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Sharing Resources and Collaborating Across Agencies

The Federal Chief Learning Officers Council, in partnership with OPM, has developed a wiki page where agencies may share resources, materials, and courses, including Federal mandatory training. These materials are available for download. 

Before downloading any course source code or taking the course through the wiki, you should determine whether these courses already are offered through your agency's LMSs. If so, you should access the course through your agency's LMS to document the training within your agency. We also provide EHRI fields with each course. Please make sure you capture the correct EHRI data fields. 

Courses on this wiki page are 508 compliant, according to the agency that developed it. Please adhere to your agency's 508 compliance procedures when downloading any course source code.

Federal Labor Relations Authority
Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) Executive Order 13522 Training is intended to train Federal employees, managers, and union representatives on the Executive Order.

Below are three courses available for download:

  • FLRA Bargaining Over 5 U.S.C. Section 7106(b)(1) Matters
  • FLRA Basic Statutory Training
  • FLRA Comprehensive Arbitration Training

Here are the EHRI data fields for both courses:

  • FLRA Bargaining
  • FLRA Basic Statutory
  • FLRA Comprehensive Arbitration Training

For more information on FLRA, please visit the FLRA website.

No Fear Act
The No Fear Act requires agencies to develop training on the rights and remedies applicable to agency employees regarding antidiscrimination laws and whistleblower protection laws. For more information on No Fear Act training, go to the EEOC website. 

Nuclear Regulatory Commission developed an online course designed to education its employees on the No Fear Act. Here is the source code and the EHRI data fields.You must download the zip files to your computer before you can upload the code to your LMS.  The first version was designed to be run within an LMS.  The second version ("mock API") was designed to run as a stand-alone course, such as on a CD.

  • NRC No Fear Act original with SCORM API interface
  • NRC No Fear Act mock API
  • EHRI Data Fields

Plain Language
The Plain Language Act of 2010 requires Federal agencies to use "clear Government communication that the public can understand and use."  Agencies are required to provide training to its employees by July 13th 2011.

The Plain Language Action and Information Network developed a website to help agencies meet this requirement. The website contains examples of using Plain Language, Books, Journals, and other resources to help agencies meet this requirement.

The Social Security Administration developed a course consisting of Videos on Demand to meet this requirement. The course consists of a short video. Below are links to two formats to the video; the first is a Windows Media version that you can watch on your personal computer, the second is a Flash version that you can use to embed on a website (similar to videos on YouTube).  Both versions include closed captioning. You must download the zip files to your computer before uploading to your agency's LMS.

  • Plain Language (Windows Media version)
  • Plain Language (Flash version)
  • EHRI data fields

Other Free Plain Language Training Options

  1. The Plain Language Action and Information Network (PLAIN) offers free half-day plain language training classes for federal agencies, as well as classes on writing for the web.  All of the classes are based on the Federal Plain Language Guidelines and involve interactive writing exercises. Agencies are encouraged to contact PLAIN to set up classes; they like to see 20-35 students per class.
  2. Department of the Army training module, aimed at "Action Officers"... "Action officers shape information and submit recommendations to senior decision makers, that when approved become decisions. To do this successfully, action officers must be proficient writers; they author documents that often have impact Army-wide." Self-paced instruction consists of 11 lessons and 5 appendices that cover staff processes and communication skills, including writing. Enrollment is available to all federal employees and members of the armed forces.
  3. The NIH offers a free plain language internet-based training that introduces you to the basics of plain language. It's not just for medical folks. The goal of this training is to help you learn to organize your ideas, use a clear writing style, and become a more effective communicator.
  4. A good primer on Plain Language that includes some online training can be found on the Canadian website Plain Train.
  5. The Federal Plain Language Guidelines, which DOJ will be adopting as its guide, can be found here:

Constitution Day Courses
Agencies are required to provide new agency employees with education and training materials concerning the United States Constitution and provide, annually, education and training materials to all employees (Section 111 of Title I, Division J, of the Fiscal Year 2005 Consolidated Appropriations Act (Pub. L. 108-447), enacted into law on December 8, 2004).  These agencies below have shared their online courses to help other agencies meet this requirement.

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
: This online course is designed to educate DHS employees on the U.S. Constitution. Here are the EHRI data fields to include in your LMS. 

Department of Defense: The Department of Defense (DoD) developed a website and online course on the U.S. Constitution to assist DoD employees learn about the Constitution. The website contains the course, videos from Supreme Court Justices, and other Constitution and Citizenship resources. Federal employees and the general public may view the website and take the course.


Personal Identifiable Information (PII)

Department of Commerce
This course is designed to bring awareness about Personally Identifiable Information (PII). Specifically, (1) to identify types of PII; (2) list the methods for protecting and handling PII; (3) state the process/procedure for reporting PII incidents; and (4) recognizing the consequences of mishandling PII. The course material is presented through a day long story in which various PII mishaps occur.

Here are the EHRI data fields to include in your LMS.

Human Capital Essentials & Human Capital Advanced

HC Essentials was designed for all first-time supervisors and supervisors new to the Department of Education. The course is available in two formats – Adobe Flash and a 508 compliant version in HTML for employees with special needs.

HC Essentials provides the new supervisor with a foundation on human resource policies and processes and should be taken within the first year of an appointment to a new supervisory position. The training is divided into eleven (11) modules that offer supervisors an opportunity to update their knowledge of human resource issues and get answers to the "real world" questions seasoned supervisors face.

Human Capital Advanced: Beyond the Basics is a follow-up course that builds upon the key elements provided in HC Essentials. This online course provides a managerial training update, which is required every three years as mandated by Federal regulations. The training is divided into six (6) modules that provide supervisors with additional training on actions, options, and strategies for managing employees at the Department of Education.

Click on the link to download the HC Essentials and Advanced courseware as a Master zip file.


Training Business Plans

SSA Training Business Plan


Strategic Learning Plans

U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Strategic Learning Plan for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission


The Federal Collaborative e-Learning Laboratory
The Federal Collaborative e-Learning Laboratory (Fed-CEL) is a trail blazing online community of instructional designers, graphic designers, Web developers, and subject matter experts from across the Federal Government. Through sharing time and resources and working collaboratively, the Fed-CEL will:

  • Explore and implement best practices in online training and instructional design
  • Use the latest technology to create cutting edge training
  • Produce collaboratively-built online course content
  • Become a clearinghouse for mandatory training
  • Develop a community of practice for ISD and design in the Federal Government.

The establishment of the Fed-CEL will reduce course and content development costs across the Federal sector through pooling of resources and the establishment of a clearinghouse for common mandated training. The community will also improve overall ISD and e-learning knowledge by allowing for knowledge sharing, evaluation and discussion of best practices. This in turn will foster innovation in e-learning development as members experiment and build on each other's work.

If you would like to join our community or have questions about Fed-CEL, please contact Ross Allan.

Grants Management
The Grants Management Training Agency Guide aims to ensure that Federal employees have the skills and training necessary to effectively and efficiently manage more than $300 billion in grants that the Federal Government awards annually.

This guide informs Federal agencies of best practices for training grants managers, and informs Federal employees of the knowledge and skills needed to progress in the field of grants management. The guide also identifies, defines, categorizes, and ranks various competencies -- the skills and knowledge that agencies seek in their grants managers. The result is a tool that agencies can use to bring their own practices into line with those of the Federal community at large. 

This tool is likewise a resource for Federal employees to identify training courses that would benefit them in their current careers or help them obtain the skills and knowledge needed to enter into a new career in the field of grants management.

To access the guide, click on this link: Grants Management Training Agency Guide.

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