Accreditation - The action or process of officially recognizing someone as having a particular status or being qualified to perform a particular activity.

Assessment - The evaluation or estimation of the nature, quality, or ability of someone or something.


  • National Faith-Related Accreditors - 1. Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) Commission on Accreditation 2. Association of Advanced Rabbinical and Talmudic Schools (AARTS) Accreditation Commission 3. Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) 4. Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) Accreditation Commission
  • National Career-Related Accreditors
  • Programmatic Accreditors - designed for specialized departments, programs, schools, or colleges within a university or institution that has already received accreditation.

Applicant Tracking System - A software application that enables the electronic handling of recruitment needs. An ATS can be implemented or accessed online on an enterprise or small business level, depending on the needs of the company.

Artifacts - Pictures, Videos, Files, other embedded content that comprises an entry.

Authentic Assessment - the measurement of "intellectual accomplishments that are worthwhile, significant, and meaningful," as contrasted to multiple choice standardized tests. Can be devised by the teacher, or in collaboration with the student by engaging student voice.

Authentic, Experiential, and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) - AAEEBL is an international professional association dedicated to supporting educational leaders committed to education transformation relevant to 21st-century teachings and best known for promotion of ePortfolios as a high impact practice in higher education. 

Badges (Badging) - The practice of acquiring badges that represent an accomplishment, achievement, or skill acquisition - more granular than a formal degree, but helps to make incremental learning more visible. To see more info, click here.

Blind Hiring - Judge a potential employee solely based on their experience. Decisions are made by looking at demonstrated work and skills.

Career Readiness - The attainment and demonstration of requisite competencies that broadly prepare college graduates for a successful transition into the workplace.

Campus Recruiting - Refers to the process whereby employers undertake an organized program of attracting and hiring students who are about to graduate from schools, colleges, and universities.

Clearable Talent - Security clearances. To see more info, click here.

Co-Curricular Transcript (CCT) - An official record of leadership accomplishments and involvement in student organizations, community service activities, and professional/educational development programs.

Co-curricular Work -  Refers to activities, programs, and learning experiences that complement, in some way, what students are learning in school—i.e., experiences that are connected to or mirror the academic curriculum. Typically, but not always, defined by their separation from academic courses.

Competency-Based Education (CBE) - Students should know and be able to do, and they graduate when they have demonstrated their competency. To see more info, click here.

Competency Marketplace - Locations that provide employers with opportunities to hire potential employees by looking at their skills (competencies).

Connected Learning - When someone is pursuing a personal interest with the support of peers, mentors and caring adults, and in ways that open up opportunities for them. It is a fundamentally different mode of learning than education centered on fixed subjects, one-to-many instruction, and standardized testing.

Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) - A national advocate and institutional voice for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation, CHEA is an association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities and recognizes 60 institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations.

Credentials - a qualification, achievement, personal quality, or aspect of a person's background, typically when used to indicate that they are suitable for something. To see more info, click here.

Critical Assignment - Final assignment for assessing student learning outcomes.


ePortfolio (Electronic Portfolio) - An electronic collection of evidence, samples, and examples that show your learning journey over time. Can relate to specific academic/business fields or lifelong learning.

ePortfolio, history of - Electronic portfolios have become a popular alternative to paper-based portfolios because they provide the opportunity to review, communicate and give feedback in an asynchronous manner. In addition, students are able to reflect on their work, which makes the experience of creating the e-portfolio meaningful. Furthermore, the ability to edit, alter, transport, showcase, and add to an eportfolio have allowed it to become the predominant form, compared to the traditional portfolio.

ePortfolio, types - 1. Developmental 2. Assessment 3. Showcase

Evidence-based human resources - Practice is the process of critically identifying and employing HR interventions and approaches that have the strongest basis of empirical support for attaining desired outcomes.

Evidence-based hiring - Best practices are identified and implemented in order to overcome opinions, knowledge gaps and biases, and includes the use of formal, explicit methods to analyze evidence and make it available to decision makers.

Formative assessment - Including diagnostic testing, is a range of formal and informal assessment procedures conducted by teachers during the learning process in order to modify teaching and learning activities to improve student attainment.

Formative reflection - A process used by teachers and students during instruction that provides feedback to adjust ongoing teaching and learning to improve students' achievement of intended instructional outcomes.” Central to this definition are several important ideas.


