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On Demand

Competency-based Learning Network

What You Will Learn:

  • Whether you’re just getting started or already a CBL pro, there will be much to learn from the Brightspace users involved in CBL
  • This vibrant network has proven to be a great source of connections to others in the CBL field.
  • Learn how to better support faculty with a focus on pedagogy and grading in CBL courses

Join us for a special day of learning and sharing with the D2L Competency-based Learning (CBL) Network. CBL is an approach to education and training that focuses on the student’s demonstration of required learning outcomes as important components in the learning process. 

Whether you’re already involved in developing CBL opportunities or just interested in getting started, this event will help connect you with the right people.  

Our agenda is designed to provide learning opportunities led by CBL educators and administrators who will share their expertise and effective practices garnered from their direct experiences with developing CBL opportunities for K-12 students, higher education students, and corporate trainees. 

Our main goals are to provide you with stimulating information, valuable contacts, and a fun way to learn new things with a network of your peers.


Network Welcome and Announcements

12:00pm – 12:05pm ET

Practice Makes Perfect: Practical Ideas for Supporting CBE Faculty

12:05pm – 12:45pm ET

Presenter: Christopher Prokes, Sinclair Community College

This session will share practical ideas that includes support for all competency-based education (CBE) faculty from a recent study. Those who work with CBE and are in charge of creating learning experiences using the LMS for CBE faculty will hear these ideas in context and consider ways they can implement them at their institution.


12:45pm – 1:00pm ET

Good Chemistry: Marrying Technology and Pedagogy in an Online Competency-Based Course

1:00pm – 1:30pm ET

Presenter: Natalie Green and Victoria Kennedy, University of Guelph

In this presentation, we offer a case study on applying a competency-based education (CBE) model to a fully online, asynchronous course within the Brightspace platform. We will provide insights and key learnings from our CBE-based redesign of Introductory Chemistry and will discuss the Brightspace tools we used to create the learning environment.

Prize Giveaway Contests

1:30pm – 1:45pm ET


1:45pm – 2:00pm ET

Equitable and Practical: Tracking Contract Grading with Brightspace

2:00pm – 2:40pm ET

Presenter: Karleanne Matthews, Community College Denver

Contract grading is increasingly being recognized for its focus on learning outcomes and more equitable assessment. However, the traditional LMS setup often makes it difficult to meaningfully track learner adherence to a grading contract. This session will suggest strategies for maximizing Brightspace features in a class using a grading contract.


2:40pm – 3:00pm ET

Direct Assessment Ideas in Brightspace

3:00pm – 3:40pm ET

Presenter: Erica Green, Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education; Alison Winzeler, North Carolina State University; and Mike Moore, D2L

Join Mike Moore as he facilitates a panel discussion with Brightspace clients talking about some of the innovative ways that they have addressed the challenge of creating direct assessment opportunities in a virtual teaching scenario.  This session will focus on the strategies for creating and applying these direct assessment solutions in other CBE programs.  There will be Q&A time provided to allow you to interact with those clients and ask more specific questions about their approach.

Wrap-up and sign-off

3:40pm – 3:45pm ET


Practice Makes Perfect - Practical Ideas for Supporting CBE Faculty

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Good Chemistry - Marrying Technology and Pedagogy in an Online Competency-Based Course

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Equitable and Practical - Tracking Contract Grading with Brightspace

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Direct Assessment Ideas in Brightspace

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D2L Affinity Networks

Our Affinity Networks provide you with ongoing opportunities to virtually connect with peers on your topics of choice. Each Network is facilitated, and you can participate as much as you like.

Learn more about D2L Affinity Networks