[Jtgrantees] FW: February 20 DOL/ DoE "Virtual Listening Session" on the Development of an Online Skills Academy

Hanne, Glo ghanne at eicc.edu
Wed Feb 18 11:47:15 EST 2015


Glo Hanne
HMTRI, ATEEC / Eastern Iowa Community Colleges
201 N. Harrison Street, Suite 101
Davenport, IA 52801
563.441.4080 fax

From: Thompson, Kevin - ETA [mailto:Thompson.Kevin at dol.gov]
Sent: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 10:36 AM
Subject: February 20 DOL/ DoE "Virtual Listening Session" on the Development of an Online Skills Academy

FYI.  Excerpts from today's FEDERAL REGISTER notice on the "virtual listening session" to be held on Friday, February 20, 2015 appear below.
Click here<http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-18/pdf/2015-03208.pdf> for the full notice.

In preparation for launching the Online Skills Academy described in the Administration's ``Ready to Work: Job-Driving Training and American Opportunity''<http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/skills_report_072014_2.pdf> report, the Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration is hosting a virtual listening session to solicit information and public input concerning the development of an Online Skills Academy. This listening session will be hosted in partnership with the Department of Education.

The virtual listening session will take place on Friday, February 20, 2015, and will begin at 2:00 p.m. and is scheduled to end by 4:00 p.m.

The session will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to provide their comments and suggestions and engage in a national dialogue regarding the implementation of this priority funding. Topics to be addressed:

*         Technology-enabled and online learning, including use of open platforms

*         Accelerated career pathways leading to industry-recognized credentials in in-demand fields

*         Contextualized learning

*         Online and technology enabled assessment tools, including competency-based and open access assessments

*         Use of local labor market information and employer engagement in identification of in-demand skills and credentials

Draft Agenda for the February 20, 2015 Listening Session

Welcome and Introductions--2:00 p.m. ET to 2:20 p.m. ET

Portia Wu, Assistant Secretary of Employment and Training, U.S. Department of Labor

TBD, U.S. Department of Education

Overview of Online Skills Academy Vision and Required Components--2:20 p.m. ET to 2:30 p.m. ET

Open Comment Period--2:30 p.m. ET to 4:00 p.m. ET

     Topic #1--Online Education and Learning

     Topic #2--Open Educational Resources and Open Platforms

     Topic #3--Training Unemployed Workers and Non-traditional Learners

     Topic #4--Developing Career Pathways in High-Demand Sectors

     Topic #5--Developing Assessments

The agenda will be strictly followed; participants may attend all or part of the listening session as relevant. The updated agenda will be posted on the Online Skills Academy Web site at http://www.doleta.gov/skillsacademy in advance of the listening session.


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