CLP Team Visits Foreign Service Institute

On January 10, 2018, the CLP team visited the U.S. State Department Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, VA to give a presentation about the Common Learning Portal to 30 of its employees.

A group of business men and women stand on the steps leading into Arlington Hall.
NPS and FSI at Arlington Hall. Photo credit: FSI.

The Foreign Service Institute (FSI) is the U.S. government’s leading foreign affairs training provider, dedicated to equipping the foreign affairs community with career-long learning opportunities. FSI “promotes┬ásubstantive, regional, and linguistic expertise, leadership finesse, personal resilience and innovative problem-solving.”

Prior to the presentation, members of FSI’s School of Applied Information Technology (SAIT) gave the CLP team a tour of the campus, which included visiting the Educational Technology lab and the SAIT Sandbox. The SAIT’s lab and sandbox are using advanced technology, including virtual reality systems and hardware, to enhance learning experiences.

A group of people stand inside a video space with multiple videos projected on the walls.
NPS and SAIT team in the Educational Technology lab. Photo credit: Ryan Jennings/NPS.
An NPS employee using a virtual reality headset.
Moss Rudley, HPTC Superintendent, using a virtual reality headset. Photo credit: FSI.








During the presentation, the CLP team shared the site’s successes and challenges since its pilot launch in August 2016. In the year since its debut, the CLP has successfully collated content from 30+ previously disparate training sites to one platform, creating a one-stop-shop for employees to find training opportunities and resources and engage with one another.

The CLP team also discussed the differences between the CLP and the Learning Management System (LMS), currently known as DOI Learn. The team provided FSI with information about the various types of LMSs offered in today’s market and discussed open source solutions that are flexible and customizable, which can easily integrate with other types of platforms.

The FSI and the NPS Office of Learning and Development have a similar mission: to connect a disperse workforce to training opportunities and each other. FSI’s SAIT team recognizes the CLP’s potential and seeks to implement a similar site within their organization.

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