NISOD CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS (CEU) GUIDELINES
The field of education is constantly changing due to new approaches and new technologies that dramatically transform teaching and the student experience. Consequently, educators recognize that continuing their education is necessary to keep growing and evolving in their profession. Since its founding in 1978, the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) has provided educators with opportunities to continue their professional education via conferences, workshops, webinars, publications, and more.
Recognizing the responsibility of educators to continue their educational and professional development, NISOD now awards Continuing Education Units (CEUs) — a nationally recognized method of quantifying time spent participating in professional development and training activities — to individuals according to the guidelines outlined below. The primary purpose of awarding CEUs is to provide a record of the professional development accomplishments of individuals who have completed educational and career enhancement experiences.
JUSTIFICATION FOR AWARDING CEUs
NISOD is a part of The University of Texas at Austin, an accredited higher education institution. The decision by an organization like NISOD to award CEUs does not require the approval of another agency. However, NISOD will follow the standards established by the U.S. Department of Education for awarding CEUs.
BENEFIT OF CEUS TO THE LEARNER AND THEIR EMPLOYER
- Improve Skills for Current Job
- Learn New Skills for New Job
- Higher Salary Potential
- Increased Marketability
- Fulfill Professional Development Requirements
- Student Learning Directly Affected by Faculty Competence
- Highly Skilled Employees
- Retention of Quality Employees
- Identification of Future Leaders
CEUs are often required as part of an individual’s professional development to maintain, develop, and increase competencies in their current role or as they transition to new responsibilities in a new role. NISOD offers several learning experiences designed to help individuals acquire or improve their skills. These learning experiences are a cost-effective way to stay on top of new trends, techniques, strategies, and issues affecting the teaching profession, especially those new ideas affecting community and technical college educators. NISOD’s learning experiences are also an excellent way to network with other educators across North America and beyond.
Learners may participate in specified NISOD learning experiences to earn CEUs toward their professional development requirements. However, adoption and use of NISOD CEUs by other organizations are strictly voluntary. It is solely up to other organizations — not NISOD — whether to accept or decline NISOD CEUs. NISOD CEUs may not fulfill professional development requirements stipulated by a particular discipline, such as allied health, law, accounting, or social work. If an individual has such a requirement, they should work with an appropriate certifying body for approval.
DETERMINING THE NUMBER OF APPROVED CEUS
CEUs will be awarded based on the following calculation: One (1) CEU equals ten (10) contact hours (clock hours) of learner interaction with the learning activity’s content. It follows that one (1) contact hour (60 minutes) equals 0.1 CEU.
Activities for which CEUs will not be awarded are, but not limited to:
- Lunch or coffee breaks
- Archived online events, unless the learner successfully passes a learning assessment with a score of at least 80% in NISOD’s learning management system
- Non-NISOD-sponsored learning experiences
- Other activities not considered an active learning experience by NISOD
CEU AWARDING PROCESS
Every NISOD learning experience offering CUEs will have predetermined learning objectives. In addition to the description of topics to be covered, measurable learning objectives will clearly define what individuals will know or be able to do because of participating in the learning experience.
- NISOD will announce learning experiences on its website, along with the intended learning outcomes, the number of CEUs to be awarded, and any other relevant information.
- Learners will register for, pay for (where applicable), and attend learning experiences. CEUs are only awarded to individuals who pass the post-experience learning assessment with a score of at least 80% in NISOD’s learning management system.
- Upon the conclusion of a learning experience, NISOD staff will verify the learner’s assessment score.
- If the learner passes the assessment, NISOD staff will send the learner a Certificate of Completion (and in some cases a digital badge) documenting the learning experience.
- Certificates of Completion (and digital badges where relevant) will include the number of CEUs earned and the number of contact hours, in addition to details about the learning experience.
- NISOD will maintain records of CEUs awarded according to the record maintenance guidelines below.
As the provider of the learning experience and associated CEUs, NISOD agrees to keep record of participants’ attendance and awarded CEUs for a period of 10 years, as stipulated by the University of Texas at Austin. Upon request, NISOD will produce verification of attendance for the requesting individual for this duration. NISOD will not accept transfer of, nor will it maintain records of CEUs awarded for participation in non-NISOD sponsored learning experiences (i.e., learning experiences presented or sponsored by other organizations).
All fees for CEUs awarded, where applicable, will be determined by NISOD and clearly indicated prior to registration for the associated learning experience. Where possible, NISOD will build CEU fees into the existing cost of the learning experience.