Drupal community used to support trust networks based on traditional ties (patches, modules, DrupalCon presentations)
Drupal growing faster than available Drupal talent Drupal clients not sure what skills are needed for projects Emergence of 9-5 Drupal professionals without attachments to community, their skills are “invisible” through normal means
Noble Prog (UK) Drupal Kata
“ Certification exams go beyond training by providing a tangible measurement of a technician's knowledge of a specific IT support function or product. Certification programs establish standards for IT education and play an important role in developing a qualified workforce. Employers, IT professionals and consumers of IT services all benefit from certification.”
Read cisco certification
All models we look at might fit somewhere on this scale.– we can keep this in mind when looking at the various models
Cisco CCNA, Microsoft’s MSCE, LPIC by Linux Professional Institute, Novell CLA, Adobe’s ACE. Ubuntu Certified Professional (UCP) – This used to be tied to the LPIC 1+ 2 – but the community wanted an Ubunto only certifcations. Certification can be a validation of credibility and reliable indicator of proficiency. Certifications can bolster resumes and facilitate career advancement. Certification can be an unreliable metric of someone’s abilities on the job.
Cisco certification is often given as an example of a certification that is “valued”. Why? Because it’s a requirement for partner discounts. The more Cisco certified staff you have, the better discounts you get.
Let’s take an in-depth look at a similar project.
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They are most of them quite similar. Umbraco – training program, delivered by partners, and a course with certification tied together.
is a performance-based evaluation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux system administration skills and knowledge. Candidates perform a number of routine system administration tasks and are evaluated on whether they have met specific objective criteria.
Goal- to bring together wordpress in a community to share learning resources, and come together as a community.
The certification is based on others in community “vouching” for your work. There is no paper based exam, but you must pay to be a member.
Automattic maintains this directory. To apply you must spell WordPress correctly – and link to your profile, and describe your company. This is not “certification” per se. But makes it easier to FIND people.
All models we look at might fit somewhere on this scale.– we can keep this in mind when looking at the various models. We have a range of options, from classroom based examination, and community affiliation and reputation
A full public launch is expected early next year. Just released alpha this month. Today's learning happens everywhere, not just in the classroom. But it's often difficult to get credit for it. (Mark is exec dir of mozilla foundation) See also Mark Surman’s presentation http://commonspace.wordpress.com/2011/07/12/open-badges-board-slides/
http://badges.p2pu.org/ - There is broad recognition of the need for alternative paths to certification and ways to legitimize the learning that is happening outside of formal channels, including informal and social learning. Both P2PU and Mozilla are committed to providing these open, free and personalized opportunities for learning, as well as making them ‘count’ in more formal contexts. We think badges (and associated assessments) can be a way to help capture, formalize and translate the learning that is occurring through these alternative (and awesome) channels.
It’s built on Mozilla’s identity software.
ORCID Initiative represents a community effort to establish an open, independent registry that is adopted and embraced as the industry’s de facto standard. Our goal is to resolve the systemic name ambiguity, by means of assigning unique identifiers linkable to an individual's research output, to enhance the scientific discovery process and improve the efficiency of funding and collaboration.
They have tested this internally, such as on this design challenge project.
You may be wondering – but really WHO is going to do this…?? Trusted organizations and commercial providers seems obvious… but what about peers?
The Views team created the Views bud squad to help triage maintenance of the issue queue. Discrete tasks Clear outcomes Validated
Open Hatch is doing just that. Providing clear in roads for participation.
See for example some “training missions” – learn some version control, learn to make a patch. They are solving the same problems… training missions here are universal to all software projects, for example writing patches or using Git.
We can add tasks here as well.
Asheesh co-started it.. He also mentored development on this project as part of Google’s summer of code [missions]. In fact open hatch is a part of his larger goals to diversify open source in general. If we can make it easier for *all* kinds of people to connect to open source, we not only gain in diversity, we also gain in numbers.
This could be have an enormous impact on the project. We have to keep the people in mind.
As you look at these various models, you may start to wonder… what if we applied these to our situation? What if we applied all of them?
Now we’lll break into small groups
How Do You Know that Gal Knows Drupal? Towards an Open Source Curriculum and a Community-Based Accreditation Scheme for Drupal
EcosystemHow Do You Know that Gal Knows Drupal? Towards an Open SourceCurriculum and a Community-Based Accreditation Scheme for Drupal Presented by Heather James, Acquia, @learningdrupal Dominik Lukeš, Dyslexia Action, @techczech
Follow alonghttp://ietherpad.com/drupalcert g.d.o Curriculum and Training Group
About Dominik@techczechCertified to Rock: 4D.o since 2006G.d.o groups started: 2 DominikLukes.netDrupalCon sessions: 3 Researchity.netFirst installed: D4.6Drupal sites built: ~50 MetaphorHacker.netModules installed: ~150 StrcPrstSkrzKrk.comWordPress blogs: 6+
About Heather@learningdrupal“heather” on d.oIRC: nearlythereCertified to Rock: 6D.o since 2002G.d.o - groups admin: 2 training.acquia.comCon or Camp sessions: 4First installed: D4.?Drupal sites built: ?Modules installed: 100s?
About you…Trainers?Formal education?Experienced with certification?Potential “consumer” of certification?Introduce yourself on http://ietherpad.com/drupalcert
OutlinePart 1 Why we’re here. Defining termsPart 2 Context – our community and past conversationsPart 3 Models of certificationPart 4 Proposal for an Open Curriculum APIPart 5 Response from you: Where do we go from here?
