Thank you very much for your replies. I’m very excited about this project. I have been giving a lot of thought to this project and my ideas are still evolving. My goal is to create a learning environment that is flexible and uses existing learning material together with student/teacher resources. I believe that we have a great learning resource in the NACHI web site, our professional inspector membership, the web, and published materials in general. My thinking now is that we could develop an online Professional Development School.
Professional Development School
Could we create a Professional Development School open to all and aimed at developing all of our skills through debate and discussion? I believe we can.
My idea is to use a series of case studies aimed at teaching inspectors how to fine tune the inspection process and use the resources that are available to help them throughout their inspection careers. The case studies will be short scenarios based on actual inspections. The stories will enable the many and varied aspects of home inspection to be presented in the context of the working environment using a process known as “Learning-In-Action” (Schon, D.A. (1987) Educating the reflective practitioner). These case studies would come from our membership but be reworked by an instructional designer to ensure that they fit into a defined learning path with measurable learning objectives.
Each case will challenge the inspector to develop his or her own solution using existing knowledge, books, web research and/or video. I would not publish books per se but provide references and leave the student to choose the materials that best fit their needs. In this way we do not have copyright issues to contend with and students will have a vast array of learning material to choose from.
The Professional Development School would provide opportunities for successful, experienced inspectors to mentor inspectors who are new to the business, which will help them in their own professional development. It would help the newer inspectors develop their businesses by addressing technical and business issues. An open discussion might even give individuals the confidence to price high rather than low.
What do you think?