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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.

No Fear Act

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.

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.

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.

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 Consitution and Citizenship resources. Federal employees and the general public may view the website and take the course.

Personal Identifiable Informaton

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.

Supervisory Training

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Leadership Development Resources: In 2010, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) implemented an enterprise-wide leadership development program (LDP). The program is built on the foundation that leadership is everybody’s business and the agency is committed to educating and growing leaders throughout all levels of their organization.

At the core of the LDP are three online components: the program’s primary website, a supervisory resource center, and a leadership assessment website.  Select this link to download full description of the websites.

The program’s primary and supervisory resource center websites are not publicly available, however the leadership assessment website can be accessed by selecting this link. To view these websites on your desktop, select the links below, then download, save and unzip the files into a folder.  To launch each website double-click the “index” file. 

These files can re-purposed for use by any agency. 

Questions?  Comments? Contact the USPTO Enterprise Training Division.

USDA's APHIS Leadership Roadmap and Leadership Development Toolkit: Building off of OPM-established leadership competencies, USDA has created a leadership roadmap and toolkit specifically for APHIS employees. This resource provides valuable information regarding leadership competency development, supervisory, managerial, and executive development, learning transfer, and mentoring and coaching. 

Difficult Conversations for Supervisors: OPM developed this course to support agencies supervisor training requirement specified in 5CFR 412.202. This online and interactive course allows new and current supervisors to explore different ways to have that "difficult conversation." Supervisors will learn different techniques and tools to having an effective conversation with an employee, thus making the conversation less difficult. Supervisors have the ability to practice having a conversation with a virtual employee allowing them to practice in a safe and risk free environment.

You may either access the course through HR University and/or download the source code from this wiki page. Here is the Source Code for the course. Here are the EHRI data fields to include in your LMS.

Difficult Conversations for Supervisors Course Trailer: Here is a trailer for agencies to use to market this course.

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.

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