Drupal up until nowWord of mouthreferenceThe Drupal.org profileas the ultimate CV ofa Drupal developer http://www.flickr.com/photos/ngmmemuda/4928131604
Drupal community todayDrupal demand outstripsavailable talentClients unsure how toassess skillsSkilled Drupal developerswho are invisible (don’tparticipate in community) http://www.flickr.com/photos/runforcover/3791930953
DevelopersNew Drupal developersnot sure how to startlearningExperienceddevelopers unsurewhere they should go http://www.flickr.com/photos/mortendk/1439332466next.
New • How can I get started in Drupal? • What’s next for me?Drupalist • How can we validate this person’s skills?Community • What needs are there in the community? • How can I find the right person? Client • Who am I looking for?
Drupal training up to nowDevelopment companiesoffering public and privatetrainingEither custom made materialsor books as text booksPeople go into training, andno way to see what they have http://www.flickr.com/photos/add1sun/3580280785done.
Drupal training - onlineFree resources • Primary sources such as Learn by the Drop, Drupal Dojo • AggregatorsPaid resources • Drupalize.Me • Buildamodule.com http://www.flickr.com/photos/gregoryh/110313882 • Lynda.com
Drupal certificationDrupal certification panelChicagoDrupal GuildsCertified to Rock:http://certifiedtorock.comLullabot “certificate of attendance”
Drupal certification status Greg Knaddison DrupalCon Chicago 2011
Delivery/assessment method • Consistent, perception of objectivity Paper • Translation, updating • RigorousPerformance • Costly • Comprehensive Portfolio • Perception of subjectivity
Is validated For organizations certifying 1000+ individuals. • Created a “Web based credential clearinghouse” July 27th 2011. http://www.lpi.org/tcr • https://credentialclearinghouse. com • http://www.itcertcouncil.org/
Provides evidence Org. Accreditation of certificationLearner Take examProvider Deliver certification Issuer Verification of certification http://ciscocertificates.com/verify.cfm
Typo3Certified TYPO3 IntegratorThe "TYPO3 integrator" develops the template for a website,configures all the necessary extensions and creates the accessrights for backend users. The "TYPO3 integrator" does not installTYPO3 on the webserver and does not programm extensions.The "TYPO3 integrator" knows how to configure the preinstalledTYPO3 by using the installer.The integrator certification is valid for a major version of TYPO3,e.g. 4 at the moment, and does not expire.
Umbraco These in-person, hands-on classes are theExample 2-day course fee: only way to qualify for Umbraco Certified status and are the entry point for professional£775 +VAT organizations to enter the Umbraco Partnerwith certification program. http://umbraco.com/products/training Open source ASP.NET CMS
RedHatPerformance-based ExamsThe RHCE exam is Performance-based-means that candidates must perform taskssimilar to what they must perform on thejob.https://www.redhat.com/courses/ex300_red_hat_certified_engineer_exam
What if curriculum developmentwas like open source software development?
Open Source CodeIs publicHas maintainersRelies on patch submittersHas development branchesHas numbered releasesHas automatic tests, APIs,coding standards
CurriculumIs (usually) publicHas maintainers (authorities)Difficult to submit updatesHas infrequent updatesIs occasionally revisedHas approved textbooks,materials, and courses
FOSS CURRICULUMIs public Is (usually) publicHas maintainers Has maintainers (authorities)Relies on patch submitters Difficult to submit updatesHas development branches Has infrequent updatesHas numbered releases Is occasionally revisedHas automatic tests, APIs, Has approved textbooks,coding standards materials, and courses
Open CurriculumIs publicHas maintainers (authorities)Easy to submit updatesHas regular updatesHas compatible materials,activities, courses, etc.
Metaphor breakdown If curriculum is like code, how do we ensure compatibility of modules? What are the unit tests for curriculum?*Image by 82306439@N00 via Flickr
Towards anOpen DrupalCurriculum *Image by 13956390@N06 via Flickr
Open Drupal CurriculumPublicly accessible guidelinesorganized around Xcompetency areas each with amaintainer responsible forpatches and versionreleases…
…each competency definescompatibility with differenttypes of learning materials andactivities and acceptableassessment methods…
…training providers are free toshare materials compatible withcompetencies or can use thecurriculum to developcommercial materials…
…certification providers canreview an individual’s portfolioor conduct other assessmentregarding the achievement ofcompetencies …
Certification is best when community-based open distributed diverse representatively democratic
…certification providers bothsell and earn theirtrustworthiness through ancommunity-based system.
More metaphorsWeb of TrustCryptographic signatureBadges
Why should training providers contribute to an open curriculum?
Add value to training participantsOffer a progression of coursesConsult corporations to ensure staff skillsprofileDevelop materials quickly and consistentlyEnsure direction of certificationBenefit from training experiences of others
Discussion 1. Practical discussionhttp://ietherpad.com/drupalcert How would the API work?Small group discussion 2. Critical discussionPlease pick a “scribe” SWOT - Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats
Where do we go from here?Join us for a BoF!Date and time: Next!3:15-3:45 - Room 332 - CROYDON COLLEGEhttp://tinyurl.com/drupalcurriculumBOFOnline discussion on-goinghttp://groups.drupal.org/curriculum-and-training
What did you think?Locate this session on theDrupalCon London website:http://london2011.drupal.org/conference/scheduleClick the “Take the survey” linkTHANK YOU!