From Leonardo Manning, Director, Center for Contracting

CLC 056 Update (Feb. 16, 2016)

The Contracting Center deployed an updated version of CLC 056, Analyzing Contract Costs. Student feedback from marginal Metrics that Matter (MtM) scores from the first quarter of FY16 prompted this update. CLC 056 is a lengthy module at 17.5 hours and covers complex pricing topics, including statistical analysis. Many learners are apprehensive upon learning they must successfully complete this module, which is required for CON Level II certification. Professor Renee Butler (CON Learning Center of Excellence for Pricing) and Professor Ray Ward (CON Learning Director) discussed the numerical ratings and learner comments. After consultation with the CON Center Director, they concluded that changes were needed to address learner concerns. Most apparent was the “loop” feature built into the module when originally developed. Although requiring the learner to “loop back” through all relevant lesson screens for any missed knowledge assessment questions can be an important learning tool, it can be very cumbersome when taking a 17.5 hour-long module. Another issue that learners expressed was the time required to view and listen to the many video/audio elements throughout the module.

Using the revision tool in DART, Professor Ward changed the settings and feedback wording for each of the 76 “challenge questions.” He also amended the instructions in the Introduction lesson to alert learners to this change and provided information on how learners can read the closed caption content instead of having to view the video elements. Eight very high-miss final exam questions were also updated, as learner frustration with unnecessarily difficult exam questions can lead to low MtM scores. Professors Butler and Ward will be monitoring the MtM scores and learner feedback over the next few quarters to determine if these changes are being positively received.

Defense Subcontract Management Course Re-deployed (CLC 001) (March 1, 2016)

I am pleased to announce that DAU has re-deployed CLC 001, Defense Subcontract Management Course , This new module is now available via the DAU iCatalog,

CLC 001 is a newly refreshed and updated continuous learning module that provides a comprehensive overview of the laws, government policies and regulations—including the Federal Acquisition Regulation and DFARS—that apply to subcontracts and subcontract management. The course addresses those subcontracting activities from the perspective of a program management office as it progresses through an acquisition that includes major subcontracts.

The module highlights the activities of supporting government offices and agencies, issues faced by prime contractors employing subcontractors, and issues faced by subcontractors themselves. CLC 001 also covers special topics related to subcontracting, to include contract clause flow-downs, pricing, disputes, payments, and terminations.

I encourage all contracting personnel to take this course to gain a greater awareness of the issues and concerns associated with subcontract management in the DoD.

ACQuipedia Links (March 22, 2016)

As part of DAU’s emphasis on Workflow Learning, 61 links to ACQuipedia articles were created within all 12 of Contracting’s distance learning courses and continuous learning modules required for DAWIA certification in Contracting. Professor Ray Ward used the revision tool in DART to create the 61 hyperlinks to 48 separate ACQuipedia articles, including articles from the Business, Contracting (including Property), Engineering and Technology, Life Cycle Logistics, and Program Management functional areas in ACQuipedia. Each distance learning course now has at least five links to articles, and each continuous learning module at least three. This project will result in improved learning outcomes by engaging the thousands of DAU learners who complete the 12 affected courses and modules every year, and will continue to reap benefits for years to come as these learners use ACQuipedia as a resource more effectively.

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