FORT EUSTIS, Virginia -- With the New Year barely underway, The Army Distributed Learning Program (TADLP), a division of the U.S. Army University, launched a completely redesigned website.
Particularly striking among the changes, which went live in January 2020, is the implementation of a mobile-friendly "responsive grid" design that functions on any online platform or browser, from conventional large-screen computer monitors to the smallest, 5.8-inch handset smartphone.
According to the Army News Service, a recent study revealed approximately 45 percent of the visitors to the Army's flagship website, Army.mil, were accessing the site from mobile devices.
"The idea of a responsive website is that it displays correctly on every device, including smartphones, tablets, and a variety of browsers," said Robert Roberts, the TADLP web development and project manager." All of the coding decisions and the framework we use to display the content, all of the design and layout decisions, have been towards one goal: to make the site more versatile and mobile-friendly -- because that's become the preferred method our Soldiers are using to access and use information."
"This new website gives us the ability to highlight some of the interesting and useful Distributed Learning (DL) products being created by TADLP staff and courseware developers," said Helen Remily, TADLP Director. "It's a great way for service members, the public, the news media, our commands, and partners to remain current on our activities and DL product releases." "Our users -- Soldiers, teaching professionals, and training and education experts - have a strong expectation of being able to access websites on ultra-mobile devices; they are increasingly expecting government websites to work efficiently and easily present information and services on mobile device screens." Remily said.
"The site also provides access to a large repository of information and guidance for many of our courseware developers working worldwide
The site offers such features as a rotating image gallery, updated news releases, and fact sheets to assist instructors requesting digital DL apps, e2books, and online learning modules, as well as a library with publications, Army regulations, and infographics to guide TADLP developers. It also has a special section that showcases TADLP's products, links to all social media platforms, as well as sections on special topics, such as how instructors and training professionals can take full advantage of TADLP products, whether in the unit or in a resident learning environment.
"Please visit us online. We always welcome feedback from the Soldiers who are the end-users of our products as well as the many instructors and DL professionals we work with in designing them." said Remily.
TADLP's new website is available at https://tadlp.tradoc.army.mil/
ABOUT THE ARMY DISTRIBUTED LEARNING PROGRAM (TADLP)
Established by the Chief of Staff of the Army in 1996, the Commanding General of Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) was appointed the Executive Agent for TADLP and has the full-line authority for the centralized management and integration of the program. Located at Fort Eustis in Virginia, the TADLP Director is Ms. Helen Remily.
The Army Distributed Learning Program (TALDP), improves Army readiness by providing rigorous, relevant, and tailored distributed training and education to Soldiers, leaders, and Army civilians from a responsive and accessible - frequently mobile - delivery capability. Distributed Learning (DL) is a modern, proven instructional model used by the Army to deliver individual, collective, and self-developmental training and education anytime, anywhere. TALDP leads the way in creating user-friendly, pliant and adaptable distributed and distance learning models that leverage emerging technologies to distribute learning across an array of portable devices in a variety of formats depending on the needs of the user. To learn more about the people and facilities of TALDP visit their website at https://tadlp.tradoc.army.mil/
ABOUT THE U.S. ARMY TRAINING AND DOCTRINE COMMAND (TRADOC)
U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) was created on July 1st, 1973.
For nearly half a century TRADOC has fundamentally transformed the U.S. Army into the best trained, best equipped, best led, and best organized modern land power in the world today. TRADOC shapes Army forces through four primary functions: Recruitment and Training, Leadership Development, Doctrine and Integrating Capabilities. Headquartered at Fort Eustis, in eastern Virginia, TRADOC executes its mission through five subordinate commands and centers, U.S. Army Center of Military History, The U.S. Army Combined Arms Center (located at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas), The U.S. Army Center for Initial Military Training and the U.S. Army Recruiting Command (located at Fort Knox, Kentucky).
The command has a global perspective and oversees 32 Army schools organized under eight Centers of Excellence, each focused on a separate area of expertise within the Army (i.e. Maneuver and Signal). TRADOC trains more than 500,000 Soldiers and service members each year. To learn more about the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command visit their website at https://www.tradoc.army.mil/