Getting Started on the CLP

What is the CLP again?

First thing’s first. When we say the NPS Common Learning Portal is the tool for “Collaborative Learning:  Any Place… Any Time,” let’s make sure we’re all on the same page about what that means. And then, let’s make sure you know how to find all of the different types of resources on the CLP.

  • Training:  Classes are what we traditionally think about when we think of learning. And yes, you can find training classes on the CLP. The easiest place to find them is in the Training Events Catalog (but you can also search for them by keyword).
  • Just-In-Time Educational Resources:  Let’s face it, sometimes you just don’t have the time (or money) to go to a class. And sometimes, watching an instructional YouTube video or reviewing a “how to” checklist is all you really need. The CLP includes those types of educational resources in the Knowledge Park. “Just-in-time” when you really need them.
  • Communities of Learning:  You can only learn so much by taking a class, watching a video, or reading an article. There are times when you need to talk to someone to really hone your skills and develop new ideas. You can access these types of learning communities in the CLP Commons.

I’ve got it. What should I do first?

After you’ve logged in, these additional actions will help you take your CLP experience to the next level.

  1. Fill out your user profile using meaningful keywords. If you’re an expert in historic structures, make sure those words are in your profile so when people search for historic structures resources on the CLP they find you and can connect.
  2. Review our learning community’s etiquette standards so you know what’s expected of you (and others).
  3. While you’re on the etiquette standards page, join the CLP Help Commons group.
  4. Browse the knowledge park for interesting educational resources. You might just find things you didn’t even know you were looking for!
  5. Browse the CLP Commons group list and join any groups you might find of interest. Bonus points for searching CLP Connections and “following” others who have similar interests.

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