Thursday, October 08, 2015
11:00 a.m. PT, 2:00 p.m. ET


Competency-based Education (CBE) can allow students to complete credentials in less time, at lower cost, and with a focus on real learning that leads to greater employability. Interest in CBE has grown substantially among schools serving adult learners, and we're hearing more and more success stories.

But the CBE learning model represents a radical departure from traditional instructional approaches. How can schools ensure a highly collaborative design process to create a sustainable and scalable system that will support learners and learning achievement?

The first challenge is to address the inevitable concerns, issues, and skepticism of faculty and staff alike. To successfully implement CBE, schools must create an environment in which innovation and teamwork can thrive.

This webinar will present a detailed playbook to help institutions identify the best strategy for launching a successful CBE program. In addition, we will provide an in-depth look at effective change management practices used by two different institutions in launching their CBE programs.

Questions Addressed:
  • What are the key components necessary to build a CBE program and avoid common pitfalls?
  • How do I ensure that our program developments and innovations are scalable and sustainable?
  • How can I engage stakeholders to overcome resistance and create support and enthusiasm for the program?

This webinar is sponsored by Pearson and hosted by The Chronicle of Higher Education. All content presented during the event is provided by Pearson, Lipscomb University, and the University of Texas System.


Marni Baker Stein, Chief Innovation Officer, University of Texas System's Institute for Transformational Learning (ITL)
Marni Baker Stein

Marni Baker Stein, Chief Innovation Officer at the University of Texas System's Institute for Transformational Learning (ITL), is an authority on next generation program and curricular development, delivery, and assessment; student lifecycle management; and student-centered, outcomes-focused instructional design.

Before joining the ITL, she was Senior Associate Dean of Columbia University’s School of Continuing Education, where she oversaw the school’s academic portfolio, and was responsible for the development, design, and evaluation of all online and hybrid programs. Dr. Stein has a Ph.D. in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum from the University of Pennsylvania.

Nina Jones Morel, Ed.D., associate professor of education and Dean of the College of Professional Studies, Lipscomb University
Nina Jones Morel

Nina Jones Morel, Ed.D. is an associate professor of education and Dean of the College of Professional Studies at Lipscomb University, where she is leading an innovative and rigorous competency based program that behaviorally assesses and cognitively develops student core competencies to help them succeed in academics, the workplace, and life. She is leading an initiative to implement unique competency based core development courses and an instructional coaching faculty model.

Paul Bowers, Consultant - Higher Education Consulting Services, Pearson
Paul Bowers
Paul Bowers has worked at the forefront of educational technology and distance learning for 32 years and has been involved in the emergence of new teaching and learning environments since the early 1980’s. Paul has served in a variety of roles at public and private higher education institutions, including 22 years as a faculty member as well as Director for Teaching and Learning, Dean and Vice President for online and adult learning at several institutions, including Buena Vista University, Cleveland State University, and Hiram College.



Mark Walston 

Mark Walston is a veteran communications professional with a 20-year history researching and reporting on higher education, with a focus on information technology. Former president and CEO of Concept Foundry, he has created award-winning integrated communications campaigns for universities and colleges across America -- and for industry leading IT corporations that serve higher education.

Mark has moderated numerous webinars for The Chronicle of Higher Education, collaborating with a broad range of clients including Blackboard, University of Phoenix, SunGard, Walden University, and SmartThinking, among others.

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