High-Impact Experiences - Learning experiences that are thought to improve student retention and engagement. 1. First-Year Experiences 2. Common Intellectual Experiences 3. Learning Communities 4. Writing-Intensive Courses 5. Collaborative Assignments and Projects 6. Undergraduate Research 7. Diversity/Global Learning 8. Service Learning, Community-Based Learning 9. Internships 10. Capstone Courses and Projects 

IMS Global Learning Consortium - A non-profit member collaborative inventing the future of education and learning technology.  IMS enables a plug & play architecture and ecosystem that provides a foundation for which innovative products can be rapidly deployed and work seamlessly together. IMS suppliers are the market leaders in innovation. IMS member institutions are getting to the future of digital learning faster.

IMS Global Certified - The most cost-effective way to achieve product integrations while providing assurances to buyers that the education industry will be the best it can be in terms of open innovation well into the future. When your organization becomes certified you receive all the benefits of becoming connected as a member of the world's most influential technical consortium leading the future of educational technology innovation and Learning Impact.

IMS Certification - A bond of trust and commitment to creating innovative products that work together for the benefit of instructors, students, and institutions.

Intentional Learning - Persistent, continual process to acquire, understand and use a variety of strategies to improve one's ability to attain and apply knowledge.

NSSE - National Survey of Student Engagement - Survey mechanism used to measure the level of student participation at universities and colleges in Canada and the United States as it relates to learning and engagement. The results of the survey help administrators and professors to assess their students' student engagement. The survey targets first-year and senior students on campuses. To see more info, click here.


Learning Management System - A software application for the administration, documentation, tracking, reporting, and delivery of educational courses or training programs.

Learning Outcomes - Statements that describe significant and essential learning that learners have achieved, and can reliably demonstrate at the end of a course or program.

Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) - The principal concept is to establish a standard way of integrating rich learning applications (often remotely hosted and provided through third-party services) with platforms like learning management systems, portals, learning object repositories, or other educational environments. To see more info, click here.


Micro-credentials - Also known as "Badges", a natural extension of educators’ professional learning journeys. Educators engage in both formal and informal professional learning activities but are rarely recognized for their informal learning.

Massive Open Online Courses - An online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web.

NACE Competencies - Developed by a task force of career services professionals for career services professionals, the competencies will help you: 1. Gauge your professional expertise in key areas 2. Develop meaningful professional development 3. Build job descriptions around critical skills and attributes. 


Portfolio Entries -  Artifacts that one has created and accumulated that best display their talent, prowess, and ability.

Pedagogy - The function or work of a teacher; teaching.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) -
Statements that describe what learners will know and be able to do when they graduate from a program. They are closely linked to the credential framework and program standards.

Programmatic Review  - A quality review process whereby a provider conducts a critical evaluation of its programs, or all programs within a unit/department school, or all programs within a field of learning.

Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) - Describes a carefully designed course of action that addresses a well defined and focused topic or issue related to enhancing student learning and should be embedded within the institution’s ongoing integrated institution-wide planning.

Reflective Learning - A way of allowing students to step back from their learning experience to help them develop critical thinking skills and improve future performance by analyzing their experience.

Rubric - An attempt to communicate expectations of quality around a task. In many cases, scoring rubrics are used to delineate consistent criteria for grading. Because the criteria are public, a scoring rubric allows teachers and students alike to evaluate criteria, which can be complex and subjective. A scoring rubric can also provide a basis for self-evaluation, reflection, and peer review. It is aimed at accurate and fair assessment, fostering understanding, and indicating a way to proceed with subsequent learning/teaching.


Single Sign-On - A session and user authentication service that permits a user to use one set of login credentials (e.g., name and password) to access multiple applications.

Skills Gap - Skill Gap is the difference in the skills required for on the job and the actual skills possessed by the employees. 

Skills Matrices - A grid or table that clearly and visibly illustrates the skills and competence held by individuals within a team. Its primary aim is to help in the understanding, develop, deployment and tracking of people and their skills.

Student Information System - A management information system for education establishments to manage student data.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) - Are statements that specify what students will know, be able to do or be able to demonstrate when they have completed or participated in a program/activity/course/project. Outcomes are usually expressed as knowledge, skills, attitudes or values.

Summative Assessment - The goal of summative assessment is to evaluate student learning at the end of an instructional unit by comparing it against some standard or benchmark. Summative assessments are often high stakes, which means that they have a high point value. Examples of summative assessments include: a midterm exam. a final project.

Summative Reflection - The purpose is to document your professional growth as evidenced through your practice (teaching) and professional learning.


Voluntary Product Assessment Template - A vendor-generated statement (using the required template) that provides relevant information on how a vendor’s product or service claims to conform to the Section 508 Standards.

Work Samples -
Artifacts that one has created and accumulated that best display their talent, prowess, and ability.


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