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March 16 – 18, 2016 Orlando, FL

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ECO213 Using a Common Learning Portal at the National Park Service

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Wednesday, March 16

Ecosystem - Technology


Prior to the integration of its learning information sites into the common learning portal (CLP), the National Park Service (NPS) had over 25 different sites for its various learning programs. This made finding learning information complex for its workforce of over 20,000 employees. Navigation required knowledge of the URLs at various sites and each site had different navigation tools and varied widely in appearance. In addition, social learning opportunities in the form of communities were scattered among various commercial sites.

In this session, you will learn about an 18-month-long CLP process—from inception to completion. You will learn how the NPS pulled all of its various learning communities—formal and informal—and community interaction into one system, making finding learning opportunities no more than three clicks away. You will also learn how the NPS integrated requirements, such as findability, LMS integration, governance, and other practical considerations within the decentralized organization’s training groups.

In this session, you will learn:

  • The design considerations for building a learning portal
  • How to integrate within your communities of learning
  • How a learning portal can tie in with other learning systems as part of the learning ecosystem
  • The considerations, pitfalls, and things to avoid with developing a learning portal
  • How taxonomy planning is critical on day one
  • How modular design allows for maximum flexibility

Intermediate and advanced designers and developers.

Technology discussed in this session:

Dale Carpenter

Distance Learning Program Manager

National Park Service

Dale Carpenter, a distance learning program manager for the National Park Service (NPS), has been developing eLearning courses for over 20 years. Dale has been designing and developing online training since 1994. His current focus is on the integration of lightweight nano-learning particle components and the associated learning ecosystems that support the fusion of formal and informal learning, and can be utilized on all device types, including smartphones and tablets. Since joining the NPS, Dale has been leading the development of a learning ecosystem with a common learning portal, which combines formal, informal, and social learning communities.

Zach Wahl


Enterprise Knowledge

Zach Wahl is the founder and president of Enterprise Knowledge, which focuses on the delivery of innovative knowledge and information management solutions. Zach is an expert on the topics of taxonomy design, knowledge management, and information governance. He focuses on the design and deployment of information management technologies and systems, including portals, collaboration tools, learning management systems, and other social computing solutions. In addition, he’s designed his own series of workshops on the topics of information management system best practices, taxonomy design, and eGovernance. Zach has managed the deployment of over 70 information management systems in both the public and private sectors.

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