Self-Paced Online Courses

Self-Paced Online Courses

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About the NRS Online Courses 

The NRS support project developed nine (9) online courses for adult education practitioners to learn about NRS and WIOA requirements and strategies to improve NRS data quality and use. Since it is not always possible to attend training in person, these courses are designed to offer flexibility and convenience.  NRS  online courses are offered through the Moodle learning management platform.  Please find links to the right to either (a) create a new log-in to access the courses for the first time, or to (b) enter your established log-in information so you can continue working on a course you have started or continue to take other courses within the course catalog.  Also to the right, find guidance for professional development staff to assist practitioners in the best use of the online courses.

Who Is Eligible to Take an NRS Online Course?

The online training courses are designed for state adult education staff and local adult education program administrators and staff.

What Will I Learn From NRS Online Courses?

You will learn about NRS and WIOA requirements and how to improve the quality of NRS data collection and usage. You also will become familiar with the development and purpose of the NRS.

Course Short Description Time Commitment

Measuring Performance Under WIOA

This course is designed as a brief introduction to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) indicators of performance and reporting in the National Reporting System. The course describes the indicators of performance and also covers the NRS reporting tables.  

Approximately 30-45 minutes

NRS Data Use Guide Training

Learn how to use your NRS data for program improvement through this online course based on the Guide to Using NRS Data for Program Management and Improvement. This eight-part online course will walk you through the information provided in the data use guide. The course is designed to follow a sequence in which each new section builds upon the previous; however, users may choose to take any lessons within the course at any time.

75 to 105 minutes

NRS Data Flow

After completing this course, you should have a comprehensive understanding of each level of the NRS.

10 to 15 minutes

NRS Data Dashboards

This course reviews how to use data dashboards to summarize and present NRS data and other information that you need to make decisions, understand challenges, and highlight progress toward your organization’s goals.

2 to 3 hours

NRS Data Systems

This course presents the key steps for planning and implementing a data system that can be used for years to come.

Approximately 1 hour

Developing Report Cards for Adult Education

Learn to develop your own state or local report card in this four-part self-directed course based on the NRS Guide Demonstrating Results: Developing State and Local Report Cards for Adult Education.

Approximately 80 minutes to 105 minutes

Using NRS Data

Gain an understanding of how to use NRS data and learn basic techniques for using NRS data to assist in the analysis of educational program data.

10 to 15 minutes

Learning to Be an NRS Data Detective

This seven-part course includes a variety of readings and tools that illustrate the art of being a data detective and using data to monitor performance, understand programs, and plan and evaluate program improvement efforts.

3 to 5 hours

NRS Myth Busters

Offers a detailed model and approach to assist state and local adult education programs in using their NRS data to “bust” common myths and conduct research related to adult education students, teachers, or programs.

Approximately 140 minutes to 180 minutes

Facilitated Online and Blended Courses

Facilitated online courses are offered each year through the NRS support project for state teams and individuals. These courses are multi-week asynchronous courses guided by NRS project staff and other experts. State directors must nominate and approve staff to participate in these facilitated and project-based learning experiences.

Blended training includes both an online component and face-to-face events with other practitioners. The online portion of these trainings are asynchronous, allowing individuals and teams to participate at their own pace. State teams must apply to participate in these trainings. State teams are always selected and approved by the state director.


Training Resources

Face to Face Training

NRS Course Catalog (PDF, 949KB)

NRS Product Showcase (PDF, 3386KB)