The Army Distributed Learning Program
What is it?
The mission of The Army Distributed Learning Program (TADLP) is to improve readiness by the delivery of standardized individual, collective, and self-development training to Soldiers and units anytime and anyplace.
What has the Army done?
The focus of TADLP is to maintain readiness, provide training, and support training transformation and Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN) requirements. The following are its primary components:
- Courseware - One of the TADLP objectives is to redesign 525 resident-based courses as distributed-learning courses by 2010. As of November 2006, 405 courses had received funding for redesign, and redesigns of 200 of these have been completed. Additionally, some 4,600 distributed-learning products covering a variety of subjects are in the Reimer Digital Library, the digital repository for all Army distributed-learning products.
- Technological infrastructure - In 2007, approximately 350,000 students were trained in digital training facilities. Hours of training for the current fiscal year exceed 209,000.
- Classroom Twenty-One - Classroom Twenty-One is a Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) program that modernizes and maintains 270 resident classrooms across 16 Army installations through FY14, thereby providing instructors with an appropriate digital platform for training. Classroom Twenty-One infrastructure delivers digital training from the training center to remote locations.
- The Army Learning Management System (ALMS) - The ALMS provides powerful technology that permits the Army to manage individual training in traditional institutional settings as well as in distributed forums. The system is a combination of tools used to assist in the delivery of resident, blended, and self-development training. The Department of the Army has mandated that the ALMS will be the only approved learning management system for distributed learning by FY11.
- Deployed Digital Training Campus (DDTC) - A deployable digital training capability is required to train Soldiers in deployed environments. DDTCs are deployed in remote areas worldwide and are used to support and train Soldiers using a variety of distributed-learning technologies. Currently, Soldiers are using the DDTC in Iraq to receive basic non-commissioned officer training.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
TADLP is introducing a task-based product initiative that will have a significant impact on Army training in support of the Army Transformation and the ARFORGEN model. This task-based training will encompass the critical individual combat tasks that support the unit Mission-Essential Task List, new operational tasks, professional military education, and job qualification requirements.
The entire process of training analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation will be achieved through a family of automated information systems whose requirements and configuration governance will be managed by the TRADOC Program Integration Officer for the Army Training Information System (ATIS). The ATIS is a system-of-systems approach to providing a service-oriented architecture for use by the entire Army training community.
Why is this important to the Army?
TADLP delivers high-quality task-based training products to deployed or home-stationed Soldiers anytime, anywhere. As we move toward the ARFORGEN model, distributed learning will become a primary means of maintaining unit operational readiness. Distributed learning enables higher levels of unit readiness and organizational performance, standardizes training across the Army, facilitates the flow of Soldier competency data to leaders, and improves career-planning capabilities.