By now many of us have heard about online learning or eLearning. As we shift to a more digital world it is important to use digital technology to its greatest strength. eLearning by definition is simple. Online learning is a way of utilizing electronic technology to access a specific educational curriculum outside of the traditional classroom/workshop environment. This can refer to a single course or an entire degree. In most cases, online courses live on a Learning Management System (LMS). An LMS not only delivers educational training courses to a user but is also used to organize documentation, user tracking, course reports, and administrative duties of the curriculum. Many businesses have started to use an LMS to deliver human resource training to all their employees in a quick and more efficient manner. Instead of having to get everyone into a training room, businesses can now set up reoccurring trainings for employees to take at their own convenience. Having educational materials available online helps us to better identify future trainings and find learning gaps. This data helps maintain relevant trainings and consistent information.
How do I sign up?
- Go to https://rockymountainada.talentlms.com/catalog/index
- Search the course catalog to see all available trainings
- Select SIGNUP in the upper right corner
- Enter a first name, last name, and email address
- Create a username and password
- Select create account
Now you are in and signed up. There is no need to verify anything, you can jump straight into the trainings. You can add or drop a training at any time. All our online learning is self-paced and broken into bite sizes chunks of learning. Once each section is complete there is a small quiz that is usually anywhere from 10-15 questions. These questions represent an overview of the course. At any time, if you are having difficulty navigating or having difficulty advancing, you can contact us through the LMS site under messages.
What courses are there?
Currently we have sixteen trainings related to accessibility and ADA topics. These range from overview information about specific Titles to how to ensure your social media is accessible to everyone. Our most popular training takes a deep dive into disability awareness and etiquette. Many people interact with people with disabilities every day. The disability awareness course gives a detailed orientation and understanding of the magnitude of the disability community. This course addresses topics such as understanding the proper language to use when addressing people with disabilities and etiquette considerations. Most of our courses are usually completed in one to two hours. They are designed to give the learner a level understanding of the topic. There are tools given throughout each course that can add value and understanding around creating a more accessible world.
Navigating a course
Once you have signed up and added a training from the catalog you can move to the main layout page for the training. While on this page you can select the start course button or click on the first available module under the content section. Each course is set up in chronological order and all units completed to receive a certificate of completion.
Each of our courses will give a learner a certificate of completion that certifies they have taken the course. Under the ADA Coordinator Training Certification (ACTCP) you need elective credits in addition to the foundation credits for the approved in person trainings to maintain your certification. Each of our online trainings counts towards the elective credits only, not the foundation credits. Our online courses are designed to accompany the information provided in the foundation level trainings. Our courses also count towards the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) recertification program. This means our courses align with the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge based off the SHRM Competency Model outlining the content in the certification examinations.
Get the most out of our training
- Understand online learning – not an easier way to learn but holding yourself accountable similar to an in-person training will help you get the most information.
- Have a quiet area with a reliable internet connection – an area you can dedicate training time with little distractions.
- Know the learning objectives and goals before starting the course – is this training going to be for you? Develop an understanding of your skill level and the level of the course.
- Stay motivated and ask for help when you need it – learning should be fun. If you need to interact or talk to someone to learn about something feel free to reach out to the Rocky Mountain ADA Center. We have plenty of knowledgeable staff who can answer your questions or research and look into getting you the best possible information available. Stay tuned, as new courses are often added.