CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS – Special Issue on DACUM, November 2017

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the DACUM model.

DACUM, the acronym for Developing A CUrriculuM, is a methodology originally designed and implemented in Canada as a holistic system for organizing, delivering instruction and managing the learning process. Its competency analysis component (DACUM analysis) is recognized on all continents as best practice to identify and describe competency-based occupational standards.

To celebrate this important milestone, the Canadian Vocational Association (CVA) November Newsletter will entirely be dedicated to DACUM.

The main focus will be on the past (a retrospective), present (the current state of affairs), and future (prospective analyses) of DACUM and Competency-Based Education and Training (CBET). The CVA also wishes this Special Bulletin to include critical analyses of DACUM and CBET, and comparative analyses with other approaches and methodologies.

In addition to offering a collection of articles, papers and studies, the CVA is calling for contributions from DACUM practitioners in any part of the world who want to share their thoughts and insights on this methodology.

If you are interested in making a contribution, the requirements are listed below:
-Include a title
-Indicate your name, employer, position, and your professional online visibility (web page, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.)
-Provide a short summary
-Organize with appropriate subheadings
-Number all pages
-Make your copy easy to read by using short words and short sentences
-Conform to standards of correct English
-When making a reference, use the footnote option for the title, author, link, etc.
-This article should be limited to approximately 2000 words
-The article must be online and the link provided

Please submit your article to the CVA reading team at no later than 15 October 2017.

N.B. CVA holds the right to decide if a submitted article will or not be published in this Special Bulletin.

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Lana Bos

Program Instructor at Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada

I work at Extended Learning in the Faculty of Agriculture at Dalhousie University. As part of the team here, I work on program development nationally and internationally. Internationally, I help develop competency based programming that meets the need of the labour market. I facilitate workshops in Competency Based Education and Training, including Occupational Skills Analysis (OSA), Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR), curriculum and program development along with development of training materials and how to create interactive student classrooms with an emphasis on hand-on practical skills and application in agriculture.

I have been fortunate, through this position, to complete three Skills Analysis in Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis and most recently in Ethiopia. Facilitating a skills analysis is challenging but more than rewarding when you get to see the final product of a DACUM chart for the occupation. This chart flows nicely into the development occupational standards, curriculum and teaching materials.

I first took the DACUM facilitator’s course with the CVA in February 2014 and really enjoyed learning about the DACUM process. I entered the Certification Program in April 2015 and completed my third OSA in June 2016. Pierre Morin and the CVA have been very supportive and helpful throughout the process. They have provided feedback and advice on my DACUM charts and I have grown as a facilitator.

To become a CVA certified DACUM Analysis Facilitator, Lana had to satisfy the following requirements:

  • successful completion of the CVA DACUM Analysis Facilitator Training Module, or an equivalent training;
  • facilitation of a minimum of three occupational analyses using the DACUM methodology, each to be submitted for a formal review by the CVA’s DACUM Analysis Evaluation Committee
  • formal reviews confirming that a minimum of three analyses complied with the DACUM quality standards as set by the CVA.

Lana is now registered in the CVA CERTIFIED DACUM ANALYSIS FACILITATOR international directory.

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