Welcome ITCC’s Brand New Vice-Chair, Kristin Wall Gibson!

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Kristin Wall Gibson manages the IBM Cloud & Smart Infrastructure Certification Program and has been developing IBM certification exams since 2005. She has helped C&SI transition their exam development processes to exclusively utilize virtual SMEs using various collaborative technologies and tools.

Welcome ITCC’s Brand New Membership Director, Steve Addicott!

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Effective January 2015, the IT Certification Council will have a brand new Membership Director, as Duane Draper has stepped into the Chair role. Steve Addicott is one of the founders of Caveon Test Security, and currently serves as Senior Vice President. He is an experienced technology professional and self-proclaimed test security evangelist. With 25 years of industry experience, Steve’s career has focused on growing companies in the technology and measurement arenas. In addition to driving Caveon’s growth, Steve is deeply involved in the delivery of Caveon’s proprietary security services to myriad testing companies. Through hundreds of client engagements, Steve has gained a close perspective of the security challenges faced by testing organizations, and recognizes the most effective means of confronting those challenges.

Addicott has been instrumental in shaping test security policy around the use of data forensics in certification and licensure and in K-12 education. In this arena, his expertise has influenced test security policy at the state, district and local levels. He spearheads Caveon’s ongoing work with many large, international certification and licensure programs and several state departments of education, formalizing the use of Caveon services into their test result quality assurance processes.

An avid cyclist and skier, Steve resides in Park City, Utah with his wife and two children.

Remote Subject Matter Experts Presentation at ITCC Member Meeting

Remote Subject Matter Experts (SMEs)
ITCC Member Meeting
Thursday, June 19, 11:00 a.m. Central

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Kristin Wall Gibson from IBM and Consultant Susan Farago will be presenting on remote subject matter experts at next week’s ITCC Member Meeting. Read on to find out about the presentation, and make sure to join us for the webinar on Thursday, June 19.
You must be a member of the IT Certification Council to attend the webinar. Not a member? Email info@itcertcouncil.org for more information.

Dial-in information:
Dial +1 (267) 507-0004
Access Code: 672-189-181

Quality exams rely on quality subject matter expertise. This session will present the biggest challenges in working virtually with SMEs located across the globe, including: how to find SMEs with the right level of expertise, incentivizing SMEs to commit their time and skills to a project, when to use synchronous (i.e., live) versus asynchronous approaches to getting exam development work done, and how to keep SMEs engaged in remote workshops lasting several hours or taking place across several days. This session will also share the results of a 2013 IBM Tivoli Certification Program survey with over 900 individual SMEs that includes feedback such as: why do some SMEs participate in exam development while others do not, what barriers must be overcome for them to participate, and what exam process improvements do they recommend to make the most effective use of their time.

About the Presenters

  • Kristin Wall Gibson manages the IBM Cloud & Smart Infrastructure Certification Program and has been developing IBM certification exams since 2005. She has helped C&SI transition their exam development processes to exclusively utilize virtual SMEs using various collaborative technologies and tools.
  • Susan V. Farago, M.Ed., Consultant, Farago Enterprises, LLC, has been in the certification field since 1999 and has managed all aspects of credentialing in the high-tech industry. Her experiences range from facilitating exam development workshops and performing high-level psychometric analysis to managing worldwide certification programs for instructors and technical professionals. Susan has worked with companies including: IBM, United HealthCare, Mometrix Media, the Council for Responsible Sport, and CompTIA. Her background includes extensive work in courseware development, instructional design, and teaching; and she is a nationally published writer and presenter.

Grant Hansen to Discuss Gamification at ITCC Member Meeting

Gamification Presentation, Grant Hansen
ITCC Member Meeting
Thursday, February 20, 2014
11:00 a.m. Central
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“Gamification” is a term that is tossed around a lot these days as a way to drive engagement in learning content and user communities, but what about using this technique to enhance assessment and certification?

Grant Hansen will be demonstrating a new and innovative learning platform called mLevel, which is used to create simple and engaging games, videos and tasks. Using various gamification techniques, mLevel enables you to drive deeper learner engagement by:

  • Engaging learners where they are anytime on any device (phones, tablets, etc.)
  • Motivating learner participation by incorporating fast and fun games
  • Providing a “no-coding” environment that enables rapid development and deployment
  • Use of sophisticated gaming and learning analytics about your learner population

The mLevel platform can be used to enhance technology roll-outs, core terminology learning, policy and process review, new product launches, product and marketing updates, on-boarding, business acumen, reviewing and assessing core competencies, highlighting best practices, new hire orientation, supporting traditional ILT programs and enhancement of technical certification through engaging practice tests and assessments.

Grant will be demonstrating the end user experience as well as what it takes to build and deploy Missions in a matter of minutes.

Join the webinar here on Thursday, February 20 at 11:00 a.m. Central.