Information & Technology Services (ITS) is pleased to announce that ITS Academy can now be accessed via VPN (VIRTUAL PRIVATE NETWORK)! The ITS Academy is an internally hosted, training & development resource which provides engaging, video-based training for Technology Coordinators and advanced technology users within CPS. All courses are self-paced and provide post-level assessments, printable study guides and are NOW available 24/7!! These courses are available either as an alternative to face-to-face instruction or as a supplemental resource to build one’s human capital.
**If you don’t have VPN access, please download VPN Service Request Form **
What is the ITS Academy?
The ITS Academy is an internally hosted, training, and development resource that provides engaging, video-based training for all ITS staff and advanced technology users within CPS. All courses are self-paced, provide post-level assessments and printable study guides, and are available 24/7. These courses are available either as an alternative to face-to-face instruction or as a supplemental resource.
Benefits of the ITS Academy
Provides engaging multimedia content anytime, anywhere
Addresses various technical and professional needs
Serves CPS employees’ training and professional development needs in a cost-effective manner
Supplies training modules that are self-paced and time-effective, by displaying content in separate modules.
Resides behind a CPS firewall, so users can log on securely using their CPS user ID and password.
Provides content that can help staff members prepare for various industry certification exams and/or expand skill sets.
Tracks courses through a built-in Learning Management System (LMS) (via the administrator).
Aligns to the CPS core strategies by 1) Increasing Literacy (technology) 2) Improving Human Capital 3) Expanding Learning Opportunities
How to Begin
· Step 1: Go to http://itsacademy.cps.k12.il.us
· Step 2: Enter your CPS username and password (to reset your password visit https://password.cps.k12.il.us)
· Step 3: Under the “Student Tools” section, select “View Available Courses.” You may want to consult with your principal or department head to discuss training options that align with your performance evaluation and support your day-to-day responsibilities. In some instances, your manager (Victor Herrera) may bundle together courses for you to take; your principal or department head may feel that they will increase your human capital and further support your school’s projects/programs.
· Step 4: Once you have identified your training course(s), select the “E-mail Course Request” link found under the “Student Tools” section. Highlight the course(s) that you would like to take or have been requested to take, select the appropriate training manager (Victor Herrera) to the right, and click the “Send” button at the bottom of the screen. Please provide your principal’s or department head’s name in the comment box as well as a brief justification for the request. An e-mail request will be sent to the training manager and then forwarded to your principal or department head for approval to release the course. You should receive an e-mail confirmation within 48 hours of your request.
For more information regarding the ITS Academy, please contact Victor Herrera, TechCrew Program Coordinator, at 773-553-6670 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
*The ITS Academy content, used in isolation, does not guarantee a passing score on any industry certification exam. It is highly recommended that supplemental study guides and/or instruction accompany these modules when preparing for any formal exams.