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Panel Discussion—Developing Opportunities for Competency Embedded Education at Your Institution

AEFIS Academy Community Event


Dr. Janet Thiel

Assistant Vice-President for University Assessment

Georgian Court University

Ceceilia O'Callaghan

Director, Career Services/Adjunct

Georgian Court University

Dr. Sherri Braxton

Senior Director for Digital Innovation @ Bowdoin / USM Consultant

Bowdoin College

Dr. Devin DuPree

Assessment Coordinator

Brigham Young University-Idaho

August 3, 2021 @ 2:00 PM 2:45 PM EDT


As a holistic approach to improving student success, Comprehensive Learner Record (CLR) has the potential to positively impact the student success ecosystem, making transparent skills-based learning outcomes to students, faculty, and employers. CLR is a dynamic, real-time portfolio, which is both a display of curricular, co-curricular, and experiential artifacts of learning and a digital skills “wallet” that is verified by the institution and linked to learning outcomes aligned to today’s employability skills. Launching a digital skills initiative takes time, precision, and alignment planning and human and technology resources to align this initiative with the institutional mission and vision.

Join this panel discussion to learn more about how you can engage your institutional stakeholders embedding skills-based learning into already existing courses and add new opportunities to transform co-curricular and experiential at your institution.

Key Takeaways

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

1. Determine the opportunities for competency-focused learning at your institution
2. Identify strategies and key stakeholders to launch digital skills initiatives at your institution
3. Discuss potential challenges and success opportunities to support the implementation
4. Create a blueprint that includes timelines, human and technology capital, and outcomes for short term, midterm, and long-term goals


Dr. Janet Thiel, Assistant Vice-President for University Assessment, Georgian Court University

Sister Janet Thiel is the Assistant Vice President for University Assessment at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, NJ. She is an experienced director of assessment with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Academic Advising, Instructional Design, Curriculum Development, and Distance Learning, Sr. Janet holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) focused in Post-secondary and Adult Education from Capella University.

Ceceilia O'Callaghan, Director, Career Services/Adjunct, Georgian Court University

Helping students identify and realize their career goals is what brings me the greatest amount of satisfaction in my career. While pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in History at Rutgers College, I realized I wanted to build a career working with college students. While pursuing a Master of Education degree in Guidance and Counseling Psychology from the Rutgers University, I did an internship in Career Services and the rest was history! Working at Georgetown University, Rutgers -Camden, The College of New Jersey, Rutgers School of Nursing and currently Georgian Court University, I find that helping students realize their career goals requires assisting them in developing career competencies. However, it isn't enough for students to say you can do something, you have to demonstrate to employers why you believe you are able to do it. Most recently, I have been working to help students document that evidence, using the NACE Career Readiness Competencies. By doing so, I help individuals advance their goals and my institution assess its effectiveness in building students' competencies.

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.

Dr. Devin DuPree, Assessment Coordinator, Brigham Young University-Idaho

What started as a part-time job to help get through graduate school has become a career in institutional research and assessment.  I started with the Office of Planning and Assessment at Texas Tech University while completing a master's and doctoral degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.  I then worked as an institutional assessment coordinator for Green River College in Auburn, WA and as a policy researcher for the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges before coming to Brigham Young University-Idaho as an assessment coordinator.  It has been a pleasure to work with so many dedicated educators from various roles in various institutions of higher education.  My goal is to serve and help others find what works and what does not work in their focused efforts to effectively help students reach their goals.

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