Developing a Distance Culture in a Bricks and Mortar World

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DevLearn 2012 Conference & Expo - November 2, 2012

Don Tollefson

Branch Chief, Creative Learning
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

After 15 years of training entirely on a residential campus, budget pressures forced the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to begin to emphasize distance learning. They revamped an entire division to focus on eLearning and struggled through changing their culture. But they had a mandate ... and there was no turning back. The learning curve was steep, but the service is now moving forward with a distance learning mentality.

Participants in this case-study session will focus on the lessons learned about how to turn SMEs and developers from distance learning (DL) opponents into DL advocates. You’ll learn the different approaches the service took to teach its content experts about DL. You’ll learn its current processes for developing DL products, how they came to be, and how they are still evolving. Lastly, you’ll learn about the tools created to help the service’s residential training experts become DL training experts.

In this session, you will learn:

  • An approach to help shift a learning culture from strictly residential training to a blended approach
  • The processes and procedures used by one organization to develop distance learning products and tools
  • What tools to provide to your training professionals to help them create great distance learning
  • Some tips on how to help an organization on a tight budget develop a distance learning team

Audience:  Novice designers, project managers, managers, and directors.


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