The learn-and-work ecosystem is a connected system of formal and informal learning (education and training) and work. The ecosystem is composed of many building blocks. When all the building blocks are working together, individuals are able to move more seamlessly through the marketplace using a variety of credentials to communicate the skills and knowledge acquired in multiple settings (e.g., school, work, service, self-study). Employers have more detailed and externally-validated information during their hiring and upskilling processes. Schools are better able to count learning obtained outside of academic settings toward a degree or other credential. And the public is informed about our learn-and-work ecosystem. For the ecosystem to function effectively, all parts of the system must be connected and coordinated.
Learn & Work Ecosystem Library
The goal of the Learn & Work Ecosystem Library is to make learn-and-work ecosystem information easier to find, use, and maximize for diverse stakeholders. The Library will inform users about the learn-and-work ecosystem with three types of content:
Knowledge about components and sub-component topics in the ecosystem, including links to other websites and resources for further information
Key projects working in these areas, to improve aspects of the ecosystem
Many initiatives are working to improve the learn and work ecosystem in areas such as credentialing, equity and inclusion, quality and value of credentials, employer hiring, digital learner records, professional development for higher education faculty and administrators, and platforms to match job opportunities with skills acquired through new credentialing by learners.