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Introduction

VPS Academy is a cost effective way to scale up peer learning in government, by enabling effective self organisation of Academy participants regardless of their departments, teams and roles.

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VPS Academy

VPS Academy is an investment in capacity building, made through the VPS Innovation Strategy.

VPS Academy is a leading-edge initiative which is discovering the optimal approach for scaling up peer learning opportunities in the Victorian Government.

VPS Academy acts as a platform. It supports VPS employees to find one another based around shared interests and challenges and; to communicate, and engage in peer learning to solve the challenges they face day to day in a collaborative way.

This platform promises a cost effective way to scale up peer learning in government. Early signs show that the platform can enable effective self organisation of Academy participants regardless of their departments, teams and roles.

The Academy efficiently connects people who have wisdom and experiences to share, with those who need to tackle a problem or learn a new skillset, at the time they need it most. It’s strength is its ability to create an upward cycle of internal capability building and collaborative culture across the Victorian Government.

How to use this booklet

This booklet is useful for different audiences for different reasons. While it’s primary purpose is to support ongoing growth of VPS Academy through experimentation, it’s also useful to read to better understand some of the theory of change that underpins the approach.

1. Establishing our scope

In which we seek to discover who needs to be involved, what motivates them to be involved, how they interact with each other and the platform, in order to develop a coherent strategy for the platform design.

2. Building our infrastructure

The framework for building a peer learning academy, and what technology is involved in the building of a platform that follows the strategy developed in 'Establishing our scope'.

3. Leading experimental culture

Why experimental culture is vital for the development of a peer learning ecosystem, and a roadmap for careful experiment design to learn how to nurture a network of people who are actively engaged in peer learning.

Accessing the Academy

Marketing website

The VPS Academy has a 1 page marketing site that can be found here. This is consumer focused, and links people through to the Consumer on-boarding process.

VPS Academy platform

The VPS Academy is currently located at vps.peeracademy.com and can be accessed using the password peerlearning
Back-end access

The VPS Academy has been built with Webflow, the reasons detailing our infrastructure choices can be found here. You can find detailed instructions on how to gain access to and use Webflow to edit the platform in the toolkit here