Sara Zaker

Sara Zaker

Director of Digital Learning Solutions


Competency Based Education




Dr. Sara B. Zaker is an educational psychologist and the Director of Digital Learning Solutions at Brandman University. She has over ten years of experience in learner-centered course and training design and development, learning effectiveness research, assessment development, and interactive social simulation development. In her current position at Brandman University, Dr. Zaker works on the development of MyPath, our innovative competency-based education (CBE) programs. In this role, Dr. Zaker has led the overall user experience design and authored/co-authored a number of papers including, A Theoretical and Applied Model for Competency-Based Education at Brandman University and the Brandman University Digital Credentials/Badging Whitepaper. 

Dr. Zaker holds her Doctorate in Educational Psychology from the USC Rossier School of Education and was the recipient of the 2012 USC Remarkable Woman Award.


  • Competency Based Education
  • Learning Theory
  • Instructional Design
  • MyPath


Ed.D., Educational Psychology, University of Southern California
M.Ed., Educational Psychology, University of Southern California


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