Unpacking CBE

New competency-based education (CBE) programs provide learners with an alternative pathway through degrees and certification. What does that mean for those who teach in traditional programs? How is competency based education shaping what traditional institutions offer students? This session will unpack the meaning and processes behind CBE, with a specific eye to how the assessment and recognition of competencies benefits various stakeholders, including business and industry. The program will also feature the uniqueness of Brandman University’s degree programs, developed as an online-only program that uses digital badges to commemorate student progress.

Recorded on March 16, 2016



Diane Singer

Assistant Professor of Marketing, Brandman University
Assistant professor of marketing, Diane Singer, is a workforce and business educator, curriculum developer and instructional designer. She has provided leadership for Brandman University’s competency based degree programs. Previous to her work at Brandman University, Diane served in corporate leadership and management roles where she successfully led account teams in sales and marketing.

Diane is an award-winning educator acknowledged for her leadership. She is honored to have received the Women Who Make a Difference in Orange County Award 2004, the Corazon Award for Excellence in Public Education 2010, and the Rising Woman in Technology Award 2014.

Diane holds a MBA, and MA in Educational Technology; she is currently a doctoral candidate at the Claremont Graduate University.


Susan Manning

Graduate Faculty, University of Wisconsin at Stout
Susan Manning is an online instructor for the University of Wisconsin at Stout, teaching instructional design, universal design for learning, and the use of games for learning. She has taught online faculty development courses for more than fifteen years. She is well regarded nationally as a leading expert in the design and delivery of online learning, teacher professional development, and digital badge programs. Susan’s significant contributions to online education were recognized by the Sloan Consortium, which awarded her the prestigious 2013 Excellence in Online Teaching Award. In the past year, Susan has worked with Brandman University’s competency based programs, specifically as a guide to how digital badges can represent achievement of competencies.

Susan is a co-author of several publications related to digital badging, including Developing a Higher Education Badging Initiative and The Potential and Value of Using Digital Badges for Adult Learners. Susan also co-authored the Technology Toolbelt for Teaching and Online Education for Dummies. Susan earned her doctorate from Ball State University (Adult Education), Masters of Arts from Bowling Green State University and Bachelor of Arts from Truman State University.

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