Annual Meeting of the National Signals Consortium – Looking Toward eLearning and Training
Posted November 2020
If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s to be flexible. The annual meeting of the National Signals Consortium was definitely a practice in this also. Instead of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) from all around the country traveling to one of the 17 member locations and meeting for three days straight, six separate zoom meetings were held over the course of three months. To maximize participation, the Center not only offered all of these meetings at two different time slots to coincide with work shifts, but also hosted all materials (including recordings of the sessions) on a designated website.
Participation was high and discussion was lively. Beyond ensuring work plan related items were covered, specific care was taken to hold space for the informal discussions and sharing that are the immeasurable but magic part of the gatherings of this group.
Loose ends were wrapped up on the 2020 tasks of a searchable inventory of the specific technologies used at each location and refresher training for grade crossings, signaling systems and print reading. The group also prioritized tasks for 2021, which include two new and exciting areas: (1) interactive, computer-based troubleshooting scenarios and (2) training for Advanced Signal Technicians.
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