New BICSI president vows to implement e-learning initiatives during his 2-year term
March 1, 2010
Brian Hansen was officially sworn in as the new president of BICSI at the organization’s recent Winter Con-ference in Orlando and in his acceptance speech vowed to overhaul and improve the organization’s content delivery methods.
With the organization about to change the Information Transport System moniker to simply Information Technology, the emphasis moving forward will be on education and training.
“As soon as you mention information technology to someone they know who you are and they know what you do,” says Hansen, who will attend the upcoming BICSI Canada Conference in Montreal in May.
In an interview with CNS late last year, Hansen said it is critical that the board tap into the NxtGEN generation, which he described as the young millenials.
During his acceptance speech, he said BICSI must use “cutting-edge technology that we have had at our fingertips. It is time to tap dance to that resource. Remember, it’s not just about content — it’s about how content gets delivered.”
The plan is to introduce online instructor-led training, video Web casts and self-pace courses so that a course could be taken in an office or a home.
Electronic testing is another possibility. “We feel it is time to implement this technology. We would probably start off with a small subset of exams within a specialty or credential and eventually provide all of our exams in electronic format.
“This offers greater flexibility and reduces expenses for the employer or employee. It also allows someone to retake an exam locally without the added expense of flying, paying for car rental or hotels.”
The skill set needed for a structured cabling installer was on display at the third annual Cabling Skills Challenge, which came to an end the day after Hansen was officially sworn in.
Events included copper cable terminations, fiber termination, cable assembly and a written competency exam. Jessie Spear-man, an ITS technician with Vision Tech-nology Inc. of Glen Burnie, Md., was named BICSI Installer of the Year for the third straight time. Spearman took home a trophy and US$5,000 in cash.
Other numbers of note included total attendees (4,666) and exhibitors (154).