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.
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 substantive, 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.
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.