Teaching and Training Materials

To further enable enhanced coverage of standards in business and engineering courses, this site will host model curricula, teaching modules and related exercises. Many of these will be outputs from grantees of NIST’s Curricula Development Cooperative Agreement Program. MATERIALS MAY BE FREELY USED BUT THE SOURCE SHOULD BE CITED. ALSO PLEASE ALERT US BY EMAILING: j-strauss@northwestern.edu

Standards for Everyone: A Modular Curriculum


This set of course modules was developed by Dr. Linda Garcia of Georgetown University as part of a 2012 NIST Curricula Development grant. The modules are intended to stimulate recognition of the relevance of standards to a wide range of subjects. As long as the source is cited the modules may be used by faculty. individually or as a sequence, without charge. The modules are presented as separate scripts supporting lectures. Also posted is an extract from the project techncial report discussing the thinking behind the modules. Finally, a draft syllabus is offered.

Module scripts

Extract from Technical Report

August 2014 Revised Draft Syllabus

IP-Shield and Society for Standards Professionals (SES) standards case video series


This series of 4 cases presented in the form of short videos, along with a 1-hour online course entitled "Standards in the Workplace" were developed with two 2012 NIST Curricula Development grants and are available without charge (simple sign-up required) at: http://www.ip-shield.com/nist.aspx  The materials have been used with great success in Purdue University engineering courses.

Additional material developed by IP-Shield can be accessed here

Integrating Standards Education into the Business School Curriculum


This project was undertaken by Professors Stephen Kwan and Nitin Aggarwal of San Jose State Universitty under a 2012 NIST Curricula Development grant. The approach was to introduce standards into business and policy courses through "stealth" - seamlessly linked to common already covered topics, requiring minimal or no approval or modification of current syllabi. This was enabled by the development and dissemination of short case studies and teaching notes. Part 1 below is the project report including discussion of the approach and lessons learned from implementation of the cases. Part 2 provides the actual cases and teaching notes.  Part 1, in particular, is a very large file.

Standards in Context Module


This module was developed by Northwestern University CTIM under a grant from NIST's Curricula Development Cooperative Agreement Program. Teaching with this module can take between two and three 90-minute class sessions (depending on nature and extent of discussion). Depending on course context and level of students, slides may be modified or omitted. The module is intended to fit into a range of courses but has a slant toward innovation and management. It also is presented from a corporate perspective more than a policy or societal one. Healthcare and smart grid are used as examples. Reading are suggested (standards specific and some broader) with summaries, links to internet sources and some discussion guidance. The module incoriporates a negotiation exercise which is available below.

Download the Module's PowerPoint Presentation with notes. A version revised November 2014 is posted here. Additional slides for use after the negotiation exercise are available upon request (omitted here so as not to spoil the exercise for students accessing the site and also doing the exercise in class.)

NUZIP standards negotiation exercises (2 versions)


This role playing exercise was developed by Northwestern University CTIM to accompany the Standards in Context Course Module. The module includes suggestions for adapting the exercise for different course settings. It can also be used independently. It is intended to help users to recognize the complexity of standards negotiation with emphasis on strategic implications and challenges associated with uncertain technology change requiring guiding anticipatory standards. Posted here is a version developed by CTIM for, and successfully used in a NIST workshop hosted by the University of Pittsburgh November 20, 2014.

Also posted is a newer version modified for and through discussion in a NIST workshop hosted by Georgetown University May 19, 2015. In addition to tweaks throughout, this version brngs out supply chain issues through the addition of a powerful supplieroriented country "role" and background.

Only the introductions are posted as students may access this site and also work through the exercise in class. Country role briefings are available for each vesrion at no charge to faculty and trainers. Contact Jeffrey Strauss: j-strauss@northwestern.edu.

NUZIP Industrial Communication Systems Standards negotiation exercise introduction

NUZIP Version 2.0 Supply Chain negotiation exercise introduction

Module developed for Next Generation Infrastructures MOOC


This module was developed by Dr. Tineke Egyedi of Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. It includes an introduction,  2 video lectures,  and readings. The module and MOOC discussion forum may be accessed without charge but registration is required. Standards and Flexible Infrastructures

Information Technology Standards website


Under a 2013 NIST Curricula Development grant, a comprehensive website was developed by several faculty members and graduate students from the School of Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh to introduce Information Technology Standards. The site can be seen at http://its.sis.pitt.edu/NIST. Faculty can access the related teaching materials at: http://its.sis.pitt.edu/NIST/faculty.html

The website provides four kinds of resources:
•    Under "Modules" you will find the primary learning materials that have been put together. This includes powerpoint slides, videos, specialized reading material and exercises to help you learn more about the topic of the module.
•    The "Articles" component provides access to a database of articles on research and scholarship on standards and standards organizations.
•    The "Standards" component provides pointers to standards that are freely available as well as pointers to places where selected standard are available for personal use.
•    The "Resources" component provides additional information on standards organizations, their processes and history. We have also provided some material on other standards you might find of interest.