June 8, 2016

Global News/The Canadian Press: Personal email, BBMs subject to records requests, watchdog tells public servants H/T: Tara Dragon.

Chris Walker: Three's Company
Laurence Hart: Content Management, Platforms or Solutions?

BMOC: Will ECM vendors catch up to Back Office Content Solutions? 

CIP update: Setting the passing score

As I mentioned in my previous post, we're almost done with what needs to be done to revise the CIP. We had a call this week with several subject matter experts (SMEs) who reviewed the beta results and made some determinations as to some of the items. I'm working this week to incorporate those changes, fix some typos, etc.

But we still need your help! We need 10-12 more SMEs for the final activity, setting the passing score. You do not need to be a member of AIIM *or* a CIP to assist, though we will give preference to CIPs. But you do need to be someone who could be a CIP if you aren't - preferably with no more than 5 years experience in the relevant domains. In other words, if you've been doing this since Methuselah, you're not the ideal candidate this time around.

Here's what we need. We have a training call scheduled for Tuesday, June 14, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Eastern Daylight Time. This call is to train the SMEs on how to do the scoring activities. Once that training call is done, SMEs will be taking the exam and deciding, for each exam question, how likely it is that someone like them, with 3-5 years experience, perhaps a CIP, perhaps not, would get the question right. Some questions will be easy, some will be hard. Once the SME has scored all the questions, we do some final analysis to end up at the final passing score. This in turn will be used to determine which beta CIP candidates passed and are full CIPs.

Important: Whether you are a CIP already or not, this will not impact your status. In other words, don't be concerned about "passing" the exam - if you're already a CIP you will stay a CIP as long as you do the recertification process. If you're selected and not yet a CIP, this will not impact you at all. You will also not be charged to participate in this process. You do not need to study - again, the point is to determine the difficulty of the items, not to try to "pass".

SMEs who are selected to participate in this final activity will also receive a free voucher good for one CIP exam once the final exam goes live. Those who participated on this week's call will receive a voucher as well. These vouchers are transferrable so you can give them to a colleague or use them yourself.

If you are interested, or know someone that you think would be a good candidate, please contact me directly at jwilkins@aiim.org.

June 5, 2016

FCW: Social confusion: Looming records mandates and social media. This has been near and dear to my heart for more than a decade - in fact I wrote the AIIM Social Media Governance course in 2008.

I've spoken recently on the topic, at ARMA Wyoming and ARMA Boston among others, and this article makes a key point with which I agree wholeheartedly: for social media, and for most communications technologies, automation is the only way to do it to ensure appropriate content is captured.

And this article, which was written by Austin Adams, VP of Public Sector, Alfresco, is another great example of how solution providers can provide truly educational content that demonstrates their expertise both generally and specific to particular circumstances.

June 2, 2016

CIP status update - POST-BETA

The CIP beta has come to a close. THANK YOU for everyone who participated - you play a key role in the CIP revision including perhaps the most important step: setting the passing score.

Many people who participated in the beta test have asked me about their scores, when they would receive them, when they would know whether they passed, etc. To them I say - soon. Sometime in June, most likely the week of June 20, but I still don't have an exact date. Let me explain.

Now that the beta is over, the next step is for Kryterion to do some statistical analysis of the questions on the beta to determine how they performed. Without getting into too much detail, we want there to be a correlation between what a CIP candidate answers on a given question and how that CIP candidate does overall. So if someone gets a particular question wrong, but gets 95% of the remaining questions right, that raises an issue. And if someone gets the same question right, but gets 90% of the remaining questions wrong, that also raises an issue. That's what we're looking for this week.

We have a call scheduled for next week with a small group of subject matter experts (SMEs) who will review any and all problematic questions and make recommendations as to whether/how to fix them or even to remove them entirely.

Once that's done, we have a larger group of SMEs who will participate an an exercise called modified Angoff scoring. Again, without getting into too much detail, the SMEs will make a determination as to how hard each question is. Once we have that done for each item, we put together the final exam and those scores will lead us to the final passing score.

At that time we will apply that to all of the beta candidates' scores and notify everyone. Those who passed will be CIPs just as if they'd taken the original exam or the updated final exam. Those who did not pass will be able to take the final CIP again at the regular exam price of $285 for Professional members and $349 for non-members. As with the previous CIP exam, candidates who take the final exam will get their score and pass/fail immediately upon completion of the exam.

So keep watching this space - we will announce the final passing score here as well as the general availability of the revised CIP study guide and training course. And as always feel free to direct any questions to me directly at jwilkins@aiim.org.