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ANSI Education Efforts Have International Reach

INCITS Launches E-learning Standardization Efforts

New York, Nov 06, 2002

A key objective of the United States National Standards Strategy is to provide an outreach program to show those outside the U.S. the value of U.S. technology, standards and processes. The Education and Training group of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is active in outreach efforts to create an awareness of standards education and training opportunities available from ANSI to international standards developing organizations and individuals. As a result of these efforts, ANSI recently conducted a presentation at the Standards Institution of Israel.

The SII was one of many international bodies to respond with enthusiasm about ANSI education programs. "Overall, we received a tremendously positive international response to our Education and Training brochure, including inquiries from Australia and France, as well as Israel," said Pamela Suett, ANSI director of education and training. "There was particular interest in ANSI's process of accreditation of groups to support the development of national and international standards, as well as the corporate competitive advantages of strategic standardization management as addressed by our curriculum."

The SII, mandated by the Government of the State of Israel, is the country's national standards body, preparing and publishing Israeli standards as well as representing Israel in the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). In addition to developing standards, the SII provides certification for organizations to ISO 9000 and 14000 standards, including schools and municipalities.

In consideration of restructuring their standards development process, the SII expressed an interest in understanding the ANSI model of standards developing organizations (SDO) and Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs), and was presented a course and explaining the processes and operating procedures of ANSI-accredited U.S. TAGs and committees of the ISO. "To date, the government is the primary customer of the SII," said instructor Jim Highlands. "They are interested in creating a prototype based on the ANSI system of industry inclusion."

ANSI's Education and Training courses and seminars are developed in cooperation with recognized standards experts who thoroughly understand the issues and the requirements of effective standardization leadership, and can impart a greater understanding of the role that standards play in the global economy, health, safety, and the environment. For many years, ANSI has relied upon instructor-led courses such as was offered to SII.

As part of an initiative of ANSI's Ad Hoc Education Committee, ANSI has also developed an online learning portal that provides e-learning programs 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. (See related story on ANSI e-learning programs.)

INCITS Launches E-learning Standardization Efforts

The InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) has formed Technical Committee V36 to support national and international standards efforts for learning, education and training. INCITS/V36 serves as the U.S. TAG (Technical Advisory Group) to ISO/IEC JTC1 SC36, which develops International Standards in information technology in the areas of Learning, Education, and Training (LET).

According to a recent INCITS press release, Technical Committee V36 aims to "develop standards in the field of information technologies for education programs of all kinds." Projects will fall into four specific areas: vocabulary, collaborative technology, learner information, and management and delivery. "In a practical way, we want to support individuals, group or organizations in the [LET] field," said Bruce Peoples, director of strategic technologies at Raytheon Technical Service Co. and convener of V36.

V36 standards will support e-learning programs like ANSI's online learning portal by enabling interoperability and reusability of resources and tools, and harmonizing vocabulary; standardized terminology, for example, will facilitate mutual understanding and communication in different countries and solve the problematic use of different names for the same or similar concepts in IT LET. V36 will also include normative or informative references to other standards, such as those on multimedia, web content, cultural adaptation, and security.

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