Tuesday June 8, 2010
What is it?
Distributed learning (dL) is an instructional model used by the Army to deliver individual, collective, and self-development training and education to Soldiers, leaders and Army civilians anytime/anywhere. Instructors can be blended into the learning, or the content can be delivered as standalone products.
What has the Army done?
Commanding general, Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) revised the charter for the TRADOC capabilities manager (TCM) for The Army Distributed Learning Program (TADLP) and assigned the TCM TADLP responsibilities to the Combined Arms Center-Training's Army Training Support Center (ATSC). The TCM TADLP held a dL Summit last August to determine what is needed to revitalize the dL program, meet customer needs and make dL training an appealing alternative or supplement to classroom instruction.
What does the Army plan to do in the future?
The TCM-TADLP team is transforming the program by revising dL policy, governance, and delivery standards and specifications. This new dL strategy will advance innovative approaches to formal and informal learning. It will allow the 21st century workforce access to personalized content through a 24X7 persistent learning capability. The new strategy will leverage cutting-edge applications - including mobile Internet devices (MID) like netbooks, e-books and smart phones - to provide students with personalized, on-demand learning capability. The TCM-TADLP will also integrate dL into evolving Army initiatives such as virtual new equipment training, collaborate with AKO "Go Mobile" programs, and develop a new contract vehicle that supports the development of high-quality dL content optimized for a MID environment.
Why is this important to the Army?
High-quality dL will allow learners to spend more time at home with their families rather than long-term TDYs to schools. Most leader development occurs at home stations and through self-development; readily available dL will allow Soldiers and Army civilians to increase their knowledge more rapidly-on their time schedules-while on the job or at home. Transforming the Army's distributed learning program will help our active-and reserve-components Soldiers, Army civilians and their leaders gain the competencies and confidence required for today's and tomorrow's full spectrum operations in a joint, inter-agency, intergovernmental and multinational environment.
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