Saturday, September 12, 2015

5 Steps for Adopting Virtual Learning for the Government Worker - FRIEDA K. EDGETTE, NATALIE S. MATTHEWS, Government Technology

It's gotten harder to get government workers the training they need. Online learning can help to fill the gap. GovLoop, an online training and collaboration community that describes itself as "the knowledge network for government," surveyed its members and found that almost 90 percent of respondents had attended at least one virtual learning event in 2014, up 2 percent from 2013. It's not hard to see why that number has been growing: Going virtual eliminates geographic, spatial and time constraints, since learners can attend from any convenient location. Webinars and virtual classroom tools such as surveys, whiteboards and text chat facilitate session engagement and appeal to participants' different learning styles. Archived recordings of sessions allow for on-demand and repeat viewings. And the cost savings related to travel, lodging, and lost time and office productivity are significant.

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