Re:Just can't help myself

Subject: Re:Just can't help myself
From: "Sherry Michaels" <sherry -dot- michaels -at- docntrain -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2005 07:23:31 -0700

<<1 Interpret ...

2 Gather ...

3 'Design' ...

4 Create ....>>

That's the problem. How do you measure "interpret." How would you certify
that if you can't measure it? Who sets the standards for "interpret?" What
metrics are available for "interpret, or what to gather, or how to design,
or for heaven's sake, "create?"

The adverbs you used are not particularly easy to set standards for. If
standards were set, would you agree with those standards? Would all tech
communicators? Half? Frankly, we can't get agreement on whether there
*should* be certification, let alone setting standards for certification.

Assume a "board" of some sort were set to determine what the standards
should be: there are already 4 or 5 style guides. Which would be included
the basis of the standards?

There are other considerations, but the "we ought to" needs to get a lot
more serious before any real work can get started. One of the "we ought to"
is that some majority of us has to be ready to agree that the standards that
come out of an effort like this are workable for all.

Just to let you know, AICC and SCORM are standards set up for e-learning. So
far, SCORM is more than 600 pages long, and there are still many ambiguities
in it. You can get certified as an Instructional Designer, but as a hiring
authority, I'm not as interested in ID certification as I am in what the
samples look like, and I share that view with many hiring authorities. IMHO
certification hasn't bought much for ID's.

Sherry Michaels
Michaels & Associates
11639 E. Wethersfield Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85259
480-614-8440 Local
877-614-8440 Toll free
480-614-2775 FAX


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