February 6, 2016

Revised CIP 2016 Exam Outline Available for Review

We've been hard at work internally and with the CIP community updating the CIP outline for 2016, taking into account John Mancini's post at http://info.aiim.org/digital-landfill/cip-redux.

I'm pleased to say that the revised outline is now available for review at http://www.aiim.org/~/media/Files/Training/Certification/CIP_2016_Exam_Outline_DRAFT.pdf. Please send any comments, criticisms, suggestions, etc. directly to jwilkins@aiim.org.

Please note that we'd like to receive all comments no later than Friday, February 12, 2016, so that we can finalize the outline and begin the next step: writing exam questions.

Again, if you have any questions please contact me directly at jwilkins@aiim.org.

February 5, 2016

Activity: Walking desk, 2.2 mph pace, 8.0% incline, 2:40, 5.75 miles.

CIP 1.0 Ends February 12, 2016

As regular readers of this blog know, we're actively engaged in revising the Certified Information Professional (CIP) certification. As part of that process we will be changing exam providers from Prometric to another company - those details to follow in the next couple of weeks.

But that also means that we have to end the Prometric-based testing. The last date to take the existing CIP exam through Prometric is February 12, 2016. After this date the CIP will not be available until the new exam goes live, currently planned for the AIIM16 conference at the end of April. If you are interested in the current CIP you must take the exam by February 12, 2016.

Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions at jwilkins@aiim.org.

February 1, 2016

KMWorld 2016 Call for Speakers

KMWorld has announced a call for speakers for KMWorld 2016, scheduled for November 14-17 in Washington, DC. Proposals are due by March 28; more details including a link to the submission form can be found here.

January 31, 2016

Activity: Walking desk, 2.4 mph pace, 8.0% incline, 1:02, 2.5 miles.

January 29, 2016

Activity: Walking desk, 2.5 mph pace, 8.0% incline, 1:16, 3.12 miles.

January 28, 2016

Activity: Walking desk, 2.5 mph pace, 7.0% incline, 1:40, 4.17 miles.

Grace Period for Lapsed CIPs

If you received the CIP but didn't complete your CEUs and pay the recertification fee within 3 years, you're lapsed and technically no longer allowed to call yourself a CIP. However, because of all the confusion around the cancellation of the CIP program and its reinstatement, we've decided to offer lapsed CIPs the chance to remain CIPs. This is a one-time grace period.

The way it works is as follows. You need to document 45 continuing education hours on topics relating to the CIP. These hours can come from AIIM events, other related groups' events like ARMA or PMI, or even vendor events as long as the content is educational and related. So vendor cocktail receptions don't count; neither did that ARMA chapter meeting on "Dressing for Success". But that webinar on privacy did, and so did the AIIM conference, and so did the demo of that new SharePoint-based solution.

You can document your hours using this form: http://www.aiim.org/~/media/Files/Training/Info-Cert/CIP-Maintenance-Form.ashx. Email the form to training@aiim.org. You can also mail it to:

Attn: CIP Recertification
1100 Wayne Avenue, Suite 1100
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Make sure you include your payment information. The recertification form and payment must be received by April 26, 2016.

If you are lapsed, and do not complete these requirements by April 26, 2016, you will be decertified and no longer allowed to use the CIP designation or logo. In addition, in order to recertify after that date, you will have to take the updated CIP exam in accordance with the new procedures and pricing in effect at that time.

Questions? Email me or ping me on Twitter at @jessewilkins.

January 27, 2016

Activity: Walking desk, 2.4 mph pace, 7.0% incline, 1:20, 3.18 miles.
Systemware: ECM Strategy Step #1: Knowing What You Already Have. There is a link at the bottom of the page that requires registration (ugh) but the content of the post itself stands alone too.

January 26, 2016

Activity: Walking desk, 2.3 mph pace, 7.0% incline, 1:34, 3.61 miles.

