This is a live blog of the session “How Do You Know that Gal Knows Drupal? Towards an Open Source Curriculum and a Community-Based Accreditation Scheme for Drupal” by Heather James and Dominik Lukes at DrupalCon London.
This session is a presentation on the current and future state of training, certification and accreditation for Drupal.
Heather, one of the presenters was the volunteer coordinator for the pre-conference training. The majority of people in the room consider themselves Drupal trainers… (should be an interesting conversation).
The start of this presentation provided a foundation of knowledge and definitions for terms.
Certification is not an exam… it is a statement by a trusted body about the level of competence of the certified person. it can be based on exam results, observed performance etc.
Drupal until now – has been “word of mouth” reference. Demand is now outstripping the available talent.
There was a certification panel at DrupalCon Chicago and there have been efforts to Drupal certification – this is a continuation of that conversation.
Learning from other Certification Programs:
The presentation covered a variety of the different certification programs for software… including Typo3, Cisco and others.
Mozilla’s Program was covered next. In that program “Badge Issuers” create “Badges” (a quantifiable evaluation of your abilities) that learners can “earn” and have a “badge pack” that can be displayed.
This system has been tested in a variety of settings. Community organizations and paid providers set the questions etc. and its reviewed by peers.
Some questions raised and debated in the session:
The value for the providers:
This would be good for people getting into Drupal.
The discussion was lively … lots of trainers in the room …
For OSTraining, most of the people who come to our training are not necessarily interested in high level certification. Many of our clients are beginners who just need to know how to run their site.
As an OSTraining reader/client – do you need certification beyond a certificate of attendance ? let us know in the comments.
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