One of the first issues we stumbled into – if we speak about the functionalities we want to develop for the Learners – was the very definition of what a “digital learning” is.

The first coming to mind is pretty easy to characterize: some universities or companies provide digital trainings that intentionally have a designed recognised structure and that aim for the learner to gain a certification, diploma or degree.
Those are what we call “formal trainings” and will probably be the easiest to aggregate: the content is already structured and provided, and the online platforms used to offer them already track the trainings’ results and spent time for each Learner. They also are pretty much recognised in the professional sphere and thus presented in traditional resumes at the Learner’s discretion.

Then we have the “informal trainings”: they are most of the time carefully thought trainings designed for the Learners to acquire knowledge or skills but in less academical or recognised contexts: most of MOOCs or online classes are to be found in this category.
They are less organised, some are charged and some not, some provide data about the different contents and levels and about the Learner’s completion and spent time for the training, but some not, and the evaluation processes are diverse… when existing at all.
One of our new standard’s stake is to be applicable to those trainings, to spread across the different providers and offer a steady frame with two purposes: for the providers to be better acknowledged and its content better recognised, and for our platform to automatically aggregate relevant data displayable in our digital resume.

Lastly come the “Non formal trainings”: those represent all the digital learning material a Learner could want to enhance as training: YouTube videos, Wikipedia articles, e-books, blogs…
As Internet and digital contents develop, so do our accessible knowledge database and we are concerned about adding value and recognition to this voluntary and chosen form of self improvement. But how could we formalize that? Do the Learners want to enhance those non formal trainings? Do the recruiters pay attention to them? Do we want, need and are we able to give them a special place in our resumes? In a free text space? Something else? Could be develop a partnership with well-known or extremely popular non formal content providers and thus expend our norm’s use and spreading?

Our next step with the project is to find some answers to those very important questions.