Dr. Deborah Everhart is Associate Vice President at Blackboard, where she analyzes trends and designs holistic solutions for learning and teaching. She teaches as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Georgetown University, most recently teaching competency-based medieval studies course in Liberal Studies. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Irvine. She has co-led research on competency-based education, producing a series of roundtables with thought leaders and the publications Clarifying Competency Based Education Terms: A Lexicon and The Currency of Higher Education: Credits and Competencies. Her forthcoming publications include book chapters on Open Badge ecosystems, Badge Endorsement, and competency-based education. She is a contributing member of the IMS Global working groups defining standards for competency-based education, extended transcripts, and alternative credentials. She chaired the Badge Alliance working group that defined a conceptual framework and technical standards for badge endorsements. Dr. Everhart has written and presented extensively on medieval literature, emerging technologies, learning analytics, portfolios, learning engagement, badges, competency-based learning, and the future of learning and teaching.