James Backus

Senior Training Advisor, Office of Partner Engagement, Defense Intelligence Agency

Retired/100 percent disabled Veteran with 38+ years of ever-increasing levels of responsibility and proven success in counterintelligence, law enforcement, security operations, and training program management and instruction. Work experience spans field operations; headquarters training, policy oversight, development and implementation; and Department of Defense (DoD) level Program Management. Able to lead, plan, manage, and execute from field unit to DoD level. Frequently published author.

11:00 - 11:45 AM ET

Wednesday Nov. 18

Supporting Training During Pandemics

The Coronavirus Pandemic likely questioned all conventional thinking on training and education. Instructor-led training either shut down completely or struggled to maintain social distancing. Virtual training, while seemingly more appropriate for pandemic learning, also confronted change where social distancing in a shared classroom was required, instructors scrambled to set up and learn new technologies, or found their classrooms invaded by bombers.

In this session, you will discover the creative solutions required to support workforces during the pandemic. You will explore the specific ways the Coronavirus disrupted training. You will examine strategies needed to support works shift to telework. You will leave this session with ideas that will help you be ready for the next major disruption to work.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How the Coronavirus impacted training
  • Creative methods employed to continue training
  • How we can be ready for the next Pandemic, National Emergency, or other situation causing deviation from status quo
  • How leveraging other sources can fill the void