Subject: Education plan
TO: ebXML Marketing/Awareness/Education team One of the deliverables we discussed in Brussels is a plan for ebXML education, and you will find a first draft of the plan attached. You will see that the plan is heavy on objectives but light on delivery, which is intentional. I would recommend that we concentrate first on what we want to accomplish rather than the methods, since we will probably make better decisions on the 'how' once we agree on the 'what'. I will be on leave 19-28 July, but will catch up with your comments at the end of the month. We can of course discuss it further in San Jose. Best regards. Alan Kotok Director, Education and Information Resources Data Interchange Standards Association firstname.lastname@example.org +1 703-518-4174Title: Education plan for ebXML
Draft 1. 17 July 2000
B. Detailed understanding
C. Business applications
D. Technical implementation
IV. Testing and certification
For the ebXML initiative to succeed, potential users and implements of the specifications will need to become aware of ebXML's features and skilled in applying ebXML to their companies and industries. The purpose of this plan is to define the skills and knowledge needed to help make ebXML a reality and to propose vehicles for building these abilities.
The plan describes four levels of knowledge of ebXML: basic awareness, detailed understanding, business application, and technical implementation. Each level serves as a prerequisite for the next level. It gives the skills and abilities, in tangible and demonstrable terms, that an education program needs to build, and identifies the audiences for that knowledge. The audiences listed are the same ones identified in the proposed marketing plan. The plan also discusses education and training vehicles to meet the objectives and proposes collaborating with certification programs to test for competency in these skills.
At the most basic level, business and technical people need to learn more about ebXML, what it is and what it is not. For this fundamental awareness of ebXML, audiences should be able to …
Provide a detailed description of the ebXML mission and purpose, features of the ebXML architecture and aspects of the architecture, and compare the ebXML with other leading business frameworks using XML. With this level of knowledge, audiences should be able to …
At this level, participants will take the ebXML model and apply it to day-to-day operations in their companies or industries, and thus should be able to:
At this level, audiences can take the detailed implementation plan described in level C and design systems that meet ebXML requirements, including:
The plan proposes learning experiences for meeting the objectives in each level. Please note that the plan does NOT address the issue of which parties should develop or deliver the content. The ebXML initiative will need to discuss the extent to which it wants to develop educational materials, license to content to others, or not get involved in the process at all.
A. Basic awareness. Participants should be able to develop the knowledge in these objectives from conference presentations and modules as part of other seminars on XML or e-business. A stand-alone downloadable white paper, perhaps combined with presentation slides, could work as well.
C. Business applications. To meet these objectives, participants will require one or more intensive hands-on classes with an expert instructor, probably over multiple days. As part of these classes, participants will need to develop comprehensive and realistic case studies for a company or industry.
D. Technical implementation. For these objectives, systems analysts
and designers will need an intensive class, or experiential (on-the-job)
learning sessions as part of their work.
To ensure that participants in ebXML education develop the competencies outlined above, participants should demonstrate the knowledge and skills according to a predetermined set of criteria. In all likelihood, ebXML will not have the resources itself to design and develop testing and certification programs. Therefore, ebXML should consider requesting that other certification activities include this content in the body of knowledge covered by their tests.
Individual companies, such as IBM, have certification programs related to their products, but also to e-business in general. See http://www.ibm.com/education/certify/certs/eb_index.phtml . The EC Institute is an emerging non-vendor certification program for e-business professionals. See http://www.ecinstitute.org .
Full disclosure: DISA is a founder of the EC Institute and Alan Kotok
serves as its acting executive director.
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