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Our Manifesto


The Digital Learning Consortium was created to strengthen online learning opportunities for professionals, enhancing the skills they need to succeed in a global economy. It promotes a vision of connected silos between all organizations, big and small, in which shared approaches drive broad adoption of digital learning solutions and enhance innovative thinking on a global scale.

Many of the world's largest firms, platform providers, and top academic institutions have joined forces around a unified vision built on three pillars: a multi-platform lifelong learning ecosystem, a consistent protocol for learner credentials, and a growing body of research supporting the most effective methods for building learner skills and behaviors.

The Digital Learning Consortium is now articulating goals that will support the functions of these three pillars. These goals include:

For the Lifelong Learning Ecosystem

  • Helping companies connect solutions from multiple providers.
  • Supporting and enhancing standards for metadata on learner demographics, authentication, content, and learning outcomes.
  • Protecting learner and organizational data.
  • Welcoming learners with a flexible, consistent, and inspiring user interface.

For Credentials Protocols

  • Supporting and enhancing standards for metadata on credentials and learning analytics.
  • Granting learners the power to steer their credentials and achievements across platforms in companies, schools, and regulatory agencies.
  • Enhancing trust between learners and organizations through recognition for new and emerging micro credentials.
  • Enabling cross-platform learning personalization through shared approaches to metadata, artificial intelligence, and cognitive technologies.

For Evidence-Based Learning Methods

  • Sponsoring and disseminating continuing research into the psychology and physiology of learning and behavior change, in order to ensure and continually improve the effectiveness of learning methods and products.
  • Enabling the informative and ethical use of learning analytics.
  • Driving reinvention of the L&D profession, the enhancement of learning professionals' skills, and the continued growth of effective learning technologies.

We invite our members to work with us as we build consensus on the most effective ways to define standards, create and disseminate reference models, and implement these goals for the advancement of digital learning.