of OGE’s top priorities is training agency ethics officials to carry out the
mission of the executive branch ethics program. Our training team is always working
to develop innovative new ways to deliver high quality training to the greatest
number of ethics officials at the lowest possible cost. I am excited to tell
you about the team’s latest experiment with a new training format: a Massive
Open Online Course or MOOC.
used by our training team, the term MOOC applies to a course that OGE presents
live, online, and free of charge to a virtually unlimited number of students.
After the live presentation, OGE leaves a recorded version of the course online
for additional students to view in the future.
format enables OGE to reach a broader audience and makes OGE’s work more
transparent to the public than ever before.
During the live broadcasts, this new format allows students to pose
questions both verbally over phone lines and in writing on social media.
Mindful that practice makes perfect, our training team delivers an active
learning experience by incorporating exercises between MOOC sessions so that
students can practice what they learn.
in the early stages of this experiment, initial results have been very
encouraging. More than 200 executive branch ethics officials registered for OGE’s
first two MOOC presentations on June 16 and June 23. Feedback from
participants has been enthusiastic, and members of our training team are
looking forward to incorporating suggestions for refining their online
presentations and use of the technology.
you are an agency ethics official or an interested member of the public, check
out OGE’s MOOCs and other distance learning courses on our Google+ Page.