State of Nevada Trainings Online Benefit Rural Employees

The State of Nevada requires employees to take mandatory training courses upon employment and retake them every few years. The courses had to be completed using specific state computers or by attending in-person classes.

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Much of Nevada is rural, and therefore it was difficult for rural county employees to complete the trainings. Seeing a need, Vicki Jones, a University of Nevada Cooperative Extension employee, wanted easier access for county employees. Jones worked with the Nevada Department of Personnel to get the department’s Moodle-based training courses duplicated on eXtension at http://campus.extension.org/.

Now all of Nevada’s Cooperative Extension employees as well as all employees of Nevada’s higher-education institutions have online access to the trainings.

Each of the state’s 10 institutions currently using these courses is provided a unique enrollment key. Nevada administrators can create reports for individual institutions. Each institution receives a quarterly report of those who have completed final exams for the various courses and received a certificate of completion.

Nevada has eight of these training courses on eXtension’s website. There have been more than 4,000 certificates issued since 2010.

Nevada’s organizational training courses are specifically for State of Nevada employees, but there are likely components of these courses that would apply to employees of almost any institution.

For information about how Moodle might contribute to your educational efforts, contact the eXtension Moodle help desk at moodlehelp@extension.org. You may also contact Chad Waters at University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, watersc@unce.unr.edu, for additional information about the Nevada courses.