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Educators & Trainers

The following learning and development programs are tailored to VA employees who serve as educators and trainers.


  • Moving VA forward, one person at a time

    Learning Leaders have many names throughout VA (DLOs, HR Managers, etc.) Powered by ADVANCE, VALU works with leaders like you to put effective change management in the forefront of our operations. As VA begins implementing steps to transform into a 21st century organization that is people-centric, results-driven and forward-looking, engaging change leaders is critical.VALU has developed a collection of Leadership and Change Programs that can be customized to meet the needs of your location. Please consult the fact sheets below for more information on these programs.
  • Skillsoft Courses

     

    Skillsoft course catalogs and other information  can now be accessed on the 24x7 Learning Tab of this website.

    Important Information from Skillsoft:

    Dear Valued Skillsoft Customer,

     We wanted to make you aware of new behavior users may be experiencing since the latest Oracle Java JRE updates.  After upgrading to JRE versions 1.7.0_55 or 1.8.0_05, users may be seeing the following additional warning message when launching some Java applets:

     This message is due to a change that Oracle made to the Java security model.  The user must click Allow, or the applet will be unable to communicate.  Additionally, the user may click the Do not show this again for this app and web site checkbox in order to suppress the message on future applet launches.

     The caller-allowable-codebase attribute was introduced in an earlier version of JRE 1.7.0 and it allows an applet to specify what domains are allowed to communicate with it.  Because our applets may be installed in either Skillsoft-hosted environments or customer/partner-hosted environments, we are unable to specify an explicit list of domains that are allowed to launch our applets.  Therefore, we specify the wildcard (*) so that the Player is allowed to communicate with any domain it is launched from.  Until JRE 1.7.0_51, this worked fine.  However, as of JRE 1.7.0_55 and JRE 1.8.0_05, Java will now prompt the user if an applet attempts to allow wildcard (*) as the value for the caller-allowable-codebase attribute. 

     Despite our best efforts to test with a pre-release version JRE 1.7.0_60, this new behavior was not discovered until the production versions of the JRE was released.  This behavior was also not present in the initial release of JRE 1.8, but was introduced with the latest 1.8.0_05 release.

     Skillsoft is investigating ways that we might suppress this additional prompt, but in the meantime, users will be required to click Allow in order for the applet to launch successfully. 

     We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience this may be causing to your users or your organization.

     Regards,

    Skillsoft Support

    Update to Skillsoft Courses (May 2013)

    In May 2013, an update to all web-based Skillsoft courses in the TMS was deployed. A short post-course evaluation will now be required for each Skillsoft course in order to receive your certificate of completion. These evaluations will gather user feedback to shape future training.

    If you did not complete the evaluation immediately following completion of the content, it will be available through your TMS To-Do list to complete later. You can find these evaluations either by changing your To-Do List view to “Show: Surveys” or by looking for the evaluation by title. Once you complete the short survey, the TMS will be updated with your certificate of completion.

    You will need to restart any Skillsoft course that was not completed before May 20.

  • VA Leadership Competencies