Strategies for Joining the Digital Credentials Transformation—How CLR Can Support Continuing Education Initiatives at Your Institution
Director of Institutional Assessment
Johns Hopkins University
Senior Director for Digital Innovation @ Bowdoin / USM Consultant
Director of Student Affairs
University of Rochester
Associate Vice Provost for Education & Accreditation Liaison Officer
Johns Hopkins University
Assistant Dean for Online Education, Wegmans School of Pharmacy
Saint John Fisher University
Director of Academic Partnerships
June 15, 2021 @ 2:00 PM – 2:50 PM EDT
Higher education continues to show its resiliency and success in digital transformation strategies linked to supporting innovative designs in curriculum and delivery models aimed at providing value to students. In a 2021 Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) workforce analysis report, a diverse set of employers share their views on workforce preparedness and the outcomes, skills and experiences they value most in recruiting their team members for jobs (Finley, 2021). This analysis serves as a reminder to higher education that students need to translate their learning from one setting to another in order to support specific workforce needs and responsibilities.
Comprehensive Learner Record, a dynamic, verified record of student achievements across curricular, co-curricular and experiential learning activities provides evidence of student learning in real-time, giving institutional administrators, student advisors, employers and students a window into student learning.
This session will focus on how higher education institutions across the country are answering the call for digital transformation, providing programming for adult learners, leading to badging and CLR for recognition of skills and portability for sharing with employers.
It is our goal to provide the audience with the following intended key takeaways:
1. Identify key opportunities to extend your program delivery to adult learning space
2. Identify ways to create stackable credentials on top of degree programs or other offerings at your institution
3. Determine how CLR can support your digital transformation of skills recognition and lifelong learning at your institution
Dr. Chadia Abras, Director of Institutional Assessment, Johns Hopkins University
Chadia Abras, Ph.D. joined the Provost’s Office in July 2019 as Johns Hopkins University’s inaugural Director of Institutional Assessment. In this role, Dr. Abras collaborates with a variety of institutional stakeholders to support quality student learning by assisting academic programs in developing and refining assessment plans, meeting the goals of defined learning outcomes, and encouraging a culture of learner-centered education. She plays a key role in ensuring ongoing compliance with standards of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education by promoting institutional effectiveness and fostering a culture of continuous improvement. Dr. Abras will lead implementation of the University’s first shared Assessment Management System (AMS) as her first major project. She will also serve as the lead for the SMS users group and a key contributor to the University Council for Learning Assessment.
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.
Colleen Johnson, Director of Student Affairs, University of Rochester
Colleen Johnson, MS, joined the UR School of Nursing in July 2020 as its new Director of Student Affairs. Johnson brings a wealth of experience to the role. She worked for seven years at Rochester Institute of Technology, and most recently spent five years at Finger Lakes Community College, where she was director of academic success and access programs.
Dr. Janet Schreck, Associate Vice Provost for Education & Accreditation Liaison Officer, Johns Hopkins University
Janet Simon Schreck, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, FNAP joined Johns Hopkins University in December 2015 as the its Assistant Vice Provost for Education. Dr. Schreck is responsible for collaborating with the Vice Provost of Graduate and Professional Education and a broad cross-section of the campus community to improve undergraduate and graduate education and providing oversight for academic compliance. Dr. Schreck serves as the Accreditation Liaison Officer to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, chairs the University Committee on Learning Assessment, and serves as senior staff to the Second Commission on Undergraduate Education (CUE2). A licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist with a focus on neurogenic disorders in adults, Dr. Schreck has published multiple articles and delivered numerous national presentations on the topics of cognitive-communication changes associated with typical aging as well as screening, assessment, and treatment of cognitive-communication disorders associated with dementia. Before joining Johns Hopkins University in the Provost’s Office, Dr. Schreck served as a full-time clinical faculty member in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at Loyola University Maryland where she taught a number of undergraduate, graduate, and clinical practicum courses. She also served as the Executive Director of the Loyola Clinical Centers (LCC), Loyola’s interdisciplinary training clinic where she created an administrative environment that facilitated state-of-the art training for students in four academic disciplines across two schools while simultaneously providing affordable, quality allied health and education services to more than 4,000 clients annually.
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).
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