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Cooperative Agreement - The Learning Professional: Curriculum Conversion, and Development of a Training for Trainers (T4T)

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8 Apr 2021

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under Fiscal Year 2021 Learning and Performance Initiative. Work completed under this cooperative agreement will result in the conversion of curriculum from Instructor Led Training (ILT) to Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT), and the development of a virtual train the trainer curriculum for NIC’s Academy Division. This course will be used to build competency and capacity in the field of corrections in learning and performance.

Goals
The goal of this project is to convert The Learning Professional face to face curriculum into a virtual training program and design/build The Learning Professional Training for Trainers using a research-based learning design framework in order to improve the effectiveness of the learning delivery as well as to create consistency in the layout, design of course materials, preparation, and facilitation of live VILT deliveries.

Objectives
1. Participate in a kick-off project team using NIC’s virtual instructor led platform, and clarifying the deliverables, work products, and time frames for this project.
2. Consult with the Academy initiative team leader for each of the identified curricula to gain understanding of the history, purpose, and objectives of each course to be audited.
3. Conduct a comprehensive audit of the instructional materials for the courses, comparing each to a list of research-based standards and practices for ILT and VILT adult learning design: specifically, the NIC Course Design Audit Checklist.
4. Identify items of non-compliance from each audit and formulate recommendations for revision of the design, format, and layout of instructional materials for all courses.
5. Consult with the Academy initiative team leader on the recommended revisions and draft a revision plan for work to be completed on each course.
6. Complete all work identified in the revision plan for each course and submit draft course materials to the Academy team leader for review and approval.
7. Complete any additional edits and/or revisions to draft materials as necessary and submit the final draft of course materials for the two courses.

Deliverables
1. Design Audits which should include completed Course Design Audit Checklists with auditor notes for each of the courses.
2. Course Conversion
a. Conversion plans that identify work to be done in the design, format, and layout for the Learning Professional.
b. First draft course materials package for The Learning Professional that includes the following materials:
    i. Course overview
    ii. Course evaluation plan
    iii. Module overview(s) (if modules are a component of the course)
    iv. Lesson plan(s) including all presentation visuals (PPT slides), participant learning materials/guide, and facilitator guide
    v. Recommended faculty preparation strategies, any needed credentialing and / or certifications, e.g. certified virtual facilitation mastery.
3. Final Drafts which should include the following materials:
   i. Course overview
   ii. Course evaluation plan
   iii. Module overview(s) (if modules are a component of the course)
   iv. Lesson plan(s) including all presentation visuals (PPT slides), participant learning materials/guide, and facilitator guide
   v. Recommended Faculty qualifications and certifications.
4. Project Narrative which should include a comprehensive project summary report that includes a narrative description of the project including background, purpose, objectives, and results.

Deadline

Applicants must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting an application. NIC encourages applicants to register several weeks before the application submission deadline. In addition, NIC urges applicants to submit applications 72 hours prior to the application due date. All applications are due to be submitted and in receipt of a successful validation message in Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 31, 2021

 

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