UPDATE: Learning Management System (LMS) Pilot Program


On February 8, 2019, our Union met with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to discuss the implementation of a pilot program of a new Learning Management System (LMS) operated from State and Inmate owned JPay tablets at five (5) institutions.

These institutions include:

  1. California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility (SATF)
  2. California Institution for Women (CIW)
  3. Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF)
  4. High Desert State Prison (HDSP)(C yard only)
  5. Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP)(C yard only)


The LMS pilot program is anticipated to operate for approximately two years after which time the department may determine a full implementation at all 35 adult institutions.

Some of the major details from the negotiations include the following:

  • This pilot will involve approximately 75 teachers and the intent of the pilot is to provide a supplement to the curriculum, not a mandatory requirement for use.
  • The LMS will contain three levels of educational course content including:
  • Informational - Links to materials such as suicide prevention, Prop 57 explanation, Dealing with anxiety, etc.
  • eLearning courses - Three courses available to students through DRP-TV channels, with limited face-to-face interactions with teachers.
  • Supplemental Courses and Content - Content designed to supplement existing ABE, ASE, Post-Secondary Education, Continuing Education Programs and HSE.
  • CDCR does not anticipate any workload changes for the impacted employees due to this pilot.
  • Members should make note of any changes in work product and workload during this pilot period.