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OLC Accelerate Academic Session—”Implementing a Comprehensive Learner Record of Employer-Defined Credentials for Reflection of the Entirety of Student Experience”

OLC Accelerate 2020


Dr. Sherri Braxton

Senior Director for Digital Innovation @ Bowdoin / USM Consultant

Bowdoin College

Suzanne Carbonaro

Director of Academic Partnerships


November 18, 2020 @ 11:00 AM 12:00 PM ET


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.

This session will provide insight into the University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s efforts to pilot a Comprehensive Learner Record (CLR) and how this effort organically provides evidence of student learning. UMBC’s pilot focuses on tracking acquisition of knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA) defined by the Greater Washington Partnership (GWP) Capital COLab, an academic and industry partnership focusing on developing a skilled workforce in the region. Learn how this partnership is supporting curriculum revision, student learning and preparing students for their future careers. In addition, UMBC’s Communication Continuum will be shared as it has been the foundation for collaborative conversations with faculty about the revisions to teaching and learning leading to end-to-end CLR, which has been particularly challenging amidst COVID-19. Attendees will also gain insights into several concepts currently transforming the higher education landscape; these areas include competency-based learning, digital credentials, interoperable systems, and comprehensive learner records.

Key Takeaways

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

1. Identify curricular and co-curricular achievements to display on CLR

2. Describe strategies for mapping competencies to define stackable micro-credentials

3. Identify best practices for multi-stakeholder collaboration in the adoption of CLR

4. Adapt CLR Best Practices Continuum to their own CLR initiatives

In addition to presentation slides with question/answer opportunities interspersed throughout, engagement strategies including audience polling, storytelling, and demonstrations of actual higher education implementations as part of the session.


Dr. Sherri Braxton, Senior Director for Digital Innovation @ Bowdoin / USM Consultant, Bowdoin College

Dr. Sherri Braxton currently serves as the Senior Director for Digital Innovation at Bowdoin College. In this role, she is responsible for supporting the ongoing Bowdoin Online Learning and Teaching (BOLT) operational vision and strategy and providing day-to-day guidance and support across the overall effort. She regularly partners with stakeholders throughout the college while leading efforts to identify, prioritize, and pursue other opportunities for digital innovation. She also leads efforts to partner and collaborate with peers and other institutions on these digital learning initiatives.  Dr. Braxton also currently serves as a consultant for the University System of Maryland under the direction of the Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation. In that role, she supports strategic programs in the areas of alternative credentialing, online learning and other areas as needed. Dr. Braxton previously served as the Senior Director of Instructional Technology at UMBC where she was responsible for leading the Division of Information Technology’s (DoIT) strategy for end-user support of instructional technologies including online, hybrid, and traditional “face-to-face” technologies as well as the alternative credentialing initiatives.

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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