Government Learning Technology Symposium

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Symposium Overview

Uniquely focused on the needs of Federal Government distance learning professionals, this event provides a venue for us to make connections, discuss the latest developments, and identify new regulations and trends that affect our industry.


The GLTS includes two days of consecutive sessions featuring presentations on instructional design, cognitive science, gamification and game-based learning, video design for distance learning, LMS integration, 508 Accessibility Compliance, assistive technologies, and much more.


The FGDLA is also hosting its annual awards, recognizing Federal Government agencies and organizations for their excellence in distance learning.


Who Attends

Decision makers and professionals involved in recommending, selecting, implementing, and operating technology-based solutions for distance learning and performance support.


These government and military professionals are:


  • Education and training facilitators
  • Instructional designers and systems professionals
  • Training systems designers and developers
  • Job performance support professionals
  • Multimedia developers
  • Equipment operators
  • Courseware developers
  • Directors and managers


Why You Should Attend

Last year’s inaugural GLTS was a rousing success, bringing together our growing community of distance learning professionals in the Federal Government. Attendees came from all parts of the military and civilian agencies, corporate partners and many affiliated organizations. Our partnership with the Government Video Expo provides a chance to attend this exciting event, focused on the latest in media technologies for government users.


It’s free…no registration cost and your pass includes free access to the Government Video Expo exhibit hall, so don’t delay and register now. Register for the GLTS at Note: When you register, click on the button stating Free GV Expo Exhibit Hall/National Drone Show Pass.


GLTS offers multiple opportunities to network and confer with colleagues, senior professionals from government (federal & state civil service and military), industry, and academia, and with service suppliers face-to-face—opportunities not available any other way!


Meet with other Federal Government users to share best practices, find solutions, look for opportunities to collaborate and create strategic partnerships—continue collaboration throughout the year through the Federal Government Distance Learning Association’s ( These roundtables will be conducted as part of our scheduled sessions and will be moderated by Government practitioners. Special interest areas will include media selection, web conferencing, instructional design, cognitive science, gamification and game-based learning, interactive video applications, and the like.


GV Expo offers an extensive audio visual exhibit area provided by NewBay Media, publishers of Government Video magazine. There you can confer with solution providers and examine the latest products and technologies in the field. Last year, GV Expo had 112 exhibitors and registered attendance was over 4,600.




Time Room 150A Room 150B
9:00 – 9:50 AM Media Selection: A Distance Learning Primer: Part 1
Dr. Philip Westfall, Chairman, FGDLA BOD
Director, Defense Education & Training Network, and Director, Air Technology Network, Dept. of the Air Force
Ensuring Contracts Include Accessibility as Required by Section 508
Helen Chamberlain, Program Director, Government-wide Section 508, Office of Integration, Integrity, and Access, Office of Government-wide Policy.
Alex Koudry, Director, Center for Information Technology Access, General Services Administration (GSA)
10:00 – 10:50 AM Media selection: A Distance Learning Primer: Part 2
Dr. Philip Westfall, Chairman, FGDLA
Director, Defense Education & Training Network & Air Technology Network,
Dept. of the Air Force
Assistive Technologies (AT) and Distance Learning
Alex Koudry, Director, Center for Information Technology Access , GSA
11:00 – 11:50 AM NATO’s e-Learning Program and Vision
Salih Cem Kumsal
Training technologies Staff Officer
EIT Technology
NATO Allied Command Transformation
Pitfalls When Navigating the Complexities of a Distance Learning Organization
John F. Hemleben Ph.D.
Dean of Academics and Chair of the Distance Learning Coordination Committee, College of Distance Education, Marine Corps University
11:50 – 1:30 PM LUNCH ON YOUR OWN
1:30 – 2:20 PM The 21st Instructional Designer: Change Agent and Leader
Carla Lane, Ed.D. FGDLA VP Higher Education;
Tina Houareau, Ph.D., Capella University
Rolling Out iPads to the Instructors at the Federal Probation Pretrial Academy
Cindy Caltagiron, Program Specialist,
U. S. Courts
2:30 – 3:20 PM The Cognitive Science of Learning–Concepts and Misperceptions: Implications for Instructional Design
Dr. Jolly Holden, FGDLA Executive Director,
Associate Professor
Blackboard for Government: Technology Road Map
Greg Frederick, FGDLA VP Government Sector, Learning Technology Specialist,
Joint Forces Staff College, and David Palmer, Blackboard
3:30 – 5:00 PM Room 151A-User Groups/Roundtable Discussions and Networking Reception
Discussion topics: Learning Management Systems (LMS), Interactive TV, Instructional design, Gaming and Game-based learning, Media Selection, Cognitive Science, Medical Education
Reception to follow at 4:30pm. Attendees must have a GLTS/GVEXPO Registration badge



Time Room 150A Room 150B
9:00 – 9:50 AM Best Practices for Implementing Gamification in the Workplace-Part 1
Jonathan Peters, Ph.D.
Chief Motivation Officer
Challenges, Successes, and Lessons Learned: DCS, DCO, Face-to-Face Blended Learning/Training
Connie C. Morrow
Training Program Administrator, Diabetes Center of Excellence
Decypher Technologies, Inc.
10:00 – 10:50 AM Best Practices for Implementing Gamification in the Workplace-Part 2
Jonathan Peters, Ph.D.
Chief Motivation Officer
Utilizing the MIST to Provide Patient Education
Nina Watson
Outreach CDE, Medical Interservice Satellite Training (MIST) program

11:00 – 11:50 AM FBI OPTIC (Objectives, Policies, Tasks for Instructional Content)
J. Richard Kiper, Ph.D.
FBI Special Agent,
U.S. Dept. of Justice
Instructional Design Neurocognitive Strategies to Support Research Subjects with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): Current Research Topics
Mark Pettinato, Ph.D.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
11:50 – 1:30 PM LUNCH ON YOUR OWN
1:30 – 2:20 PM Leveraging Residential Training in Distance Learning
Tim Carrier, FGDLA BOD – Membership
Manager, Distance Education Team
Office of Legal Education, Executive Office for United States Attorneys
U.S. Department of Justice
xAPI Case Study Insights & Implementations in DoD
Nick Washburn
Director, Learning Division
Riptide Elements
2:30 – 3:20 PM A Distance Learning Training Remedy
Alex Autry, FGDLA President
Assistant Director and Chief of Instructional Quality, Air Technology Network at USAF; MIST Program Director
The Impact of The Internet of Things (IoT) & Video Content Management Systems (VCMS)
Randy Palubiak, FGDLA Treasurer
Enliten Management Group
3:30 – 4:20 PM Micro-learning: Menu of Learning Quick Bytes
Dr. Frances Kassinger
Training Manager, TEI Coach
Enterprise Business Solutions
Office of the CIO
U.S. Dept. of Treasury