Employee Development is one of the key factors to recruiting and retaining a high-performing workforce. An enterprise learning management system (LMS) along with shared e-learning services helps contribute to USDA’s employee development needs. USDA’s Agriculture Learning (AgLearn) provides a common centralized LMS and e-learning services that enable USDA to maximize the return on taxpayer investment.
AgLearn is USDA’s system for managing training records and other training activities. AgLearn supports approximately 140,000 United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) users and 7 external Federal agency partners. Mission Areas, agencies, and staff offices use AgLearn to find, enroll, record, and report on all training activities. AgLearn has a robust, accessible, and secure environment to accommodate approximately 140,000 end users, 2,000 administrators and 30 unique agencies.
Since its inception in 2004, AgLearn has provided training to more than 400,000 users and processed approximately 18 million online course completions. AgLearn supports 7 external Federal agency clients: Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Division of Grants Workforce, U.S. AbilityOne Commission (AbilityOne), Equal Employee Opportunity Commission (EEOC), U.S, Agency for Global Media (USAGM), Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM), Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB), and Peace Corps.
Powered by Totara Talent Experience Platform and hosted on AWS GovCloud (US), AgLearn provides an industry leading learning platform. AgLearn partners with external vendors such as LinkedIn Learning, Skillsoft, Dmason Financial, and Rosetta Stone to provide high-quality eLearning content to USDA employees and external partners. A list of all external vendor partners is included in Appendix D in the attached PDF.
AgLearn resides the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), Digital Infrastructure Services Center (DISC) organizational structure. AgLearn utilizes DISC resources to manage agreements and contracts.
AgLearn Mission, Vision and Strategic Goals
To begin establishing the AgLearn 5-year Strategic Plan, AgLearn Federal and contract staff held strategic planning sessions in September 2022. The outcome of the planning session was a refined mission, vision, as well as three strategic goals. AgLearn’s three strategic goals nicely align with four of the USDA IT Strategic Goals1. AgLearn also aligns with Goal 6 in the USDA Strategic Plan FY2022 – 2026: Attract, Inspire, and Retain an Engaged and Motivated Workforce that’s Proud to Represent USDA.
AgLearn strives to be the central, collaborative training environment for USDA’s dynamic workforce. With robust training tools that are accessible, flexible, and user-friendly, AgLearn aims to deliver high-quality professional and personal learning opportunities.
Build awareness and change the perception of AgLearn from being about mandatory training to being a one-stop shop for employees’ personal and professional development.
Note: For more detailed information about AgLearn’s Strategic Plan, please view the attached PDF entitled, AgLearn Strategic Business Plan Fiscal Years 2023-2027.