[Bf-education] Blender Certification

laurent laurent at tdm.info
Sat Apr 2 01:18:43 CEST 2011


Thanks for your encouraging answer, Ton.

I agree with Douglas that we may not necessary need the training 
material. The headings/table of contents are likely to be sufficient as 
they can give us a clue about what is the priority and core learning.
 From that we can then build a list of topics and Objectives.
As an example, LPIC certification is quite well structured: 

Well... now we can probably start something...

On a practical note, I am not sure what is the best way to exchange 
ideas and communicate about that. The mailing list is not appropriate 
for exchanging files.
Does the BF wants to host that or we need to find somewhere else ? We 
have space on our servers if necessary.

I am not a Blender instructor and will miss probably a lot of key skills 
in Blender, however I have experience in Teaching and professional 
certification. Douglas, are you interested in starting something ?  
Anyone else interested ?

On 30/03/11 11:41, Ton Roosendaal wrote:
> Hi all,
> Currently the Blender Foundation doesn't really exist as an
> organization, it's actually just a legal vehicle to ensure we have our
> IP safe (code, domains, brand, docs, content) and to manage donations.
> The main target of BF is to keep blender.org alive, to facilitate all
> projects there (from docs to code). The BF doesn't officially meddle
> with code, designs, or content really... for that the groups of
> volunteers work in freedom, they organize themselves via the channels
> facilitated by BF.
> That's what I prefer to keep; BF should be as minimalistic as
> possible, and stick to facilitation. When needed BF can set a couple
> of steps as a catalyst, and withdraw when it goes well.
> In my discussion with Laurent I've understood that we can treat the
> Certification issue differently:
> -->  Providing a standardized set of training material and tests
> This will keep the pure act of certification itself indepedently, but
> it will help trainers, teachers, schools, institutes, governments etc.
> to introduce Blender in their programs.
> I think that's an interesting approach to investigate, matching the
> "facilitation" strategy of BF as well.
> -Ton-
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Ton Roosendaal  Blender Foundation   ton at blender.org    www.blender.org
> Blender Institute   Entrepotdok 57A  1018AD Amsterdam   The Netherlands
> On 23 Mar, 2011, at 19:20, laurent wrote:
>> I agree with you Douglas.
>> Whatever we do, there is something I was thinking from the start: I am
>> UK based and the central organisation for all qualification is QCF/
>> Ofqual.
>> I have some contacts that have been through the process of getting a
>> certification through the official body for England and Wales.
>> What it means when it is done, is that awarding bodies can integrate
>> the
>> certification in their qualification (GCSE, A level...).
>> It means that the certification is opened to Secondary Education
>> through
>> University.
>> It then makes it easier for School/Colleges/Universities to justify
>> the
>> choice of support for their courses (and choice of software).
>> LPIC, CompTIA, Cisco have done it and it is great to be able to
>> deliver
>> a qualification + certification to students as it equips them better.
>> But that can be the long term view...
>> What about the short term, is it possible to create a board or
>> something
>> "official" related to Blender Foundation ?
>> I exchanged emails with Ton Roosendaal last week-end, and although he
>> was on the same positions as Jason concerning the implications of the
>> Blender Foundation, my impression is that he was not against the
>> principle of a "board" of volunteer going toward a project like this.
>> What would be your thoughts on that, Jason ?
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