NTG meeting in Belgrade

NTG_Serbia_800_x_532 Belgrade hosted autumn meeting of Nato training group (NTG), in the Group for individual training and education development within the framework of the Partnership for Peace. The meeting took place from 20th to 24th September in Belgrade.
On behalf of the host, the meeting was opened by Head of the Military Academy Major General Goran Zekovic, who presented the work and military institutions of higher education, as well as the system of military education in Serbia.
During the four-day event, 37 participants from NATO and partner countries and academic institutions, have presented and discussed current and upcoming projects in their countries.
The aim of Nato training group is to improve the professionalism, standardization and interoperability between NATO and partner forces through improved coordination of education, training, exercises and evaluation, with particular emphasis on operations support.



Norvegian delegation visit

Norvezani_1 On Friday the 20th of June 2014. Norwegian delegation consisted of military attache Col. Aass Esben, future military attache Lt. Col. Tore Anderson and Mr. Atle Svendsen visited Center for simulations and distance learning at the Military Academy. In addition to the above persons visit was also attended by Mr. Aaron Presnall from the Jefferson Institute. The guests were received by Col. Simic, head of the Centre.
Col. Esben Aass noted satisfaction with the cooperation he had with CSDL and Military academy in the past three years and the results arising from the cooperation of the Ministries of Defence of the Republic of Serbia and the Kingdom of Norway.
Lt. Col. Anderson said he was impressed with the results and that he is very interested in the success of the projects currently being implemented.
Mr. Atle Svendsen said that the project is implemented as planned and expectations of the Norwegian side have been met. He was satisfied with the received information concerning future cooperation.



Participation at 2nd NORDIC annual ADL conference in Gol

za_sajt_Gol12_16_5_14_800_x_750 Serbian working group consisted of col Goran Simic, head of Center for simulations and distance learning, prof dr Elizabeta Ristanovic, representative of Military Medical Academy and Mr Boris Tomic, representative of the Jefferson institute - project implementer in Serbia, had participated at 2nd annual NORDIC ADL conference which took place from 12 to 16 of May 2014, in Norway.

“New Learning Demands, Technologies and Possibilities” represents the topic of the three day conference. This event was different regarding to previous one due to Summary Panel sessions that followed the presentations of invited speakers. Team building workshop guided by Lasse Hameer represents another activity added in the conference agenda.

One of the invited speakers was Col Goran Simic. The topic of his presentation was “Learning about Mobile Learning”, and most of participants found it interesting due to many empirical information and didactical tactics used in building the smart phone application connected on Moodle LMS mobile service as well as creating four mobile courses based on existing desktop versions. Moreover, Col Simic made comparison between these two in order to argument conclusions in the end of presentation.

Great hospitality, plenty of interesting presentations, variety of activities have made this conference very successful and unforgettable.


ADL partnership

Center for Simulation and Distance Learning, Мilitary Academy, The Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Serbia has become an ADL Partnership Lab.

Representatives of The Ministry of  Defense of the Republic of Serbia and The Ministry of  Defense of the United States of America signed the cooperation agreement by which the Center for Simulation and Distance Learning Military Academy becomes a full member of ADL (Advanced distributed learning) Partnership, the world's leading organization engaged in the development of standards, technologies and systems for distance learning. Membership in this organization provides new opportunities for collaboration with distance learning laboratories in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Norway, Poland, Romania and South Korea in the form of expert and technical assistance, exchange of electronic courses  and participation in joint projects.

ADL Partnership welcomes the Republic of Serbia and looks forward to working closely.

Link: http://www.adlnet.gov/



NTG Belgium

NTG_Belgija_2013_800_x_533 Colonel Goran Simic participated in 83rd meeting of NATO Training Group (NTG) as part of operational subgroup for Individual Training and Development (NTG TG IT&ED) through the Partnership for Peace program. The meeting was held in Brussels, Belgium at the club Prince Albert from 2 to 6 March 2014. The meeting was attended by representatives from 22 countries: 2 participants from the Military Staff of the European Union, one participant from scientific research organizations, participants from 7 countries in the Partnership for Peace (Serbia, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden) and 26 participants from 13 member states of NATO.

The host was Colonel Raymond Gauthier Deputy Chief of the Directorate of Education in the Ministry of Defence of the Kingdom of Belgium.

The meeting adopted the report about previous meeting held on September 2013. in the UK and presented all participants with some new members. Participants also talked about activities related to e-learning in their states, current and upcoming projects and presented research results in the field of e-learning.

The meeting was very productive and useful, not only because of information obtained on various projects, activities, and a review of scientific research in e-learning, but also through the establishment of relationships and inter-confidence.

Conclusions of the meeting of interest to the Serbian side are:
• agreed to exchange electronic materials on a voluntary basis between the participating countries through sharing repositories on the Internet with assigned account privileges (Serbia will offer its two courses);
• obtained the source code of the application RUSSEL designed for the preparation and packaging of electronic courses to SCORM formatted archive files;
• collected data on the state, new trends, and future plans for the development of training and education in NATO and partner countries;
• affirmatively presented the development of distance learning and its implementation in military education and training in the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Serbia.

The next meeting is scheduled for the fall of 2014. and will be held in Estonia.

Serbian MoD has agreed to host this meeting in the fall of 2015.


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