[BSDcert] Introduction, outcomes and flavours
louis at bertrandtech.ca
Fri Mar 18 08:26:20 EST 2005
I teach in a program called "Computer Systems Technology"
at Durham College (Oshawa, ON). I'm interested in the topic
because it's a possible new "product" for the school, and
certs are a hot button topic around here already.
I'm still catching up with the archive, but I thought I'd
throw in a comment or two:
Outcomes: this is a teacher-speak buzzword for "able to
show a measurable skill". Outcomes-based learning puts
the emphasis on evaluating a skill or a competency, as
opposed to "covering the subject matter" and objectives.
Any BSD cert should be based on a "show me", practical
test (not just a bunch of multiple choice questions).
This puts a stress on the testing process, but ensures
a more meaningful (valuable) certificate. Multiple choice
questions are easy to score on-line, but don't get at
the higher cognitive levels (analysis, synthesis,
How to handle the multiple flavours:
Use a modular approach: general BSD cert (userland and
common chapter 8 commands), followed by *BSD specific
endorsements. I think a junior/senior classification
is useful too. This is like a pilot's license: private
vs. commercial, then endorsements: single vs. multi-
engine, and "checked out" on a specific aircraft type.
--Louis <louis at bertrandtech dot ca>
More information about the BSDCert