Deborah Everhart


Dr. Deborah Everhart is a strategist and innovator focused on empowering organizations that are envisioning, creating, and implementing holistic learning and education solutions. She is VP of Design and Innovation at Learning Objects, where she provides strategic leadership for competency-based learning solutions.

Advancing the work of national organizations, she has served as a Strategic Advisor for the American Council on Education's Alternative Credit Project. She is currently a contributing member of the IMS Global working groups defining standards for competency-based education, extended transcripts, and digital credentials. She chaired the Badge Alliance working group that defined a conceptual framework and technical standards for badge endorsements.

As a thought leader, she has led the collaboration of research groups comprised of nationally-recognized experts, authoring works on critical topics such as "Quality Dimensions for Connected Credentials," "Communicating the Value of Competencies," and "Clarifying Competency Based Education Terms: A Lexicon." Recent publications include white papers and book chapters on strategic innovations in higher education, including extended transcripts, open badge ecosystems, and badge endorsement. She has written and presented extensively on medieval literature, emerging technologies, portfolios, learning engagement, badges and other digital credentials, competency-based learning, and the future of learning and teaching.

As a teaching practitioner, she is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Georgetown University, most recently teaching a competency-based medieval studies course in Liberal Studies.

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EDUCAUSE Involvement

  • ELI Challenges Project
    • ELI, 2008 - 2009