NASBLA Announces Interactivity Option for Basic Boating Education Courses Seeking Approval

By Hannah Helsby posted 25 days ago


NASBLA Announces Interactivity Option for
Basic Boating Education Courses Seeking Approval

The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) announces the availability of the NASBLA Basic Boating Education Course Approval Policy Section 9.3A Interactivity Rubric and worksheets. This optional process is a result of changes enacted by the NASBLA membership during its 2016 Annual meeting. The Section 9.3A Interactivity Option takes effect on January 1, 2018. Course providers may begin submitting courses for review using this option on October 1, 2017. 

The Interactivity Rubric, and supporting documents, can be accessed by selecting Item 7: Course Approval Policy Section 9.3A (Interactivity Option) Documents on the updated NASBLA Course Approval webpage. Posted with the rubric are scoring worksheets, a process flow chart, reference pages for Student Performance Objectives, Bloom's Taxonomy, and common activities for each of the four described learning levels. Six short tutorials explain the documents and process. The complete set of interactive documents and tutorials is available here.

Pamela Dillon, NASBLA Education and Standards Director, stated, “The combined expertise and input from all those involved have resulted in a truly one-of-a-kind measurement tool that will benefit the greater boating education community across the United States. This is a significant milestone which opens new pathways for development of boater education programs.”

This process was created under the leadership of NASBLA Education Committee Susan Stocker (Chair), Kim Jackson (Vice Chair), Betsy Woods (Program Administration Subcommittee Chair), and Charge 1 subcommittee members MariAnn McKenzie and Stacey Brown representing state interests. Feedback was solicited from course providers and interested parties through a series of nationwide webinars presenting scoring concepts. A team of three Instructional Design Consultants guided development of the rubric: May Chang, Instructional & Curriculum Designer, Gloryvee Cordero, Insta Apps LLC, and Houri Tamizifar, Founder, Cynuria Consulting.


The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) is a national nonprofit organization representing all 50 states and the U.S. territories. In addition to developing public policy for recreational boating safety and maritime security for over 50 years, NASBLA has been committed to maintaining the national training and education standards for the recreational boating community and the maritime public safety professionals. NASBLA’s mission includes fostering partnerships among the states, the U.S. Coast Guard, and other recreation boating safety partners. To learn more about how NASBLA visit


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