CM2017.01 Comments Con’t_PDC

Proposed 2017 Conference Motion Comments Con’t:

The PDC role is,To advise the RID Board of Directors and assists RID Headquarters in the oversight of the policies and standards for the Certification Maintenance Program (CMP) and the Associate Continuing Education Tracking (ACET) program.”  

To effectively advise, the Board, HQ and by extension RID members, the PDC must investigate where the field of interpreting and the field of continuing education are currently trending.  Also driving the work are considerations for what is good for the field, the integrity of RID certification, RID members and stakeholders.  The PDC seeks to draft guidelines, standards and criteria that ensure the safety and integrity of our certification, follow all applicable laws, support a growing membership and promote and respect all aspects of diversity.

Motion name: CM2017.01



The PDC is in the process of writing guidelines for Sponsor management and oversight of online education.  This is part of the comprehensive review of the Standards and Criteria.

The PDC is opposed to CM2017.01, as online education has become an important delivery structure for RID continuing education.  It can be a very effective mechanism for responding to our ever increasingly diverse and geographically dispersed community of interpreters.  Online education responds well to:

-our certified members who live across the globe and serve an increasingly global and mobile Deaf Community.

-the increasing demand for developing knowledge and competencies in unique specialties  

-bring together multiple viewpoints outside the comfort of one’s close community and to support student engagement that responds to audiences from 1 to 1000.  

The rationale to CM2017.01, also gives the PDC concerns:

  • “Currently, all 8.0 CEUs required can be earned online with the member not utilizing any sign language, or interacting with any Deaf individuals. ” The same may be said for face-to-face education.  If this is the concern of the motion, it should be addressed directly through a different motion.
  • This rationale assumes that online education is not provided in sign language.  There are many online events given in sign language, often with a Deaf instructor.
  • Some education programs and Independent Study use blended approaches in their program.  They require participants to attend both online (synchronous or asynchronous) as well as onsite class meetings. How would these events be impacted by this motion?
  • There is no justification provided for why online education should be capped at 25% of one’s cycle requirements.  Why cap at 25% versus 35%, 45% or 55%?
  • This motion is counter productive to the CMP mission to encourage members to engage in quality educational events based solely on the mode of instruction.

Other concerns with this motion include:

  • it requires additional documentation and tracking that the current database is not structured to provide.  
  • it will require an increase in the RID CMP Fee on members to cover the cost of database redevelopment and ongoing maintenance costs.

The PDC appreciates the concerns of the motion authors and agree that instruction in ASL and involvement with the Deaf are critical components of a health education cycle.   

There are plenty of areas where the CMP/ACET system might be improved.  The PDC believes this motion will move RID in a direction we do not want to trend. RID has seen a dramatic increase in programming delivered via the Internet.  This has helped to increase access and engagement by all of our members.  It has also become an effective tool for delivery of content in both ASL and English.  At the same time, it is true there have been significant problems, such as questionable quality, barriers to participant engagement and a general lack of appropriate evaluation.  The PDC is aware that with with the advance of technology and the ease of access to electronic and/or digital presentations the growth in online education will continue.  RID and the PDC are trying to keep pace with online educational programming.  We recognize without clear and strong oversight of these remote services our members may suffer.  It is the PDC’s responsibility to promote high quality programming for the CMP/ACET system and to ensure the integrity education system so that it assures interpreting consumers that RID certified members are current in knowledge and readiness as identified by their RID certification status.  We are and will continue to work toward that end and toward enhancing guidelines, standards and criteria for managing effective online education.


Thank you,