First, did you know that the state has an LMS? Second, what’s an LMS? This week we visit our counterparts at the state level to learn more about our learning management system…not to be confused with Canvas, our instructional LMS.
Confused? Me too (sort of, but not really).
The adventure begins with an invite to attend both the Training Mangers and the LMS Administrators collaborative meetings in Olympia. Since Olympia is like five hours away (really one hour) I first had to prep my smartphone with the right learning materials. Last week I discussed the benefits of Arbinger training and that is just one of the many audiobooks loaded on my device. In case you’re wondering, Audible is an Amazon app that has over 150,000 book titles and offers a 30-day trial that includes one free download (I did not get paid to say that). The trip was made a little easier by listening to “Make It Stick” by Peter Brown.
Okay, back to business.
As it turns out, the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services (often referred to as DES) has a statewide contract for all “agencies” to utilize a single LMS. Thank you state of Washington. This allows for training data to easily migrate across agencies and ensure a smooth transition as employees move across state agency jobs.
From the first am meeting for Training Managers I learned all about state contracts, procurement, purchases, ethics, and a variety of other training offered through the LMS. The state is attempting to provide such training via face-to-face workshops, online webinars, and completely online self-paced courses. You may have already heard about the state LMS because of procurement and contracts training initiatives to be completed by this summer.
From the afternoon session I learned all about batch uploads, vendor interaction, and troubleshooting efforts. What was really great to see from this group was the collaborative effort to address and solve existing issues.
As I complete my own procurement and contracts training very shortly, and go through the administrator training to help manage this system for our institution, I plan to communicate any forward progress we make. This process will be challenging overall as it deals with state and local efforts, large training initiatives, compliance, and evolving technology systems. Stay tuned for more details!