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MicroAssist at National Sheriff's Association Conference in Baltimore
Submitted by admin on Fri, 07/17/2015 - 15:13
MicroAssist was proud to support the National Sheriffs’ Association by displaying at their national conference in Baltimore, last week. Hiram, Jack and I attended the conference and seeing a lot of friends that I haven’t seen – for years in some cases – was wonderful! Congrats to Sheriff Danny Glick, Laramie County, who will be taking over as NSA President. Danny is a visionary leader and a genuinely wonderful guy.
I wasn’t surprised however, that one of Sunday’s sessions was entitled “The Best Kept Secrets to Maximizing Your Training Dollars” presented by Kimberly A. Miller Ph.D. The program was offered in response to the reality that agency administrators must find innovative ways to overcome the reality that when dollars get tight, training suffers. As we all know, “I couldn’t afford it” is not a compelling or successful defense to law suits.
My colleagues and I were able to engage a lot of agency administrators and staff at the conference. We noticed two things: First, many were unfamiliar with “elearning”. And two, once they understood it, the vast majority saw it as an essential strategy for the future in policing. One glance at major public safety association websites validates that conclusion and reveals that elearning is already well-established in the industry as an integral component of a contemporary training strategy.
What is Elearning?
Simply put, elearning is the process of delivering a class via the internet. If you haven’t explored elearning in detail, it may be easy to default to the assumption that it just can’t be as effective as in-person training. I would encourage you to research the higher education system (which exists to provide high-quality / complex-content learning experiences) to see that not only is it effective, it has revolutionized advanced education. Institutions such as Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Princeton, and MIT have found online learning to be highly effective, and that is a pretty compelling recommendation. As a 25-year law enforcement trainer, and a student of both traditional and online education, I would argue that a blended strategy is the most effective; the most efficient; and the most beneficial to agency performance. Defensive tactics would not be a subject well-suited to an exclusively online delivery; but critical policies certainly would. In fact, I think the ideal balance would be delivering administrative, legal, and procedural training in an online format, thereby conserving the instructor/facility investment for the subjects where they are absolutely essential – defensive tactics, firearms, pursuit driving, high-risk tactics, etc.
Elearning is effective because it is built to deliver information in formats that are considered best-practices in adult learning styles.
It is interactive and can incorporate robust, validated examination instruments to record understanding and retention.
The courses can be integrated with other agency systems making enrollment, performance, certification and auditing a fully automated, hands-free function.
It can be taken 24/7 without the additional commitment of a live instructor and no facilities required.
It can be built so that students can take it on a desktop, tablet or mobile device.
It is delivered in a way that is both familiar to and embraced by the audience.
It can be taken in “chunks” at the convenience of the student or to accommodate the scheduling needs of the department.
The training is immune from fluctuation in content and quality. Once built, it is perfect and 100% consistent every time it’s delivered.
Under a Work for Hire model you own the IP property for the course and the course can be delivered to your team as often as you want, to as many people as you want. The initial course development cost is a one time cost vs an ongoing fee.
Vendors (including us) can host the entire process if you prefer so that you do not have to purchase a learning management system or worry about the IT infrastructure or related costs. Be sure their hosting facility is a fully FBI CJIS security compliant location.
The advantages of incorporating elearning into your suite of agency training activities are too numerous to list. But please feel free to reach out to me even if you just have questions about whether elearning might be a viable option to you. We’d be honored to give you whatever advice and insight we can.