Evidencing student competencies - Lessons from an extended transcript pilot!

Concurrent Session 4

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Brief Abstract

Over the past year, UMUC has collaborated with IMS Global and Learning Objects to envision and create an extended, competency based transcript. Last fall, with support from the AACRAO/NASPA Lumina Grant, UMUC piloted a version of a competency based transcript. This session explores that pilot.

We will present the steps to implementation, lessons learned, and what is next on UMUC's roadmap for evidencing students


Currently Associate Vice Provost and Registrar at University of Maryland University College, Joellen has worked in higher education serving adult students since 1988. She focuses on the strategic future of credentialing and 21st Century student records, supporting student learning via projects that empower students with metacognitive agency to articulate what they know and can do throughout their educational journey. UMUC is one of 12 institutions working on a new comprehensive student record model as part of a Lumina Grant through AACRAO and NASPA. Her current work is with IMS Global bringing vendors and institutions together to create a new extended transcript for competency-based education.

Extended Abstract

New learning models like competency-based education are helping higher education re-imagine pedagogy and practice. As institutions work to design innovative and workforce relevant credentials it has become clear that identifying how to help students communicate the value of these credentials to employers must go hand in hand with program design and implementation. How do we provide students with new ways to evidence their learning that are 21st Century relevant, transparent, formative in nature, and portable? UMUC piloted, in fall 2016, an extended transcript showing student competnecies. This extended transcript, or eT, provides greater transparency into what a student knows and can do. In this session, we will provide an update on the status and early results of UMUC's pilot including preliminary student feedback as well as initial efforts to work with employers. 

Come here lessons learned, emerging practices, and advice on the extended transcript by taking the idea of a new way to evidence student learning from vision to reality!