January 22, 2016

Activity: Walking desk, 2.2 mph pace, 7.0% incline, 1:01, 2.27 miles.
Joe Shepley: SharePoint Records Management Revisited 


January 7, 2016

Elucidat: How to Write Great Multiple-Choice Questions for Your E-Learning. Good points throughout; I especially appreciate the author's note that a single good exam question can take 30 minutes or more to write. This has been my experience as well; a good question should be one that doesn't reward guessing. That is, while there is one right answer (or more for multiple-answer questions), all the wrong answers are plausible as well such that the student really needs to know the topic or content in order to get it right.

January 6, 2016

InfoGovCon16 Opens Call for Speakers

InfoGovCon has opened a call for speakers for the Information Governance Conference 2016, scheduled for Oct 10-11, 2016 in Providence, Rhode Island. Submissions are due by 2/19. More details available on the conference website.

Degreed: Leveraging the New Learning Ecosystem: Webinar Recap

ARMA Europe Opens Call for Speakers

ARMA Europe has announced its call for speakers for the ARMA Europe 2016 conference, scheduled for June 21-22, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium. Deadline to submit is January 18, 2016. More details available on the conference website.

January 4, 2016

TD Magazine: Interact and Engage. Use these strategies to elicit engagement during live online training events.

Chris Walker: #5Thoughts - CIP Nouveau

The CIP in 2016 Part 2: Supporting the CIP

In my last post, I reviewed what will be happening with the CIP in 2016 as we revise it. In this post I want to focus on how CIPs can help to ensure the success of the CIP over time.

At last count more than 1,000 people had earned the CIP in just over 4 years time. This is a significant growth rate for a new certification. But those CIPs who took the exam in 2011, or 2012, are already 3 years out of date on current trends in the industry. Like most certifications, we built in a continuing education requirement to ensure that CIPs do remain current on industry and technology developments.

Recertification. The first thing you can do as a CIP to help ensure its growth and success is to stay a CIP - by submitting your CEUs (form can be found here) and the required fee. I recognize that this has been challenging given the uncertain nature of the CIP in recent weeks, but now that we know CIP will continue to move forward, it's important to help build that momentum. The right number of CIPs, after all, is not how many took the exam and passed, but how many are currently sporting the letters and the lapel pin.

Wait - you don't have a lapel pin? Send an email to certification@aiim.org with a mailing address and we'll get one out to you. Wear it to your AIIM chapter events, your ARMA events - wear it to work!

CIP Continuing Education Credits. And we'd like to both raise the visibility of CIP and make it easier to recertify. One way you can help is to get your events preapproved for CIP credits. We award 1.0 credit for each contact hour of educational content, so for the typical AIIM/ARMA chapter meeting, we'd award 1.0-2.0 credits, while an ARMA Spring Seminar might be as much as 6-7 credits per day of the seminar.

Note that these events do not have to be AIIM events, and can even be vendor events provided that the content is a) educational and b) is related to the topical areas of the CIP. But we can't possibly know about all of your events, so send an email to me or to certification@aiim.org and I'll follow up directly.

Job descriptions. One of the more significant metrics for a certification is its inclusion in job postings. If you help to develop such postings, either for information management professionals or those who are significantly impacted by IM issues, please consider adding the CIP to the list of required/preferred qualifications. This helps your organization to understand the value of *your* CIP as well.

Visibility. Of course if all CIPs sported the lapel pin, changed their names on Twitter and LinkedIn to include ", CIP", and put the CIP logo on their business cards, blogs, and websites, that would be awesome, too. :) I know many of you won't or can't, but for those of you who have, thank you!

Have other ideas as to how you are supporting CIP? Let me know with a comment and I'll resocialize them as well.

December 29, 2015

The CIP in 2016 Part 1: Revising the CIP

I've been thinking about the CIP a lot lately. Full disclosure: I run the CIP program for AIIM and helped develop the original version in 2011. AIIM canceled it, and then reinstated it, and while I know much of the back story, I will not share any of that here or yet. Rather, I'd like to focus on a bit on what I and AIIM are doing with regards to updating the CIP and how the community can help.

A certification requires a lot more than simply writing a bunch of questions and setting up a web page. In order to launch an update to the CIP, here's what needs to happen, in fairly short order. 

