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Empowering Metacognitive Learning—How to design curricula linked to essential skills to prepare students for careers and lifelong learning

Community Event: Author Spotlight


Suzanne Carbonaro

Director of Academic Partnerships


Dr. Andrew Wolf

Assistant Dean for Online Education, Wegmans School of Pharmacy

Saint John Fisher University

Rebecca Red Wolf

Writing Center Coordinator, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

University of Rochester

Dr. Christopher Davis

Vice President of Academic Services and Quality

University of Maryland Global Campus

July 20, 2022 @ 1:00 PM 2:00 PM EDT



Bridging workforce needs within academic structures is a challenge for many institutions. Having a common language for communicating learning, identifying what skills students are developing and what outcomes they are achieving through curricular and co-curricular experiences is a key component for lifelong learning and return on investment. Learn from the authors of a newly published Grand Challenges in Assessment AALHE Intersections journal article entitled “Empowering Metacognitive Learning in a Competency-Based Curriculum in Health Professions Through Comprehensive Learner Record.” Join us to discuss challenges, opportunities, and processes for leading your curriculum revision to link relevant skills to programs and better articulate feedback to students to empower their reflective practice, preparation, growth, and success, aligned to career enablement, and lifelong learning. Moderated by Dr. Christopher Davis, VP of Academic Services and Quality at the University of Maryland Global Campus, who is leading a campus-wide initiative guiding curriculum mapping to skills, engage with authors as they take a deep dive into metacognitive learning in the health professions, high-impact practices, and what they are calling ePortfolio 2.0, or CLR, which serves as a catalyst for student autonomy into their learning choices to better prepare them for their future career as more reflective, confident practitioners.


  1. Determine essential team members and pilot programs that can lead this initiative of curriculum redesign aligned to skills
  2. Design a process that aligns with your institutional culture to create or revise curricula to provide opportunities for feedback on skills to enhance metacognitive learning
  3. Discuss best practices and lessons learned with authors who are leading initiatives that enable metacognitive learning through the development of CLR


Dr. Andrew Wolf, Assistant Dean for Online Education, Wegmans School of Pharmacy, Saint John Fisher University

Andrew Wolf is the Director for Educational Effectiveness, and Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester School of Nursing. Dr. Wolf supports the School’s educational mission through assessment and innovation focused on improving student learning. He also coordinates accreditation activities and has served on evaluation teams for Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Dr. Wolf continues to teach graduate students in an interprofessional health professions education program, and nursing programs.

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).

Rebecca Red Wolf, Writing Center Coordinator, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, University of Rochester

Dr. Christopher Davis, Vice President of Academic Services and Quality, University of Maryland Global Campus

Dr. Chris Davis serves as Vice President of Academic Services and Quality at the University of Maryland Global Campus. In over two decades in higher education he has served in a variety of leadership and faculty roles at multiple universities in both the non-profit and for-profit sector. He started his career in higher education as an adjunct faculty member at Baker College in Michigan in 1997. He joined the faculty at Baker full-time a year later and moved into administration first as a Dean and then as system Director for Effective Teaching and Learning and later becoming Director of Assessment. In 2008, he joined National Louis University in Chicago at Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness. Joining Colorado Technical University in 2011, he served as Vice Provost with responsibility for online faculty and later supervised doctoral programs. He became Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness at Western International University in 2014, and later became Provost, and then President during the teach-out of the university until it closed March 1, 2019. Dr. Davis served as a Higher Learning Commission peer reviewer for 15 years and has been a Middle States Commission for Higher Education reviewer since 2020.

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