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eLearning Course Certification Justin Sentz 11/25/03 eTraining Strategies and Tools Objectives Who certifies eLearning? Why Certify? What is Certification? Certification Standards Certification Process Why should I care??? You Can Make a Difference!

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elearning course certification

eLearning CourseCertification

Justin Sentz

11/25/03

eTraining Strategies and Tools

objectives
Objectives
  • Who certifies eLearning?
  • Why Certify?
  • What is Certification?
  • Certification Standards
  • Certification Process
  • Why should I care???
you can make a difference
You Can Make a Difference!
  • NATS – National Association of Turkey Savers
  • For each person who participates during the presentation, one turkey will be spared from Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday.
who certifies elearning
Who Certifies eLearning?
  • ASTD (American Society for Training and Development)
  • Certification Institute and its E-Learning Courseware Certification (ECC)
  • http://www.astd.org/ecertification/
why certify
Why Certify?
  • Improve the Quality of Your eLearning Course
  • Help Trainers Differentiate when Buying an eLearning Course
  • Help eLearning Companies Develop Courses According to Standards
  • Can you think of another reason ASTD would want you to certify?
what is certification
What is Certification?
  • Way of Ensuring Quality eLearning Courseware
  • Primarily for Asynchronous, Off-the-Shelf, Web-based or CD-ROM Courses
  • Why would it be just for asynchronous courses? Any ideas?
  • 4 Main Standards: Interface, Compatibility, Production Quality, Instructional Design
what is certification cont
What is Certification? (cont)
  • With ASTD – Use of “Certification Institute Certified Course” Logo
  • Market Buzz in Industry Publications, ASTD Website, etc.
  • Course is put into ASTD Searchable Database
  • What does this all mean? $$$
certification standards
Certification Standards
  • 4 Major Categories:
    • Interface
    • Compatibility
    • Production Quality
    • Instructional Design
interface standards
Interface Standards
  • What is an example of an interface standard?
interface
Interface
  • Orientation
  • Required Navigation
  • Optional Navigation
  • Tracking
  • Operational Support
compatibility standards
Compatibility Standards
  • What is an example of a compatibility standard?
compatibility
Compatibility
  • Installation & Launching the 1st Time
  • Setup
  • Launching
  • Uninstalling
production quality
Production Quality
  • Formatting & Consistency
  • Legible Text & Graphics
instructional design standards
Instructional Design Standards
  • What is an example of an instructional design standard?
instructional design
Instructional Design
  • Clear Purpose for Course
  • Instructional (Learning) Objectives
  • Objectives Consistent with Content
  • Presentation & Demonstration of Content
instructional design cont
Instructional Design (cont)
  • Facilitation of Learning
  • Engaging the Learner
  • Practice & Feedback
  • Assessment of Learning
a few details
A Few Details
  • Standards are very detailed
  • Substitutable vs. Non-substitutable Standards
  • Standard is broken into parts and each part is given a value
  • Cut-off score for each standard
    • Example: 4 out of 6 points is “passing”
certification process
Certification Process
  • If you are certified:
    • Receive the ASTD eLearning Courseware Certification logo & Instructions
    • Certified course is placed in ASTD Certification Institute searchable database
  • If you are not certified:
    • Reconsideration
    • Corrective action (you fix what’s wrong)
    • Appeals Process
    • Guess what?!?!?!?
why should i care
Why should I care???
  • Instructional Designers – Industry Standards, Market Share
  • Technology Specialists – Standards within the District, Catalog
  • Corporate Trainers – Purchasing Decisions, Internal Standards
  • Teachers – Department Standards, Reusability of Content