CS-STEM Network and Educational Institutions
The CS-STEM Network works with educational institutions to conduct research to find the skills and knowledge needed to obtain a certification in areas such as Programming, Computational Thinking, Engineering, etc. We look at any materials or resources that you have, and investigate the assessments needed to provide a comprehensive test.
The CS-STEM Network creates certification exams for teachers and students.
Certification structures can be created to allow for multiple hierarchies. In Figure 1 you can see a typical case where a teacher gets certified, and then subsequently can certify students.
Figure 2 shows a structure that involves a Master Trainer getting certified who then certifies teachers. The teachers then can certify students.
Requirements and Load Testing
The certification exams are taken on CS-STEM Network servers. To ensure a reliable and smooth examination process, we work with your organization to properly set up and test your technology. Some basic requirements that you should have for your location or region are:
Reliable and broadband internet
Ability to handle the logistics required to administer exams
Dedicated IT staff to work with our team to administer load/requirements testing
Roster of students who will be taking the exams
Point of contact for coordinating the examinations for the location(s)
Once your organization is ready to request exams for teachers or students, the CS-STEM Network system has automated reminders for each phase to ensure efficiency. The following are the phases for teacher exams and student exams:
Teacher Exam Phases
Phase 1: Get trained
Phase 2: Submit assignments
Phase 3: Take the exam (3 months to take exam)
Student Exam Phases
Phase 1: Roster & Exam Setup (45 days prior to exam date)
Phase 2: Generate Accounts (30 days prior to exam date)
Phase 3: Technical Testing (15 days prior to exam date)
Phase 4: Exam Day
Phase 5: Invoicing (10 days after exam date)
Single Sign-On (SSO)
The ability to have Single Sign-On (SSO) improves the user experience overall. We have created the ability to do SSO by using a popular module called CAS. CAS Single Sign-on is available on many popular Learning Management Systems (LMS) such as Moodle. We can work with your technical team to implement this feature in your system!