A collection of resources from our TOC Community to help with the current crisis. Check back often to find new entries.

The Federal Academic Alliance
2020 FED GOV Virtual Education Fair
Date: November 10, 2020
Time: 9AM – 6PM EST

Please join us for an interactive virtual event where you will have the opportunity to meet representatives from some of the Federal Academic Alliance schools. To register for the fair, please visit https://fedgovedfair.vfairs.com/en.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) created the Federal Academic Alliance in 2014 to assist the federal government in addressing critical skills gaps. Today, the alliance has grown to include 17 colleges and universities from across the country. Each of these schools offers benefits to federal employees, spouses, and dependents to advance their education. The alliance provides higher educational opportunities to the federal workforce by providing current federal employees with the opportunity to pursue post-secondary education at reduced tuition rates. This program is a benefit that federal employees can take advantage of at their own pace to pursue or enhance their higher academic education. Some of the agreements extend the benefits to spouses and legal dependents.

Alliance schools hosting a booth at this education fair:

  • Catholic University
  • Champlain College
  • Colorado State University Global
  • Excelsior College
  • Georgetown University
  • Park University
  • Penn State University
  • University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC)
  • University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
  • University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business

More Resources

Cornerstone Convergence! On Sep. 16-17, connect with the brightest minds in the HR industry at the all-new, all-virtual, all-free Cornerstone Convergence, a shared virtual experience with the newly expanded Cornerstone community for plenty of learning, connection, and fun. You can attend nearly 50 sessions, across two time zones, from industry speakers and surprise guests. Best of all, it’s free.

Training Industry (publisher of Training Industry Magazine) has curated a list of free training products and services companies in our industry are now offering.

Cornerstone Cares (Cornerstone OnDemand) a free website with consolidated data and information surrounding COVID-19, prevention of infection, as well as options for making the most of working remotely.

TurningPoint Web. Turning Technologies is offering free 60-day licenses to TurningPoint Web for TOC Registrants. TurningPoint Web can be extremely helpful in engaging learners and providing documentation of results if virtual training is being done during this crisis. It can also help with collaboration and decision-making during virtual meetings. Follow https://www.turningtechnologies.com/turningpoint/turningpoint-web/ for some ideas on how TurningPoint Web can help, and contact fellow TOC Registrant Greg Alexander galexander@turningtechnologies.com to get your license activated.

Government Technology magazine. A Resource Guide to Coronavirus for Government Leaders. The novel coronavirus has tested the durability of federal, state and local governments around the country and the world. This list of resources is meant to connect leaders with useful tools to aid in response efforts.

Management Concepts blog. “Remaining Productive During the Pandemic.” Explore some practical ways we can keep things moving in the right direction. Our friends at Management Concepts have compiled all of our timely resources (webinar links, blogs, virtual courses, etc.) on this page: https://www.managementconcepts.com/About-Us/Other/Resource-Library (Updated 8 April 2020)

Concerning Learning’s Deadra Welcome has a series of tools and thought exercises for trainers tasked with moving their content online. Read through The New Normal for Trainers and check out her New Normal Toolkit.

Team Results USA’s John Kolm reminds us: “Real leadership is about reducing uncertainty so that the wild swings between highest hopes and deepest fears ease a little, and the race to the bottom in panic levels is arrested.”
Read his full post here on LinkedIn Pulse, or this PDF version if you can’t access LinkedIn.

Write & Speak Like the News‘s Hank Wallace advises, “Especially in a crisis, lead with the future — not background.” At hankwallace.com/crisis-communication.html , see (1) why leading with background often compounds a crisis, (2) 5 reasons conventional business writing and speaking, even in a crisis, usually bury the lead and (3) crisis journalism that responsibly leads with the future — not background — about Hurricane Katrina, 9/11 and President Kennedy’s assassination.

Coronavirus Sanity Guide from 10 Percent Happier, as recommended by TOC’s own Shanda Adams. In times like these, we need practical, actionable ways of coping with stress, fear, and anxiety. The meditations, podcasts, blog posts, and talks on this page will help you build resilience and find some calm amidst the chaos. We’re adding more resources as they’re created – so keep checking back.

Responding Together to COVID-19. From our friends at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), these learning resources were designed for frontline workers who do not have the option to work from home and need guidance on how to work safely while mitigating the spread of COVID-19. The resources are available on mobile devices and are designed to be completed in approximately 15-20 minutes. Derilene McCloud from SNHU encourages you to share these with all employees or persons who could benefit from the learning.

George Washington University is launching a series of virtual meet-ups called Co-VITA19 Social Medicine: Mobilizing Community Wellbeing through Leadership Conversations to help our communities at this difficult time. Check in to find out what’s next on the program. (Updated 6 April 2020).

TOC’s Laniera Jones shares the news that online course giant Coursera is offering free courses: “To help our community during this critical time, we’re launching new, free resources, as well as surfacing interesting course collections, community discussions, and expert interviews. We’ll continue to update this list with new resources as we have them—stay tuned!” See the full list of courses.

From Tech for Learners, this is web-enabled search for products and services offered by EdTech companies. Are you looking for a specific tool to meet a need? Search by numerous categories to discover what products and services are provided to help you meet your learning and teaching needs for schools, districts, states, universities, the workforce, families, and learners.

John Riordan , a TOCAI20 presenter, offers these tips for remote teams, including Videoconference Tips, 10 Ways to Successfully Manage Virtual Teams, and his 3 Keys in a Crisis workbook which helps teams figure out what to focus on, how to stay connected and what tools to use.

Susan Stinson reminds us that George Mason University Continuing and Professional Education courses are being delivered in virtual formats for the next few months. We are fully operational and ready to support your training and development needs. Click here to see all of the programs currently running in this new virtual format.

CEEK (through October 2019 program speaker Steve Wiley) is offering a free webinar series on Defining and Sustaining a Values-Based Culture in the Midst of Crisis. Over the next seven weeks, starting April 15, CEEK’s free webinar series will share and explore their methodology for the development and application of an Intentional Culture Plan. Click here for more information and to book your spot.

Team Results USA’s CEO John Kolm is continuing their Creating Persuasive Work Teams webinar series on Wednesday, April 29th. This webinar focuses on how a work team can be convincing and persuasive to stakeholders.  This is all the harder when so many meetings and discussions are now being held remotely and over the same few platforms – teams need to be more persuasive than ever. More information and sign up for the full series here.

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