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Shepherd to chair IEEE working group to develop recommended practices for defining competencies

15 Sep 2020 9:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Miami Beach, Florida: September 15, 2020: Talent Transformation founder Eric Shepherd is to lead a new working group set up to develop recommended practices for defining competencies.

IEEE Standards Association (IEEE SA) is a leading consensus building organization that nurtures, develops and advances global technologies. As well as being one of the founders of Talent Transformation, Eric is also an accomplished leader of international businesses and associations focused on talent, assessments, and success and has previously served on other standards committees.

Sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society and Learning Technology Standards Committee (C/LTSC), the new working group, P1484.20.2, is tasked with designing recommended practices for defining competencies. It will support the new standard for encoding competency definitions to enable interoperability.

Eric Shepherd is looking forward to chairing the new group. Explains Eric: “The 4th Industrial revolution requires us to develop skills for the 21st century. In the past competencies have been focused on physical and cognitive tasks but increasingly new skillsets and mindsets are required to perform new tasks. To align education systems with employment needs there needs to be an efficient method to communicate the competencies required. Having a data model is the first and an important step. The next step is to promote an understanding of the data model to working practices for the stakeholders involved. That is where IEEE P1484.20.2 fits in. This working group will provide a useful competency communications tool with a common vocabulary, and recommended practices, to help stakeholders develop and communicate competency definitions effectively and efficiently.”

Competency-based education, training, and workforce development is today seen as essential to embrace and develop the new skills required for the future of work. A common vocabulary, and recommended practices will more easily enable people to develop and explain their competency definitions. Common, shareable competency definitions enable systems, courseware, assessments, and learning tools to interoperability reference the same competencies so that, for example, learner records can be meaningfully transported from one system to another and from one organization to another. The quality of the information in these competency definitions has an impact on competency-based education, training, and workforce development.

Stakeholders include policymakers, educators, awarding bodies, employers, and labor unions. Contributors and consumers of this standard will include curricular designers, designers of learning content, credentials designers, learners, developers of academic and workforce competency frameworks, assessments developers, catalogers of learning content, educators, human resources professionals, and job boards, who need well-defined competency definition.

The IEEE 1484.20.2 working group will support the activities and practices of the IEEE 1484.20.1 working group which is defining the technical standard for competency definitions data.

About P1484.20.2 – Defining Competencies Working Group

About the IEEE

The IEEE is organization brings together a broad range of individuals and organizations to facilitate standards development and standards related collaboration. Established and appointed by the IEEE SA Board of Governors, the IEEE SA Standards Board encourages and coordinates the development and revision of IEEE standards. This includes approving the initiation of IEEE standards projects and to reviewing them for consensus, due process, openness, and balance.

About the Talent Transformation Guild

The Talent Transformation Guild provides resources for professionals that are preparing for upskilling being triggered by 4th industrial revolution and accelerated by Covid-19. Members include c-level executives, human resource professionals, consultants, and coaches. As a member-driven organization it promotes best practices via webcasts, webinars, podcasts, articles, white papers, research and conversations to improve and make the best of the talents of individuals for the benefit of themselves and the organisations they work for.

The Guild enable stimulating and meaningful discussions to help professionals prepare for talent transformations at individual, team and organizational levels. The Guild supports the Talent Transformation Pyramid, an open source model, designed specifically to recognize the widest possible range of talent influencers and skills. To date many decision-makers are caught in traditional, linear thinking and immediate concerns to consider this. The Talent Transformation Pyramid enables you to address the challenge by promoting more strategic thinking with a focus on an organization’s readiness to perform. https://www.talenttransformation.com/

About the Future of Work

According to the World Economic Forum, new and emerging technologies are affecting our lives in ways that indicate we are at the beginning of a Fourth Industrial Revolution. This new era will build and extend the impact of digitization in new and unimaginable ways. The Fourth Industrial Revolution can be described as the advent of “cyber-physical systems” involving new capabilities for people and machines. This will see new ways for technology to become embedded within societies and even our bodies.

With process automation, robotic automation, the internet of things the nature of work will change. Some analysts predict that more than 40% of tasks currently performed by humans will be delegated to machines. This does not mean that 40% of people will be put out of work but it does mean that most workers will have to upskill. HR experts are predicting this will dramatically change the landscape of our workforce.

About the Guild's Founders

Eric Shepherd an accomplished leader of international businesses and associations focused on talent, assessments, and success. Eric recently stepped away from a CEO role where he worked to build a SaaS company into a multi-million-dollar international assessment software business. Eric has also led industry and standards initiatives to promote best practices for assessments, learning, and interoperability. He currently serves as Chair of the IEEE P1484.20.2 working group developing Recommended Practice for Defining Competencies. Eric has previously served on Boards and working groups for:

  • HR Open Standards that defines interoperability standards for HR technology.
  • Association of Test Publishers and the European Association of Test Publishers that represents providers of tests and assessment tools.
  • The IEEE P1484.20.1 Standard for Learning Technology—Data Model for Reusable Competency Definitions working group.
  • IMS which defines interoperability standards for educational technology. 

Eric was instrumental in developing the IMS QTI interoperability standard and assisted with the US Department of Defense Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) initiative to define the Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) and the Aviation Industry Computer-Based Training Committee (AICC) to define launch and track standards for Learning Management Systems.

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