1. Update the outline and coverage. The original CIP was very...lumpy. Records management and BPM were provided the same weight on the exam as webconferencing and instant messaging. We're also going to align the CIP much more closely to the broad, if somewhat informal, body of knowledge we've already developed at AIIM in the form of our Master Classes and certificate courses.  Once the draft outline is done, we will share it with the broader CIP community for feedback. 

2. Develop new exam questions. We will look to reuse good questions from the existing CIP exam bank where appropriate, but we will also need to revise some of them and will need new questions as well. We're investigating different mechanisms for doing this, but there will be an opportunity for CIPs to participate in item writing and review. 

3. Score the exam. A critical part of the development of a certification is to ensure it is psychometrically valid. This basically means that the exam questions themselves are correct, accurate, not misleading, and comport to industry standards and best practices. This process also leads to the development of the passing score, rather than setting an arbitrary score. There is an art to this; many certifications use the modified Angoff method to set the scoring standards

In order to do this we will need people to actually take the exam so we can see how good the items are. Again, more on this to come. 

Every certification goes through a substantially similar process; there is even an ISO standard dedicated to the development of personnel accreditations. This ensures that the certification is developed in a way that is defensible and reliable. 

In my next post I'll discuss some of the other ways CIPs can help push the CIP forward in 2016. 

CMSWire: 2015 Contributors of the Year: Laurence Hart

December 10, 2015

ARMA opens call for presentations for ARMA 2016

ARMA has opened the call for presentations for the ARMA 2016 conference, scheduled for September 25-27, 2016 in San Antonio, TX. They have posted an overview article on their website at http://www.arma.org/r1/professional-development/education/call-for-proposals which has links to the relevant forms for submitting. Deadline is Feb 8, 2016.

October 9, 2015

AIIM16 call for speakers open

The call for speakers is now open for the AIIM16 conference, scheduled for April 26-28 in New Orleans, LA. The deadline to apply is October 30. Details can be found here; here's the direct link to the AIIM16 speaker submission form.

October 8, 2015

Chris Walker: #ECM isn't Dead

IRMS 2016 call for presentations

The IRMS has opened registration for its 2016 conference, scheduled for 15-17 May, 2016 at the Brighton Hilton Metropole. The conference organizer is also looking for speakers, so if you quality to speak on the topics listed on the program, please contact Reynold Leming.

September 24, 2015

Harmon.ie: The hidden power of Document Sets in SharePoint

NARA briefing on managing electronic messages 9/29

The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) will offer an online briefing on managing electronic messages on Tuesday, September 29 at 1:30 p.m. EDT. To join the briefing:

You do not need to register for this session. Join the session up to 20 minutes before the start time. Space is limited, we encourage you to join the session up to 20 minutes before the scheduled start time.
 Use this information to join:

Join Link:  https://nara.ilinc.com/    Click on the session to join.

location: https://nara.ilinc.com/public

Phone: 1-877-951-9982


September 22, 2015

Vendor registrations and email accounts

I do a lot of research as part of my training development and delivery. I want to stay abreast of what's going on in my industry, my students' and customers' industries, the ECM/RM/IM industry as a whole, etc.

Many times that means looking to the solution provider community. And many of those require registration, which I think is silly. However, sometimes the resource looks interesting enough that I will go through the rego process anyway.

Which brings me to my rant. An increasing number of these registration pages will not let me register with my main email account because it's a Gmail account. The reason of course is that many of us want the goodies without paying for them - that is, I want to read that white paper without having the vendor a) know who I work for via the email domain and b) contact me. However, I've been on the same Gmail account for over a decade. It is in a very real sense my permanent, primary, best email account because who knows if I'll be at the same employer this time next month? But I know that my Gmail account will work.

So vendors. I understand that you think that content marketing, a paywall, a Hubspot landing page, etc. are ways to qualify me. You're flat-out wrong, but I understand that you think that.  But having me register, and then telling me that my email address is unacceptable, is a great way to ensure that neither of us bothers the other again.