STAND-TO! Edition: Tuesday July 16, 2013


Today's Focus:

Army Learning Management System

What is it?

The Army Learning Management System (ALMS), delivers online Army training to Soldiers and Army civilians. With 1.2 million users, the ALMS is one of the world's largest learning management systems, delivering a significant portion of Army education and training.

Through U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command's Combined Arms Center-Training, the ALMS increases readiness and offers commanders training flexibility. Soldiers can achieve many training objectives online, reducing the time spent at the schoolhouse. The ALMS saves units money and increases stability and predictability for Soldiers and their families.

What has the Army done?

To address Soldier reported issues with the Army Learning Management System's graphical user interface (GUI) and difficulties in finding and completing mandatory training, the Army redesigned and launched an easier-to-use GUI.

Common functions such as search, register and play have been made simpler, and a brief tutorial has been created to teach users how to navigate the system. Users taking recurring mandatory training will now be able to find and launch mandatory training with just two clicks.

Elements of the new ALMS design are the result of Soldier feedback gathered in the field during limited user tests and ALMS usability evaluations. To provide users with additional assistance, the Army now maintains a more capable 24/7 help desk.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Army will continue to use distributed learning to deliver training and education materials to Soldiers and civilians. Distributed learning will remain a key component of force readiness, complementing resident training and education.

What continued efforts does the Army have in the future?

The Army will make distributed learning easier for Soldiers and Army Civilians to use. The Combined Arms Center-Training is assessing future capability requirements for the learning management system.

The results will be used to develop a learning management system that more fully supports learner assessments, peer-to-peer collaborative learning and learning via mobile devices. The Army also is developing a registry to help ensure courseware remains current and relevant.

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