Magazine article Talent Development

From Past to Present: Thousands of Paper Training Materials Were Converted to Digital Formats to Help Correctional Officers Learn in the Best Way Possible

Magazine article Talent Development

From Past to Present: Thousands of Paper Training Materials Were Converted to Digital Formats to Help Correctional Officers Learn in the Best Way Possible

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The following story was told by Chris Grewe, founder and CEO of American Prison Data Systems, and Mark Gross, founder and CEO of Data Conversion Laboratory.

CLIENT

American Prison Data Systems (APDS)

OPPORTUNITY

For a long time, the corrections industry has been decidedly low-tech. Training materials for correctional officers are often available only as print documents; as it turns out, many of the huge technological leaps made by the talent development field during the past few years have passed the corrections industry by. For instance, New York City Department of Corrections Officer Academy trainees would have to carry around large binders, which were unwieldy and, of course, difficult to update. APDS, whose mission is to improve correctional facilities, felt it was time to digitize its training materials.

DIAGNOSIS

APDS partnered with the Data Conversion Laboratory to make the change, which until that point was almost unheard of in the industry. The two organizations began working to digitize training materials for the NYC DOC Officer Academy, beginning with a deep dive into the old-school content APDS had previously provided. The digitization wouldn't only get rid of those cumbersome binders, which would hold thousands of pages for each trainee; it also would make the training content more secure and easier to distribute.

METHODS

In 2015, after the two organizations analyzed the old training materials, they worked on a plan to convert the content into APDS's proprietary learning management system. …

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