director for Digital Innovation

Bowdoin College

Jim Chilton

EVP, Chief Technology Officer


Ed Clark, Ed.D.

Chief Information Officer

California State University, Office of the Chancellor

Chris Davis

Vice President of Academic Services and Quality

University of Maryland Global Campus

Nicole Engelbert

Vice President, Product Strategy, Higher Education Applications Development


Rita Fennelly-Atkinson

Senior Director of Credentials

Digital Promise

Tyson Heath

Director, Credential Integrity

Western Governors University

Rick Johnson

Co-Founder and Vice President of Solutions Engineering and Accessibility


David Koehn

Vice President of Product


Patrina Law

Lifelong Learning Lead


Ryan Lufkin

Vice President of Global Academic Strategy


Jeff McCoy

Associate Superintendent

Greenville County Schools

Kim Moore

Executive Director, Office for Workforce,
Professional and Community Education

Wichita State University

Collin Sullivan

Coordinator of Digital Credentialing

University of Maryland, Baltimore County




To learn more about the TrustEd Microcredential Coalition and how to get involved, contact us at


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