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Re: Seeking feedback on IAAP certification roadmap

From: Laura Carlson <lcarlson@d.umn.edu>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 09:28:24 -0500
Message-ID: <CA+M9-v-6s4cAcM41SPc3cZD2QJxd2uQOt+NJ-h1GB5AJfD_AdA@mail.gmail.com>
To: Paul Bohman <paul.bohman@deque.com>
Cc: w3c-wai-ig <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Hi Paul,

That's great. Transparency in who writes the tests, their credentials
and affiliations as well as test methodology will help strengthen any
certification program.

Thanks.

Best Regards,
Laura

On 4/10/14, Paul Bohman <paul.bohman@deque.com> wrote:
> Who will be writing IAAP tests?
>
> To be determined, but yes, of course they will be subject matter experts.
> And we will involve people with experience in not only writing tests, but
> in evaluating the tests for validity and reliability, according to accepted
> academic, industry, and statistical best practices.
>
>
> Paul Bohman, PhD
> Director of Training
> Deque Systems, Inc
> www.deque.com
> 703-225-0380, ext.121
>
>
> On Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 8:10 AM, Laura Carlson <lcarlson@d.umn.edu> wrote:
>
>> Hi Paul,
>>
>> Thanks. I understand that the IAAP is not the same category of entity
>> as universities.
>>
>> And I know that IAAP Accessibility certification will be better than
>> say BrainBench:
>> http://www.brainbench.com/xml/bb/aboutus/consumer/whybb.xml
>> http://www.brainbench.com/xml/bb/aboutus/consumer/aboutus.xml
>>
>> Their "current" Web Design for Accessibility test is at:
>>
>> http://www.brainbench.com/xml/bb/common/testcenter/consumer/taketest.xml?testId=488
>>
>> That brings the questions: Who will be writing the IAAP tests? I
>> assume that they will be subject matter experts (hopefully without a
>> company agenda to push), but will they be skilled in writing
>> assessments?
>>
>> Best Regards,
>> Laura
>>
>> On 4/9/14, Paul Bohman <paul.bohman@deque.com> wrote:
>> > Laura,
>> >
>> > Partnerships with universities will definitely be a good thing, but I
>> > do
>> > need to emphasize that the IAAP is not the same category of entity as
>> > universities, so it's not even appropriate to talk about accrediting
>> > the
>> > IAAP in the same way that you would accredit a university. Professional
>> > associations -- such as the IAAP, or the American Medical Association,
>> > or
>> > the American Bar Association, or the International Association of
>> Culinary
>> > Professionals, etc -- serve working professionals in their respective
>> > fields. Professional associations don't grant degrees, and are not
>> academic
>> > institutions. Universities and professional organizations are both
>> > important for what they do, but what they do is different.
>> >
>> > So, while it is true that the IAAP can benefit from partnerships with
>> > universities, it is not true that the benefit comes by virtue of the
>> > university's accreditation. The benefits come in other forms, such as
>> > the
>> > ability to work together to infuse accessibility into the college
>> > curriculum, or the ability to benefit from the expertise of university
>> > professors, and so on.
>> >
>> > And yes, we are planning to create a CEU program in accordance with
>> > IACET
>> > guidelines, as explained previously.
>> >
>> >
>> > Paul Bohman, PhD
>> > Director of Training
>> > Deque Systems, Inc
>> > www.deque.com
>> > 703-225-0380, ext.121
>> >
>> >
>> > On Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 5:05 PM, Laura Carlson <lcarlson@d.umn.edu>
>> wrote:
>> >
>> >> Hi Paul,
>> >>
>> >> Food for thought...
>> >>
>> >> As Richard already pointed out if IAAP partnered with higher education
>> >> institutions  it would make IAAP certification much stronger.
>> >> Partnerships with universities that have good accessibility
>> >> departments would command a high level of respect as they do have
>> >> accreditation, something that IAAP will lack.
>> >>
>> >> If that is not possible, I would suggest looking into IACET
>> >> accreditation.
