Contemporary learning design
At the APS Academy we design, develop, coordinate and facilitate learning solutions for the whole of the APS. But we don’t do this alone. We recognise the value of a networked, collaborative approach in driving more efficient and effective APS wide learning.
The combined contributions of APS practitioners, leaders and learning specialists ensure we provide APS employees access to quality learning and development. As Henry Ford once said, 'If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.'
Central to the APS Academy’s learning approach are the concepts of:
This is the practice of co-creating with stakeholders and end–users to ensure what we develop meets their needs. The establishment of the APS Academy itself, and many of the new programs we are launching, have been achieved through co-design and collaborative partnerships with a significant number of agencies, involving secretaries, Chief Operating Officers, L&D practitioners and craft experts. We’ve received valuable input and look forward to continuing to work collaboratively and to strengthen partnerships into the future.
- Practitioner-led learning
This means public servants who are experts in their field have a role to play at every stage of the learning solution, from design to delivery and evaluation. The Delivering Great Policy program has been built on this principle. More on that soon.
- Leveraging the best of what exists
We are not the only ones working to uplift capability. We will continue to identify excellent work that others are doing and partner with them to make it available to everyone.
To make this a reality we are establishing relationships at multiple levels with respected practitioners across the craft capabilities. These include:
- Establishing a Faculty to provide craft guidance at the most senior levels
- Engaging APS practitioners to contribute to the development of their craft and to co-design
- Building relationships with key agencies to understand which great products they have developed and how we can make them available to all APS employees
We are working to bring existing high-quality, practitioner-led learning programs into the Academy offering. Some early success stories include:
- Deliberative Engagement – a high quality practitioner-led program developed by the engagement experts at the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
- Human Centred Design 101 – a well-respected program from BizLab that’s transitioning to the APS Academy and will continue to be delivered by highly skilled and credible practitioners
We are also working with partners to develop and deliver exciting new learning programs, such as Delivering Great Policy. A collaboration between the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the APS Academy, this program will uplift professional policy skills across the APS. Delivering Great Policy includes self-paced e-learning, a toolkit, SES materials, expert secondments, alumni events and specialist policy craft courses including:
- Foundations training – a practical foundation in the basics of great policy advice. Designed for practitioners just starting out, Foundations training is delivered as four x three-hour modules, with follow up coaching
- Level UP! - a full day immersion, where experienced policy practitioners come together to share their expertise and experience, learn from each other, and be challenged to think more broadly about how best to approach policy issues
PM&C has co–designed Delivering Great Policy in partnership with over 300 people from across 17 agencies. We joined forces to pilot Level UP! with experienced policy officers from the Department of Education, Skills and Employment, and have an ambitious roll out plan to deliver the course to 1,500 experienced policy officers in all portfolios over the next 12 months.
This capability uplift will be a whole of service effort, with whole of service benefits. We are excited about this new way of working, and invite you to partner with us to build craft capability within your agency and across the APS.
If you have learning resources in your agency that we could use to lift APS capability, please contact APSAcademy@apsc.gov.au.