John Pierce (front row, sixth from left), and Robert Norton of The Ohio State University (next to Pierce) pose with Chinese educators during a DACUM workshop in San Francisco.
John Pierce (standing, middle) poses for a fun picture with Chinese educators during a DACUM workshop in San Francisco.
A Southeast Community
College employee who is a facilitator/trainer for The Ohio State University
recently facilitated a workshop in San Francisco for 22 Chinese educators.
John Pierce, program
chair and instructor for the Energy Generation Operations program on SCC’s
Milford Campus, is a part-time Developing A Curriculum facilitator/trainer.
DACUM is a methodology for developing and confirming curriculum.
From Aug. 11-13, OSU
hired Pierce to facilitate a DACUM workshop in the San Francisco area for a
group of 22 Chinese educators to demonstrate the effectiveness of the DACUM
curriculum development methodology. The group from China included faculty,
curriculum specialists, vice presidents, and presidents of a variety of
community and technical colleges from south-central China.
Federal Association of Business Councils, based in Houston, sponsored and
organized the trip, which was funded by the Chinese central government and each
participant’s college. USFABC provided interpreters for Pierce and Robert Norton
“They were a great group of professionals,”
Pierce said. “We got along great, even though there was quite a language
barrier. Many of the participants spoke limited English, but most did not.”
The outcome of the workshop was a chart that
indicates the job duties and tasks in which educators in China typically are
responsible. This chart can now be used by universities in China to help
fine-tune curriculum for college teacher programs there.
Some of the
institutions represented by the Chinese educators include Chongqing Vocational Institute of Engineering, Jiangxi
Environmental Engineering Vocational College, Guangzhou Railway Vocational and
Technical College, and Zhejiang Institute of Mechanical and Electrical
Engineering. The group wanted to learn more about the DACUM process.
Pierce has been a
DACUM facilitator for SCC since 2004 and a certified facilitator/trainer for
the process since 2008. There are approximately 20 certified DACUM trainers in
“Normally we train our
own facilitators at SCC,” Pierce said. “SCC utilizes the DACUM process not only
to write new curriculum for each program of study, but also to affirm existing
curriculum conforms to their respective industry’s needs. This is an important part
of why SCC is ranked so high nationally in terms of quality of instruction and (job)