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88 APPENDIX E Additional Resources ORGANIZATIONS This is a website that provides resources, research, a com- munity of practice, and other information and events for Many of the organizations listed here have research and pub- those interested in e-learning issues. lications that are available without charge. Most also have a membership fee, which then provides access to a much broader range of research, publications, and member services. This website provides a list of a number of public profes- American Council on Education sional organizations with a state government focus and serves as the on-line supplement to's state The American Council on Education website has a wide vari- and local government sourcebook. ety of resources, including a Center for Policy Analysis that conducts research and analysis on education issues and an Human Resources Institute (HRI) excellent set of on-line resources including a library of white papers and other research on distance learning. Although the HRI is a consortium of several hundred private-sector firms focus is primarily higher education, much of the research on that pool their resources to conduct research on human learning is applicable to the practical applications useful to resource issues that are expected to confront organizations state departments of transportation (DOTs). several years in the future. It is a wonderful resource for iden- tifying future issues of concern to organizations. American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) International Society for Performance Improvement ASTD is the most prominent of the professional organiza- tions for continuous learning information. ASTD is also a This organization focuses on human performance technol- source of information about on-line or e-learning. ogy and workplace performance. It provides highly regarded training courses, has established a variety of American Society for Human Resources Management related communities of practices, and makes available (SHRM) research and other resources for training professionals and others interested in human performance technology issues SHRM is the best of the professional organizations dealing and practices. with private-sector human resources issues. They have a wonderful research department that does cutting edge human National Academy of Public Administration resource research. The Academy's Center for Human Resources Management Brookings Institute is one of the best of the nonprofit organizations doing research on public-sector human resource issues. This site The Bookings Institute is a nonprofit organization that has a also provides access to general management studies, envi- wealth of research and knowledge about public policy issues, ronmental studies, organization performance improvement including human resources management. studies, and the like. Cranfield University School of Management National Association of Government Training and Development Cranfield is a leading British university that has cutting-edge research on international human resources issues. This organization is a source of information for federal, state, and local training and development professionals to learn Council for Excellence in Government about what is occurring nationwide and to locate or validate best practices. Works to improve the performance of American government and government's place in the lives and esteem of U.S. National Association of State Personnel Executives citizens and others around the world. (NASPE) E-Learning Guild The NASPE is the professional organization of state Directors of Human Resources. This site provides excellent research and

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89 information on human capital issues of interest to state Sloan Consortium governments. The Sloan Consortium is a consortium of institutions and Organization of Economic Cooperation organizations "committed to quality on-line learning." It and Development (OECD) publishes The Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks and the Sloan-C series of books about on-line education. The OECD is a leading researcher on international human resources issues around the world. U.S. Department of Education The U.S. Department of Education has an extensive elec- Partnership for 21st Century Skills tronic library of education research and statistics, including a significant number of articles on e-learning. The Partnership for 21st Century Skills is an advocacy orga- nization that identifies and advocates the integration of U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) certain skill areas needed for the 21st century. Although their focus is broader than the workplace, the database on 21st The GAO is the U.S. government's auditor. It provides century skills and their publications is useful for the practi- reports on agency and program performance. It is an excel- cal applications needed by state DOTs. lence source of information on human capital management, organizational and individual performance management, Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) metrics, and similar topics. The CCL is an international, nonprofit educational institu- U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) tion. Through our research, it is developing models of man- agerial practice. The GSA is a U.S. government agency that leads the gov- ernment's telework and mobile office research and best Conference Board practices. It also provides information about technology needed to establish telework and mobile offices. The Conference Board creates and disseminates knowledge about management and the marketplace to help businesses U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) strengthen their performance and better serve their cus- tomers. It also provides information on consumer confi- The OPM is the U.S. federal government's central human dence, leading economic indicators, and the Consumer capital management authority. The website has information Confidence Index. on every human capital management topic.