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Active Learning Lab (ALL) Series—”CBE, Meet Your Soulmate, CLR!: A Match Made in Heaven”

AEFIS Academy Community Event

Assessment Institute 2020


Insiya Bream

Assistant Vice President of Data & Systems

University of Maryland Global Campus

Joellen Shendy

Advisory Board Member at Competency-Based Education Network (CBEN)

Competency-Based Education Network (CBEN) & Workday

Suzanne Carbonaro

Director of Academic Partnerships


October 26, 2020 @ 4:15 PM 5:15 PM ET


AEFIS Active Learning Lab or ALL workshop series is a participant-driven, hands-on experience for users who want to learn how to more efficiently implement assessment processes and solutions on their campuses using AEFIS. ALL offers all-inclusive sessions on selected topics where attendees can learn and build solutions specific to their institution or program via a backward-design approach. Using the Edcamp Model “unconference” delivery, this active learning experience focuses on what partners need to know and want to put into action on their campuses tomorrow.

This particular lab focuses on competency-based education and Comprehensive Learner Record; using both in tandem to unpack skills, providing value added to higher education degrees and certificates for students and employers.


The higher education transcript, codified around courses, credits and grades is now becoming more expressive, documenting more explicitly what has been learned, acquired, and practiced. Shifts in the delivery of post-secondary education are in full gear and the focus on outcomes and skills are at the forefront helping to usher in changes in the way higher education verifies degrees.

Comprehensive Learner Record (CLR) is at the epicenter of this change, helping to unpack evidence of learning and making it more explicit and meaningful to students, employers, and institutions. Stakeholders who use CLR as a vehicle for learning in real-time and an ecosystem of skills that employers value are providing valuable opportunities to share knowledge, skills, and abilities with a greater audience.

In Demographics and the Demand for Higher Education, economist and professor Nathan Grawe predicts the current college-going population will drop by 15 percent between 2025 and 2029 and continue to decline by another percentage point or two thereafter. This trend begins to close the door on the traditional pipeline to college and more widely opens the door to a more complex population of learners, adults with degrees, no degrees, partial degrees and the like. Institutions that proactively address these population shifts and need for changes to higher education course and content delivery are those who are ahead of recurrent enrollment melts. Course delivery that is more accessible and affordable to adult workers, stay-at-home parents, diverse learners, and employers who are partners in their employees’ education will survive and thrive.

Key Takeaways

It is our goal to provide the audience with the following intended key takeaways:

1. Identify ways to engage the right stakeholders in a process that supports more holistic measures of student learning

2. Determine how to use Comprehensive Learner Record as both a formative assessment tool and a summative collection of evidence of student learning

3. Discover foundational elements of an assessment strategy linked to employability skills

4. Realize the value of digitizing curriculum and processes to support flexible learning models


We are honored to have these academic leaders coaching this Active Learning Lab:

Insiya Bream, Assistant Vice President of Data & Systems, University of Maryland Global Campus

Insiya Bream, currently in the position of Assistant Vice Provost of Data & Systems at University of Maryland Global Campus, has 14 years of experience as a higher education administrator. She has experience working in Enrollment Management, Admissions and Registration and Records. Insiya has a passion for working with adult students, and finding innovative ways to improve the student and administrator experience by analyzing business processes and exploring technology solutions.

Joellen Shendy, Advisory Board Member at Competency-Based Education Network (CBEN), Competency-Based Education Network (CBEN) & Workday

Joellen Shendy has worked in higher education for over 25 years, during which time she has developed unique expertise in the area of credential innovation and competency-based education, as well as services and programs for non-traditional students. She is currently a Product Strategy Director for Workday Student. In her former role, as Associate Vice Provost and Registrar at University of Maryland Global Campus, Ms. Shendy piloted a comprehensive learner record for competency-based education, helping students share what they know and can do. Concurrently, she developed a competency-based staff development model, using AACRAO core competencies for the profession, to demonstrate that competency and skills as currency aligns learning and earning. Ms. Shendy was a founding member and past President of Chesapeake and Potomac Association of Registrars and Admission Officers (CAPACRAO) and is currently on the Advisory Board of the Competency Based Education Network (CBEN) and a Higher Education Advisory Board member for Credential Engine. Ms. Shendy has written articles and blog posts on the future of education and credential innovations as well as future forward skill/competency-based education, competency-based learning records, and staff development models for AACRAO, IMS Global, Educause, and Parchment among others. She has received awards for credential innovation and Leadership in the field.

Suzanne Carbonaro, Director of Academic Partnerships, AEFIS

Suzanne Carbonaro, M.Ed, MS, CE School Administrator, is the Director of Academic Partnerships at AEFIS. Suzanne has 27 years experience in higher education teaching, curriculum design, assessment and leadership. Most recently, Suzanne served as the Director of Assessment at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at the University of the Sciences where she designed the real-time assessment process for the newly implemented competency-driven doctor of pharmacy curriculum. She came to USciences from Rider University where she served as Director of Assessment and Strategic Partnerships at the College of Education. Here she redesigned their assessment process and managed over a million dollars in grants. Suzanne has led successful self-studies and re-accreditation efforts for the doctor of pharmacy and teacher and leader education programs. She is a proud member of the team who successfully received the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) 2019 Award for Excellence in Assessment. Suzanne was invited to present her research and development of Comprehensive Learner Records (CLRs) to IMS Global at the 2018 Learning Analytics Summit, 2019 IMS Global Digital Credentials Summit and was a finalist for Learning Impact Awards at the Leadership Institute in May 2019. She received the USciences 2018 Founder’s Day Award for Innovation and has presented at AALHE (2018, 2019, 2020), Drexel Assessment Conference (2018, 2019, 2020), IUPUI (2018, 2019, 2020), AACP (2019) as well as regional assessment conferences, and the Competency-Based Education Network (2019, 2020).

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