1:00-2:15 Eastern time, Thursday, February 21
The best way to show the value of educational experiences is to prove they deliver results. By tying the credential to a thoughtfully constructed framework of skills and to knowledge demonstrated on an exam, competency-based certificates are positioned to tell a powerful story of value and impact.
This session will focus on examples of how organizations have implemented certificate programs and used technology to support those programs. The Drug Information Association will share how it developed a competency-based certificate program including creating a competency framework, learning path, and exam designed to measures the competencies.
As an active participant, you’ll learn the practical steps that were taken to develop these program components, along with the technology elements that were implemented to support and enhance the program. Additional examples of how technology can support certificate programs will also be shared during the session.
This workshop will be led by Katie Hill, who has developed a certificate program for the Drug Information Association, and Stephen German, who has provided the technology to support certificate programs for several learning businesses.
As the associate director of DIA Learning at the Drug Information Association, Katie Hill is responsible for the learning strategy that drives the curriculum development and dissemination for DIA’s global learning portfolio, including classroom-based and online courses. She oversees DIA’s learning technology systems and has led the implementation of two learning management systems during her tenure at the organization.
Katie has extensively served DIA in several different roles. As senior manager, Americas Projects, Katie led the organization’s e-learning and learning technology projects. As senior manager, Training, she managed DIA’s portfolio of more than 70 instructor-led training courses offered both face-to-face and online in North America, plus more than 30 online self-paced e-learning modules, in accordance with the strategic business plan. As manager, Volunteer Services, she worked with volunteer advisory council leaders in North America, Europe, and Japan and other volunteer community leadership to coordinate and ensure the consistency of DIA volunteer activities around the world. She has served as program development manager, delivering conference objectives and agendas for DIA educational events.
Prior to DIA, Katie served as legislative aide to Texas Senator Steve Ogden, responsible for managing his local district office, representing the senator at various functions throughout his 16-county district, and directly supporting the senator’s activities as a member of the Senate and Joint Finance Committees. She also served as assistant to the Deputy Commissioner’s Staff Specialist, Office of Policy, US FDA, and as a history teacher at Strath Haven (PA) High School. Katie earned her BA in History and a master’s in Secondary Education from Trinity University in Washington, DC. She has also earned the ATD Master Instructional Designer designation.
As a seven-year veteran of the association learning space, Stephen German has served in every aspect of the learning business from learner, to project manager, marketer, consultant, and currently serves as product lead for Community Brands Education, overseeing research and development for the award-winning Crowd Wisdom and Freestone LMS platforms. Stephen graduated from Wheaton college and lives in Saint Petersburg, FL, with his wife, CariAnn. He spends his free time traveling and collecting MOOC enrollments.