On Oct 7, 2014, nearly one hundred public and private sector leaders in the federal training sector attended Blackboard’s Federal Strategies Workshop. Attendees heard from experts at the Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. General Services Administration and Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

Topics ranged from integrations of learning platforms, to best practices for competency-based learning, to demonstrating ROI. However, the common theme throughout was that technology is key to federal training cost-savings and improving learner engagement.

Here are a few of our other favorite takeaways:

  • Gamification and simulation techniques, such as board game styles, earning points, sound, and colorful graphics, helps to keep learners interested and engaged.
  • Don’t force learners down specific paths, let them move around the material as they prefer.
  • Learning management systems are not just for delivering courses. You can share follow up materials, certifications, surveys, and more.
  • Integration with other platforms allows for additional features such as native technologies, single sign-on, gradebook extraction, etc.
  • If training requires payment, integration of an online payment service will facilitate immediacy of training, so learners can register, pay, and then train, even while teleworking, traveling, or off-times.
  • Competency-based learning helps to reduce costs, improve delivery of marketable information, and shorten time to completion.

fedworkshop2a[2]Federal agencies that are embracing online learning are seeing success in their training investments, and demonstrating results beyond just the number of people trained. Technology is changing the way we learn and share information and Blackboard is proud to be a part of that.

For more information on our government training solutions, visit http://www.blackboard.com/government/

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