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P1484.20 Original PAR - complete

by dray last modified 2007-04-08 09:04

Complete 1999 PAR as submitted and approved (retrieved from old LTSC web site, where some formatting was added)

IEEE-SA Standards Board Project Authorization Request (PAR) Form (1999-Rev 1)

1. Sponsor Date
of Request
[1999 Dec 15] 

2. Assigned Project

3. PAR Approval

{Copyright release must be submitted with appropriate signatures by postal mail or FAX (1-732-562-1571)}

[...] PAR Signature Page received {IEEE Staff to check box}

4. Project Title, Recorder and Working Group/Sponsor for this Project

Document type and title: {Place an X in only one option below}

  • [X] Standard for{document stressing the verb "shall"}
  • [] Recommended Practice for{document stressing the verb "should"}
  • [] Guide for {document in which good practices are suggested}

Title:  [Information Technology -- Learning Technology -- Competency Definitions]

Name of Working Group: [Competency Definitions]
Name of Official Reporter (usually the W.G. Chair) who must be IEEE/Affiliate AND Standards Association (SA) members. [Claude Ostyn]
Title in WG: [Chair] IEEE/Affiliate Member # [40299052]
Company: [, inc.] Telephone: [425 637 1562]
Address: [13219 NE 75th St.] FAX: [425 869 5330]
City/State/Zip: [Redmond/WA/98052] Email: []

Name of Working Group Chair (if different): [...]
    IEEE/Affiliate Member #  [...]
Company: [...] Telephone: [...] 
Address: [...] FAX: [...]
City/State/Zip: [...] Email: [...]

Name of Sponsoring Society and Committee: [Computer Society, Learning Techology Standards Committee (LTSC)]
Name of Committee Sponsor Chair:  [James Schoening]
    IEEE/Affiliate Member # [40180270]
Company: [U.S. Army Communications Electronics CMD] Telephone: [732-532-0118]
Address: [ATTN: AMSEL-RD-C2-SS-A (Schoening)] FAX: [732-427-2659]
City/State/Zip: [Ft.Monmouth/NJ/07703] Email: []

5. Describe This Project; Answer each of four questions below:

  1. Update an existing PAR [No]
  2. If YES, indicate PAR Number/Approval Date [P####-YEAR]
    If YES, attach a cover letter indicating changes/rationale for changes.
    If YES, is this project in ballot now? [yes/no]

  3. Choose one from the following:
  4. [X] New Standard
    [ ] Revision of existing Standard {number and year} [...]
    [ ] Amendment (Supplement) to an existing standard {number and year} [...]
    [ ]
    Corrigenda to an existing standard {number and year} [...]

  5. Choose one from the following:
  6. [X] Full Use (5-year life cycle)
    [ ] Trial Use (2-year life cycle)

  7. Choose one from the following:
  8. [X] Individual Sponsor Balloting
    [ ] Entity Sponsor Balloting

  9. Fill in Target Completion Date to IEEE RevCom : [1/2003]

6. Scope of Proposed Project:

[This standard shall specify the mandatory and optional data elements that constitute a Competency Definition as used in a Learning Management System, or referenced in a Competency Profile. The proposed approach is to use a general definition that can be semantically "tightened" or "loosened" in the data itself, while conserving the same data model regardless of how strictly a particular organization or institution requires the data to be formulated. This standard is intended to satisfy the following objectives: · Provide a standardized data model for reusable Competency Definition records that can be exchanged or reused in one or more compatible systems · Reconcile various existing and emerging data models into a widely acceptable model · Provide a standardized way to identify the type and precision of a Competency Definition · Provide a unique identifier as the means to unambiguously reference a reusable Competency Definition regardless of the setting in which this Competency Definition is stored, found, retrieved, or used. For example, metadata that describe learning content may contain a reference to one or more Competency Definition records that describe the learning objectives for the content. · Provide a standardized data model for additional information about a Competency Definition, such as a title, description, and source, compatible with other emerging learning asset metadata standards · Provide a controlled vocabulary to express how competency definitions are semantically related This standard specifically does not cover: · A data format, bindings or coding, except as minimally required for the purpose of exchange between compliant implementations · Quality and accuracy in the data itself, although it will describe recommended best practices. For example, this standard does not cover the quality or validation of the various parts of a learning objective statement. · A competency model, or a taxonomy of competencies. · Specific applications or systems that use competency definitions. · How the relationships between competencies are stored in a database or learning management system. · Certification data models. However, Certification records can reference Competency Definitions. For example, an accredited authority may grant certificates that acknowledge that an individual meets the requirements for a particular competency. · Individual competency records, as would be found in the competency profiles of individuals or groups. However, such records can include references to specific Competency Definitions. For example, a competency profile for an individual may include a collection of certificates which in turn reference Competency Definitions, as well as a collection of references to the definitions for competencies to be acquired. ]