>> >>
>> >>
>> http://www.iacet.org/accreditation/benefits-of-authorized-provider-accreditation
>> >>
>> >> Best Regards,
>> >> Laura
>> >>
>> >> On 4/9/14, Paul Bohman <paul.bohman@deque.com> wrote:
>> >> > Good questions.
>> >> >
>> >> > *Accreditation vs "authorized provider" of CEUs: *
>> >> >
>> >> > Accreditation is a term usually reserved for educational bodies like
>> >> > colleges and universities. The IAAP would not fall under the
>> >> > jurisdiction
>> >> > of higher education accrediting bodies, and in fact would not be
>> >> > eligible
>> >> > for accreditation from most accrediting bodies, because the IAAP is
>> >> > an
>> >> > industry association, not a college or university.
>> >> >
>> >> > But the classes can still meet standards for continuing education
>> >> > units,
>> >> as
>> >> > defined by the International Association for Continuing Education
>> >> > and
>> >> > Training (IACET) (http://www.iacet.org/). In fact, the certification
>> >> > document references the IACET in the section near the bottom that
>> >> addresses
>> >> > CEUs. The IAAP won't be "accredited" by the IACET, but it could be
>> >> > designated as an "authorized provider" of CEUs, according to IACET.
>> >> >
>> >> > *Certificate vs. Certification:*
>> >> >
>> >> > In terms of the program in Australia, they offer a certificate,
>> meaning
>> >> an
>> >> > educational credential granted by a university after completing a
>> >> > curriculum. This is different from industry certification, which is
>> >> > what
>> >> > the IAAP will offer. IAAP certification is essentially an assessment
>> >> > that
>> >> > people will take to evaluate their skills. If a person receives an
>> >> > acceptable score on the IAAP assessment, that person will be
>> >> > IAAP-certified. Unlike a university program, there are no required
>> >> courses
>> >> > for IAAP certification, and in fact no set curriculum. If you learn
>> >> > about
>> >> > accessibility at home or on the job, or in a university, or through
>> the
>> >> > IAAP, you can take the assessment and be certified, as long as you
>> pass
>> >> the
>> >> > test. The University of South Australia can continue to offer its
>> >> > program
>> >> > with no interference and essentially no impact from IAAP. In fact,
>> >> students
>> >> > can use the program in the University of South Australia to prepare
>> for
>> >> > IAAP certification. If successful, students will have a certificate
>> >> > of
>> >> > completion of the university course AND certification from IAAP.
>> >> >
>> >> > A university certificate and an industry certification represent two
>> >> > different kinds of credentials.
>> >> >
>> >> >
>> >> > Paul Bohman, PhD
>> >> > Director of Training
>> >> > Deque Systems, Inc
>> >> > www.deque.com
>> >> > 703-225-0380, ext.121
>> >> >
>> >> >
>> >> > On Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 2:29 PM, Laura Carlson <lcarlson@d.umn.edu>
>> >> wrote:
>> >> >
>> >> >> Hi Paul,
>> >> >>
>> >> >> Just a couple of questions.
>> >> >>
>> >> >> Will the IAAP's educational program seek recognized accreditation
>> from
>> >> >> an authority for example CHEA [1]? Something like that would
>> >> >> strengthen any certification.
>> >> >>
>> >> >> How does IAAP certification fit in with certification programs
>> already
>> >> >> in place such as the one at the University of South Australia [2]?
>> >> >>
>> >> >> Thanks.
>> >> >>
>> >> >> Best Regards,
>> >> >> Laura
>> >> >> [1] http://www.chea.org/
>> >> >> [2]
>> >> >>
>> >>
>> http://www.unisa.edu.au/Education-Arts-and-Social-Sciences/Communication-International-Studies-and-Languages/pcwa/
>>
>> --
>> Laura L. Carlson
>> Information Technology Systems and Services
>> University of Minnesota Duluth
>> Duluth, MN U.S.A. 55812-3009
>> http://www.d.umn.edu/itss/training/online/webdesign/
>>
>


-- 
Laura L. Carlson
Information Technology Systems and Services
University of Minnesota Duluth
Duluth, MN U.S.A. 55812-3009
http://www.d.umn.edu/itss/training/online/webdesign/
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