their use—and proper licensure, certification and
registration with the FAA is required.
A few years ago, risk managers at Wisconsin
technical colleges worked with their insurance
provider, DMI, to develop guidelines and a first-of-its-kind insurance policy that would give students
the opportunity to learn how to use drones in a
safe and well-regulated environment, while protecting institutions from liability.
“DMI was on the cutting edge of providing
proper insurance coverage for the use of drones
in the curriculum,” says Stoeger-Moore. “We came
up with some very specific guidelines for the colleges to follow. For example, use of a drone must
be directly related to curriculum and instruction.
All FAA rules and regulations must be followed.
Proper registration with the FAA is required, as is
proper certification by instructors.”
Stoeger-Moore likens a drone instructor to
someone who is teaching truck driving. “You don’t
teach this skill unless you have a commercial driv-
er’s license, and you shouldn’t be teaching about
drones unless you have a proper pilot certification
from the FAA,” he says.
The collaboration between Wisconsin’s technical colleges and DMI over the use of drones for
instruction is a good example of how best practices in risk management “can help protect the
college, instructors, and students when moving
forward with new initiatives,” he concludes.
Dennis Pierce is an education writer based in Boston.
LEFT: DMI hosted a workshop
for risk managers from
Wisconsin's technical colleges.
RIGHT: Northcentral Technical
College's Disaster Response
Team received the 2018 Risk
Northeast Wisconsin Technical
College recently opened a new
College of Business featuring
expanded programming and
advanced technology, including
drone technology. The drones
used during the ceremony were
handheld rather than flown
because the day's high winds
could have caused safety and