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ANSI E-Learning Programs Bring Standards Education to the Desktop


New York, Sep 09, 2002

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has announced an alternative to instructor-led seminars with its newly developed e-learning programs. The ANSI Portal to Online Learning will offer courses for the general public and members of business, government or industry that are new to the world of standards and seek an opportunity to gain an understanding of standards expressed in layman's terms.

"Why Standards Matter" is now available as a free introductory e-learning program and will be the first in a series of online courses. "Why Standards Matter" teaches users to identify what a standard is; recognize how different organizations are involved in standards development; recognize the importance of standards in everyday life; explain how standards protect health, safety and the environment; identify the difference between voluntary standards and regulations; and recognize the role of standards in U.S. business and the global marketplace. The next course will focus on national and international standards development, the value of participation, the key players in the national and international arena, an overview of the national and international development process, and how to get involved.

ANSI's department of Education and Training Services develops and presents programs designed to teach companies and organizations how to be smarter, quicker, more efficient, and more effective as they participate in national, regional and international voluntary standardization activities. ANSI's e-learning programs will help make standards education available to a wider audience. Eliminating the time and cost of traveling to a classroom, users can now learn the basics of standards on a personal computer at their own pace.

"Our e-learning programs are a valuable service for the public and the standards community, and are just one element of the many education opportunities we provide," says Pam Suett, ANSI director of education. ANSI e-learning courses are being developed to complement the instructor-led education and training courses that ANSI offers throughout the year in various locations. "There are also a number of collaboration opportunities to tailor one of our e-learning programs to an organization's specific needs," continues Suett.

Working closely with an instructional designer using a Learning Management System (LMS), ANSI e-learning programs offer a high degree of interactivity and accessibility for users. Although ANSI e-learning is not designed to take the place of instructor-led courses, it provides a basic orientation and enhances learning in other ANSI forums. Courses will have built-in assessment tools such as quizzes and exams to accelerate learning, and the introductory course also offers an FAQ and glossary of terms that can be used as a reference at any time.

The programs are an initiative of ANSI's Ad Hoc Education Committee chaired by Dr. William E. Kelly, director of the Center for Global Standards Analysis at Catholic University. The goals of ANSI's e-learning programs are to enhance professional development, provide access to current information on standards, allow users to learn at their own pace and arm users with an understanding of the fundamental value of standards for national and international participation.

For additional information, visit www.StandardsLearn.org or contact Pamela Suett at 212-642-4976 or psuett@ansi.org.

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