Continuing Education Units Now Offered at the International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics
For more than 25 years Pearson has been helping collegiate mathematics professionals stay abreast of changing practices, new technologies, and fresh inspirational techniques within higher education. This year, at the International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics (ICTCM), for the first time, participants will be able to receive continuing education units for the training they receive during the event. To talk about this latest offering, we sat down with Irene Doo, Efficacy Curriculum Development Manager at Pearson, to hear about what she and her team have developed.
Q: What are continuing education units?
Irene: Continuing Education Units, or CEUs, are a standard unit of measurement for continuing education and training. One CEU equals ten contact hours, which can be in-person, online, or a combination.
At the ICTCM, we will offer CEUs based on participation in the ICTCM workshops as well as completion of a post-workshop assessment and project.
Q: Why is it important that IACET designated us as an authorized provider?
Irene: The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) developed the continuing education unit (CEU) in 1970 and is the caretaker of the CEU.
IACET CEUs are recognized by learners, instructors, regulators and employers worldwide and can only be awarded by IACET Authorized Providers. This distinction assures employers, credentialing associations, licensing bodies and others that a learner has completed a quality program that meets the national standard for continuing education and training.
In other words, the IACET standard certifies that our training program delivers solid learning outcomes and that the processes used in its development adhere to best practices in instructional design.
Q: Why was it important for Pearson to go through the IACET review process?
Irene: We wanted to go through a rigorous outside review to make sure we are offering meaningful learning opportunities that have clear outcomes aligned with instructional goals. Being accredited by an outside company proves that the efficacy implementation team delivers timely structured learning experiences to help educators effectively implement Pearson digital products in their courses.
Q: Why is it important to instructors, administrators, and institutions that we offer CEUs?
Irene: Institutions sometimes require that instructors get professional development and they need to ensure the time and resources devoted will provide a return on their investment, especially in the classroom. Instructors teach at multiple institutions; these credits will help them acquire new knowledge, develop needed skills, and help improve their effectiveness within their profession.
Q: Pearson is offering its first courses that instructors can receive CEUs at the ICTCM. Why did you choose this as your first place?
Irene: We have been offering these highly successful workshops for more than five years at ICTCM conferences. All of these workshops already include most of the requirements for accreditation and thus are an excellent fit for our inaugural offering of CEUs. Introducing CEUs is a logical next step in our continuous pledge to offer the highest level of customer service to educators. IACET’s recent award of the prestigious Authorized Provider accreditation status to the Pearson North America Efficacy Implementation team, clearly recognizes our commitment to excellence in educator training.
Q: What courses will you be offering at the ICTCM workshops?
Irene: We will be offering 7 courses :
- Learning Catalytics—Real-Time Feedback
- Managing Course Groups
- Results by Design
- Custom Question Builder—The Basics
- Adaptive Learning—Making It Personal
- Custom Question Builder—Beyond the Basics
- Integrating Assignment and Gradebook Functions = Success
Q: What are you most excited about in offering your first CEU courses?
Irene: I am super excited about the recognition we are getting within the math and statistics educator community and across the Pearson organization. This is a culmination of many years of dedication to the quality of the MyMathLab/MyStatLab training program, which is a huge testimonial to the culture of excellence that we have always maintained.
About Irene Doo
Irene Doo has been teaching college math courses for over 20 years, with experience in teaching both on-ground and online developmental math and college math courses. Irene transitioned to a full-time faculty trainer position with Pearson Education in 2001, and was recently promoted to the position of Efficacy Curriculum Development Manager where she is responsible for guiding the North American Efficacy Implementation team in the fulfillment of the team’s mission of delivering “timely and structured learning experiences that significantly increase efficient implementation of Pearson digital products by educators, thereby enhancing their instructional effectiveness and contributions to the education community.”
In 2014, Irene spearheaded the effort to benchmark the team’s learning programs against the rigorous ANSI/IACET* Standard for Continuing Education and Training. As a result, the Efficacy Implementation team is now an Authorized Provider with IACET and our curriculum can be accredited so that we can offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to our customers.
* American National Standards Institute / International Association for Continuing Education and Training