[Bf-education] Organizing / suporting education
laurent at tdm.info
Sat Dec 17 01:41:14 CET 2011
I think the section about the certification resonates a conversation
that we had about 8 months ago.
I am really delighted to see that it is back on the table.
I am working for a company called TDM in UK (www.tdm.info).
Our current position is the following:
. We are an Open Source software house, mainly focussing on LMSs
(Moodle, Mahara, Totara). So mainly educational/distance learning tools.
. We are also an IT professional academy, delivering
Apprenticeships centred around Professional IT qualifications.
. We are the LPI Master Affiliate for UK and Ireland
Thanks to this particular position, we have actually gained an
interesting background in Professional Certifications around Open Source
In a nutshell, and after discussion, we would think that we should be
creating an entity that will:
. Create and proctor certified exams
. Promote the use of Blender and 3D Open Source technologies
. Push for its adoption in education by tying it to national
certification frameworks (eg QCF, Ofqual) in UK and other countries.
. Helping to setup more "local"/"regional" certification bodies -
in Europe and rest of the world
This is an existing model that works quite well for some Open Source
projects/technologies and allows to channel funding into promoting the
certification and also have a more consistent approach.
My main worries concerning an all-volunteer based approach ( but I might
be wrong, and there should be a mid-way) are that:
* The provision might be inconsistent and this is key to the
success/failure of a certification
* Exams have to be carefully thought/built/updated. Who will do it
on a regular basis ?
* Exams, unless practical exams, as cannot be Open Sourced as they
will loose their "meaningfulness".
o There should be several levels:
+ Level 1: Multiple choice questions
+ Level 2+: mix between practical and Multiple choice
* Certification needs marketing. Who will do that ?
* The certification should be comparable to other types of
certifications in the same domain. If we want the backing from
Educational institutions, we will need to go through the hoops. It
takes time and it is better when it is coming from one single
entity than several individuals.
I do not want to come across as diminishing the importance of voluntary
work here. I acknowledge that impressive and extremely high standard
work has been done by hard working, committed and dedicated people on a
volunteer basis. But... planning, funding and resourcing is a major part
of tackling the problem of consistency and availability.
My previous attempt, suffered from the issues I just mentioned as
although this was still pretty much in my mind, I did not find the time
necessary to produce anything meaningful.
I will be happy to dedicate a bit of time in developing that on behalf
What do you think ?
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