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IMS Global & AEFIS: Together, Using Open Standards to Align Learning Outcomes with Industry Skills

CBExchange 2021


Suzanne Carbonaro

Director of Academic Partnerships


Daniel Blickensderfer

Digital Credentials Technical Program Manager

IMS Global

November 11, 2021 @ 3:00 PM 3:45 PM EST


The need to provide learners of all ages with skills in addition to academic credentials has been highlighted well before COVID-19. As vaccines rollout and job reports deliver mixed news, the national conversation about skills and academic credentials amongst practitioners center on if there are ways to manage these seemingly disparate needs. According to a new report by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), “The alignment of educational outcomes with workforce needs plays an essential role in promoting both individual socioeconomic mobility and national economic growth and competitiveness.” In this session, we’ll explore what solutions can support the learner-to-earner trajectory, and how technology can utilize foundational open standards.

AEFIS empowers institutions to demonstrate educational impact through a unified platform for assessment management, learner success, and continuous improvement, activating lifelong learning. AEFIS strongly believes in interoperability and as a proud member of the IMS Global Learning Consortium, has a number of active certifications that enable the connection of Student Information and Learning Management Systems for more robust reporting and functionality. To do this, AEFIS uses IMS Global’s Competencies and Academic Standards Exchange (CASE) specification as well as Comprehensive Learner Record (CLR) standard. Both work in tandem to store, exchange and manage information about academic standards and competency achievements. CASE is able to label standards, competencies, and skills as such, and make multiple pieces machine-readable and exchangeable. Through CLR, AEFIS provides a fully interoperable achievement record that incorporates achievements across student learning experiences shareable with employers.

Key Takeaways

1. Participants will determine the purpose and functionality of the IMS Global CASE open standard.

2. Participants will discover AEFIS’s approach to authoring academic content, interoperability, the solutions they offer to curriculum and assessment design.

3. Participants will identify how CASE provides a framework for including competencies, and how these become part of the Comprehensive Learner Record

4. Participants will recognize the value of IMS Global membership and AEFIS’ suite of solutions for competency-based education.


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).

Daniel Blickensderfer, Digital Credentials Technical Program Manager, IMS Global

Dan Blickensderfer joined IMS Global as Digital Credentials Technical Program Manager, which includes the Comprehensive Learner Record (CLR) and Open Badges. Dan brings experience in higher education and expertise in enterprise technical communication, including instructional design, educational technology, software technical publications, and faculty development.Dan’s career in higher education has focused on providing access to educational opportunities and using affordances of technology in the service of that access. This has included work in asynchronous online learning, project-based learning, open educational resources (OER), competency-based education, and development of credentials that “stack” into degrees.Dan was most recently the Director of Learning Experience at the University of New England (UNE), leading the design team developing and maintaining the catalog of the fully-online graduate school’s programs. Prior to UNE, Dan helped create and deliver SNHU's initial online competency-based education (CBE) degree programs.He holds a B.A. in English from the University of Maine.

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