How To Support A Competency-Based Learning Model Online

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Brief Abstract

In contrast to conventional learning models tied to credit hours and seat-time, competency-based models shift the focus from grades to learning, emphasizing feedback that empowers learners. Come learn how Brightspace supports competency-based principles for traditional academic programs as well as for continuing education, professional development, and workforce initiatives


Dr. Christopher Sessums is the Director of Academic Affairs at D2L working with higher education institutions across the globe to optimize student success and institutional effectiveness. Prior to joining D2L, Christopher served as a faculty member, researcher, and administrator at the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Education, at the University of California, Berkeley, and at the University of Florida. His research interests include assessment strategies, data and analytics, alternative learning models, lean business strategies, and educational policy.

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