Learner / Identity


Universal Transcripts

The future NLET envisions is one in which every person who wants one has a universal transcript that securely transcribes formal and informal learning, work history and social identity.

NLET bases this work on what we call Learner Identity which we are seeking funds to study, determine open standards and build pilots to be tested by high school and college students and adult learners.

Approach: Universal access to inclusive learning

NLET is passionately committed to turn the rhetoric of personalization and learner-centered education into a digital and social-technical reality for learners.

It starts and ends with the learner. While this sounds easy and reasonable, it actually requires a true transformation of thinking from the bottom-up with data from the “client” learner helping to improve the system through their active participation with their learning.

Too often that student is the last person to have the tools and insights into how they learn; what they learn; and how they can improve themselves, discover their passions, get back on track, or interact with peers and others around learning.

Focus: “K14 Learning Tracks”

NLET’s commitment to empowering the end-user learner as a full participant in the learning and education ecosystem is found in both research and development (R & D).  

The NLET “K14 Learning Tracks” research agenda is to better understand how and where learning occurs, and how involved or engaged learners are in various forms of learning. Critical to the development of this work is investigating and piloting tools that increasingly put the learner in the “driver’s seat” of their own learning and its management. We think there are inventive ways to do this and it is core to our agenda.

Our 2011 NSF-funded exploratory research on agent-based modeling of students “flowing” through a K12 district is an example of NLET’s collaborative approach to R & D. NLET conceived of and helped manage the project that involved the participation of Los Alamos National Laboratory, University of California Santa Cruz and University of Texas Austin.

Current Activity: Universal transcription of all learning 

K14 Tracks is currently an in-house project of NLET.  NLET is in discussion and searching for partners to define and develop the concepts around K through the first two years of college or community college transcription that represent: 1) a universal method, social and secure, and data standard, for 2) transcribing formal, informal and incidental learning and storing that information, so that 3) patterns, predictions and recommendations can be generated automatically at the permission of the learner or their family that are based on anonymous data from other learners.

Current Objectives: Fund convening & design work

NLET has two objectives:  1) find R & D and piloting partners, and 2) raise funding for symposia among learners, K12 and higher education, technology companies and funders on the most needed attributes and specifications for the K14Tracks system.

  • NLET would like to raise $ 50,000.00 to hold a set of convenings, virtual and physical on these issues.
  • NLET would like to raise $ 250,000 to be invested in a partnership group to build a prototype of K14 Tracks.