7. Purpose of Proposed Project:

[The purpose of this standard is to define a universally acceptable Competency Definition model to allow the creation, exchange and reuse of Competency Definition in applications such as Learning Management Systems, Competency or Skill Gap Analysis, Learner and other Competency profiles, etc. The standard is needed because there are currently many definitions of the terms "Learning Objective", "Competency" and "Skill", and very little agreement between how those definitions can be used to define reusable data models. This standard also addresses the following needs: a. Enable industry or domain organizations to clearly define and register competencies. b. Allow curriculum developers, trainers and managers to use a common data model to build various competency models, hierarchies and maps c. Enable providers of courses or learning objects to specify prerequisites by referencing existing competency definitions. d. Enable employers to search for and select predefined competencies rather than defining them themselves. e. Enable learners to easily search and find those competencies required by employers, schools, courses, or learning objects. f. Enable developers and managers of training, as well as managers of educational records, to develop databases of persistent, long lived Competency Definitions and certification records that can be created, exchanged among systems, and maintained. g. Enable competency definition users to deal with obsolete or superseded competency definitions in a predictable manner. h. Enable competency record keepers or users to identify the source of the Competency Definition, validation information, and other meta information useful to locate an objective in a repository or collection. i. Enable users of the Learning Objects Metadata Standard developed by a parallel group to integrate competency definition references in Learning Object Metadata. ]

8. Intellectual Property {Answer each of the questions below}

  1. Are you aware of any patents relevant to this project?

  2. [No] {Yes, with detailed explanation below / No}
    [ ] {Explanation}

  3. Are you aware of any copyrights relevant to this project?

  4. [No] {Yes, with detailed explanation below / No}
    [ ] {Explanation}

  5. Are you aware of any trademarks relevant to this project?

  6. [No] {Yes, with detailed explanation below / No}
    [ ] {Explanation}

  7. Are you aware of any registration of objects or numbers relevant to this project?

[No] {Yes, with detailed explanation below / No}
[ ] {Explanation}


9. Are you aware of any other standards or projects with a similar scope?

[No] {Yes, with detailed explanation below / No}
[ ] {Explanation}

10. International Harmonization

Is this standard planned for adoption by another international organization?
[No] {Yes/No/?? if you don't know at this time}
If Yes: Which International Organization [ ]
If Yes: Include coordination in question 13 below
If No: Explanation [There are no plans at this time to submit this to any international organizations.]

11. Is this project intended to focus on health, safety or environmental issues?

[No] {Yes/No/?? if you don't know at this time}
If Yes: Explanation [...]

12. Proposed Coordination/Recommended Method of Coordination

  1. Mandatory Coordination
  2. SCC 10 (IEEE Dictionary) by DR {Circulation of DRafts}
    IEEE Staff Editorial Review by by DR
    SCC 14 (Quantities, Units and Letter symbols) by DR
  3. Coordination requested by Sponsor:
  4. [Aviation Industry CBT Committee (AICC)] by [LI] {circulation of DRafts/LIaison memb/COmmon memb} 
    [Instructional Management system (IMS)] by [LI] {circulation of DRafts/LIaison memb/COmmon memb} 
    [Alliance of Remote Instructional Authoring and Distribution Networks for Europe (ARIADNE)] by [LI] {circulation of DRafts/LIaison memb/COmmon memb} 
  5. Coordination Requested by Others:

[...] {added by staff}

Additional Explanation Notes: {Item Number and Explanation}

[...]{If necessary, these can be continued on additional pages}

 The PAR Copyright Release and Signature Page must be submitted by FAX or physical delivery before this PAR will be sent on for NesCom and Standards Board approval.

Copyright 2004-2007, by the Contributing Authors. Cite/attribute Resource. dray. (2005, August 02). P1484.20 Original PAR - complete. Retrieved January 30, 2009, from IEEE Learning Technology Standards Committee Web site: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License. Creative Commons License