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The Army Distributed Learning Program (ADLP)

What is it?
The mission of the ADLP is to improve readiness through 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 the ADLP is maintaining readiness, providing training, and supporting training transformation and Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN) process requirements. The ADLP consists of the following primary components:

  • Courseware - One of the ADLP objectives is to redesign resident-based courses to distributed-learning courses as appropriate. The redesign is based on the distance learning (dL) training requirements of the Army. As of November 2008, 496 courses have received funding for redesign and 313 courses are complete. Additionally, about 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 2008, approximately 379,000 students, taking 251,000 hours, were trained in digital training facilities.
  • Classroom XXI (CR XXI) — CRXXI is a United States Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) program that modernizes and maintains more than 167 resident classrooms across 16 Army installations, thereby providing instructors with an appropriate digital platform for training. The CR XXI 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. Three proponents have piloted ALMS Courseware migration and the process is in motion to begin full execution.
  • Deployed Digital Training Campus (DDTC) — A deployable digital training capability is required to train deployed Soldiers. The DDTCs are deployed in remote areas worldwide and are used to support and train Soldiers using a variety of distributed-learning technologies. For example, Soldiers are using the DDTC in Iraq to receive basic noncommissioned officer training.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
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 Capabilities Manager for the Army Training Information System (ATIS). The ATIS is a system-of-systems approach that provides a service-oriented architecture for use by the entire Army training community.

Additionally, the ADLP is proactively pursuing a dL enterprise strategy, which will establish enterprise-wide baseline requirements for dL, an enterprise 'red teaming' of the Army dL program operational architecture; the associated systems architecture, and an enterprise scheduling system. The original dL domain of operational, institutional, and individual development on which the initial requirements were based in 1998 have changed dramatically. Major shifts from the institutional to the operational domain created a shift from institutional training to training in theaters of operation and during home station reset. The dL enterprise strategy is designed to address the challenges that have been caused by these changing requirements.

Why is this important to the Army?
The ADLP delivers high-quality task-based training products to Soldiers at any time and place. The ARFORGEN processing necessitates a viable distributed learning program that will become a primary means of maintaining Soldier and 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. The dL enterprise strategy in turn will set the foundation for effective future projects and activities while maximizing efficiencies.

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