Implementing a Comprehensive Learner Record of Employer-Defined Credentials for Reflection of the Entirety of Student Experience

Concurrent Session 3
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Brief Abstract

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. 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.

Presenters

Dr. Sherri N. Braxton is the Senior Director of Instructional Technology at UMBC where she is 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. With over 20 years of experience in traditional classroom instruction and adult education strategies grounded in instructional design models, she also possesses over 17 years of experience using learning technologies in higher education settings, including the design and facilitation of online and hybrid courses. Dr. Braxton is a dynamic presenter known for her ability to engage audiences and capture their attention, even for highly complex topics. She collaborates with her staff to devise learning opportunities delivered in multiple modes that meet the varied and shifting needs of both UMBC faculty and students. Dr. Braxton is also the DoIT representative on the University System of Maryland (USM) Academic Transformation Advisory Council, a group spearheaded by the William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation. Dr. Braxton has crafted a national presence through her participation in educational technology associations like EDUCAUSE, the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), and the IMS Global Learning Consortium; in addition to presenting at national, regional, and local conferences, she serves as a proposal reviewer, constituent group leader, leadership institute faculty, and both task force leader and working group participant. Dr. Braxton earned a Doctor of Science in Computer Science with Minors in Educational Leadership and Management Science from the George Washington University. She also holds a Master of Science in Computer Science with a Math Minor from North Carolina State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science from Wake Forest University.

Extended Abstract

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. 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.