161 On Demand – How the Peace Corps Rapidly Upskilled eLearning Developers
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM PT
Monday, November 15
Learning 2021 on-demand sessions are recorded videos you can access starting at this date and time, and watch at your own convenience.
The COVID-19 crisis confronted the Peace Corps with the urgent need to develop training for volunteers and staff using virtual and blended approaches. With limited and varied levels of eLearning course development capacity across the organization, Peace Corps needed to rapidly scale-up. In this session, we’ll share the core principles of our successful strategy to train more than 600 personnel in virtual, blended e-learning course development. So far, three cohorts with participants in more than 50 countries have completed over 150 projects.
In this session, you will learn:
- How to successfully deliver virtual, blended training to a global audience
- How to train colleagues who are not instructional designers to design and develop effective e-learning
- How to scale a training program across a globally diverse organization
Ashley Acosta-Fox joined the Peace Corps’ Office of Staff Learning and Development in August 2020. From 2015-2020, she worked as an Instructional Designer at Johns Hopkins University’s Washington, D.C., campus, where she partnered with faculty to design and develop over 80 fully-online graduate-level courses and launched SAIS’s first fully-online master’s program. A true believer in the potential for online learning to build bridges and create opportunities, Ashley has logged over a decade of experience teaching in higher education. A computer fanatic from an early age, Ashley built and published her first website in 1996. She has earned master’s degrees in philosophy and education.
eLearning Systems Specialist
Peter Bergh is the system owner of the Peace Corps’ LMS (LearningSpace) and was the business lead in the re-deployment of Moodle across the agency. He has over 30 years of progressive and varied experience, in industry (director/CIO), government, and academia (dean) with well-known firms and brands. His experience covers the development and management of projects, business processes, websites, and systems that facilitate distance learning, marketing and strategic planning, organizational score-carding, commerce, information sharing, knowledge management, collaboration, customer service, and business process improvement.