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CBE Student Guide

CBE Basics

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Submit the learning plan to start your course.

  • The learning plan is an ungraded assignment that you must complete in order to begin your CBE course.
  • Submission of the learning plan logs attendance and unlocks your course content.

Attend your courses regularly.

There are no due dates for individual course project deliverables, but you must follow the Rasmussen University 14-day attendance policy in addition to completing and submitting all of your work by the end of the quarter. Activities that constitute attendance in CBE courses include: 

  • Submission of the learning plan
  • Submission of the diagnostic assessment in each module
  • Submission of the live or archived classroom session quiz
  • Submission of course project deliverables


Refer to the grading rubric for each deliverable before you submit it for grading.

  • You must earn a 2 or higher on each deliverable to pass the course.
  • You have the option of submitting each course project deliverable three times.  


Attend your live classrooms to make the most of the CBE learning experience.

  • Attend your ONL+ live classroom sessions for valuable time with your instructor and classmates.
  • Refer back to the recorded lectures as you study and draft your deliverables. 


Use grading feedback to deepen your understanding and improve your grade.

  • Learning is iterative. Resist the fear of failing a deliverable and instead let your grading feedback guide your learning.
  • Multiple submissions and rich feedback set the CBE learning experience apart; take full advantage!

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The multiple submission option in CBE courses is unique, and it provides a rich opportunity for learning. Here's how to make the most of your attempts:

  • Participate in your live classroom sessions to get clarification on assignment expectations directly from your faculty.
  • Evaluate your work against the corresponding rubric criteria to see how well you have demonstrated mastery in each area.
  • Don't let allow a fear of failure to stop you from attempting and submitting an assignment. Multiple attempts are an advantage. 
  • Read your grading feedback carefully and use it to hone your skills even if you do not resubmit your deliverable.
  • Budget enough time for grading to allow you an opportunity to make edits and resubmit your assignment.
  • Not sure what do to with your feedback? Connect with your instructor for clarification of their expectations, and consider working with a tutor or the Writing Lab for individualized assistance. 

Expect an adjustment phase as you acclimate to the flexibility of your CBE courses and the added responsibility the modality places on you as a learner. Use our resources to set your pace, hold yourself accountable, avoid procrastination, and refine your approach as needed.



Authentic assessments in CBE give you an edge as you prepare for work in your field, but the real-world scenarios can feel challenging when you don't have much related professional experience. This is normal! Identify essential information, conduct your own research to fill in any gaps in your understanding, and embrace your own creativity.