Visit to Ukraine

Ukr1 During the period 27th to 30th of January of 2014, Kiev, Ukraine, hosted trilateral talks with representatives of the Kingdom of Norway, the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Ukraine.

The delegation of the Kingdom of Norway consisted of Atle Svendsen, head of Distance Learning Programs and Lieutenant Colonel Arne Broberg, head of the Center for Distance Learning at the Ministry of Defence of the Kingdom of Norway. The Republic of Serbia was represented by Colonel Goran Simic, head of the Center for Simulation and Distance Learning at the Military Academy. The hosts had participants from the Institute of Information Technology at the University of Defense.

The main topic was planning the cooperation in the field of distance learning. Norwegian side is the initiator and donor, while the Serbian side was responsible for providing technical assistance.



Promotion of the electronic book on bioterrorism

Bioterorizam-Sto The book "Bioterrorism - Prevention and Response" by prof . PhD Elizabeta Ristanovic, first electronic edition in the defense system was presented on January 22 in the ceremonial hall of the Serbian Army. This multimedia electronic monograph contains the topics to be covered within the classes of subject "Bioterrorism" at the Military Academy of the University of Defence.

The presentation was attended by over 400 visitors including representatives from the Ministry of Defence and the Serbian Armed Forces, Ministry of Internal Affairs, foreign military representatives accredited in Serbia, the cadets of the Military Academy and numerous friends and guests.

The book was created in cooperation of the University of Defence, Military Academy, "Defense" Media Center and the Jefferson Institute. The book was presented by prof. PhD Dragan Simeunovic, prof. PhD Branko Krga, Major General prof. PhD  Mladen Vuruna, Lt. General prof. PhD Miodrag Jevtic and the author. Two musical intermezzos were performed by members of the group "Legends", Professor Nikola Rackov at the piano and Oliver Njego, celebrated opera singer.

Professor Simeunovic pointed out that the book will find its place not only in universities but also in other institutions. He stressed that if the knowledge of the world unite, we can defeat such evil as terrorism where a handful of extreme people poses a threat for billions.

Professor Krga pointed out that the electronic edition of the book is a kind of avant-garde, and that the form in which it was issued shall become a regular practice. Due to the timeliness and importance of the global problem of bioterrorism it can be expected that this publication will be translated into several languages.

Bioterorizam-Promo The author Professor Elizabeta Ristanovic, presented the book through two electronic courses on the Platform for distance learning, emphasizing the support of the Center for Simulation and Distance Learning, the Jefferson Institute and experts from The Kingdom Of Norway.

Head of the Military Academy, Major General Mladen Vuruna, praised the work of Professor Ristanovic and pointed out that the electronic edition of the book completely fits into the future plans of the Military Academy.

Rector of the University of Defence, Lieutenant General Miodrag Jevtic, said that the professor Ristanovic had enough strength and courage to cope with such a complicated topic as bioterrorism. He added that the University of Defence shows a commitment to introduce the most modern teaching standards related to distance learning, as well as the further development of international and regional academic cooperation and strengthening national capacity.



Promotion of trained e-learning teachers

Another generation of electronic courses teachers was promoted at the Center for Simulation and Distance Learning of National Defense School, Military academy.

Head of the Center for Simulation and distance learning Colonel Goran Simic presented the results in presence of associates and trainees. Students have evaluated course organization and implementation with the highest grades.

Certificates of completion of training the teachers in use of the platform for distance learning were presented to 21 members of the defense system.



ADL conference 2013

Gosti Third annual conference "Distance Learning in the Ministry of Defence and the Serbian Armed Forces" took place on December 13 2013 at the Center for Simulation and Distance Learning (CSDL) of the National Defence School,  Military Academy. The conference was attended by Deputy Minister for Human Resources Jovan Mijakovic, Rector of the University of Defence Lt. Gen. prof. PhD Miodrag Jevtic, head of the Military Academy Major General prof. PhD Mladen Vuruna, Chief of the National Defence School Colonel Mile Jelic, representatives of The Kingdom of Norway and members of the defense system.

Rector of the University of Defence General Jevtic stressed the importance of investing in education and highlighted the benefits that distance learning can provide in the process.

Konferencija Head of the Center for Simulation and distance learning Colonel Goran Simic, pointed out that more than 70 participants from all organizational units of the defense system registered for the conference. He presented the achievements, current activities and future plans.

Significant results were achieved during 2013:

  • Through the courses offered by Center for Simulation and Distance Learning 85 members of the Ministry of Defence and the Serbian Armed Forces were successfuly trained for the implementation of distance learning in teaching and training processes.
  • CSDL has developed a multimedia materials on distance learning in the form of e- lessons in order to introduce e-learning to whole of the Ministry of Defense and the Serbian Army.
  • A promotional campaign on distance learning was conducted.
  • Fifteen electronic courses were developed, three of which are for the purposes of the United Nations.
  • Members of CSDL took active part in international activities related to distance learning. Based on the results achieved, CSDL received an official invitation for cooperation from ADL Initiative, the world's leading organization in the field of distance learning.
  • Application for mobile learning has been developed.



Conference " Distance Learning in Serbian MoD and Serbian Army - 2013"

On December 13 2013 Military Academy will be organizing third annual conference on e-learning. "Distance learning in Serbian MoD and Serbian Army - 2013" will take place at Center for simulations and distance learning, National defence school, Military academy.

Modern information technology and computer literacy are enablers of education and training improvement, both in civilian and military educational systems. Remotely available electronic materials, interactive courses and computer simulations are just some of the contents widely used in modern armies. The motives are obvious : providing a better quality training and education in less time and with less material costs.

The reason for organizing this meeting is to inform the holders of planning and implementation of training and education in Serbian MoD and Serbian Army with the results and ongoing operations within the “Introduction of distance learning” project, as well as future plans for the development of distance learning in Serbian MoD and SA . This kind of education is to enable elders to continue their training by the end of a professional career, with minimal time off from work .

Platform for distance learning, initiated in 2010, gave an opportunity to stakeholders of education and training to take advantage of new technologies and reduce their own costs while maintaining and improving quality. Center for Simulation and distance learning for over a year has been implementing training courses for teachers in order to give them the best possible ways of using the platform for learning, enhance their teaching and make direct contact with the audience and cadets .

With the goal of informing the defense system staff, during this year  we made a campaign in garrisons and garrison towns: Novi Sad, Nis, Kraljevo, Krusevac, Pozarevac, Zajecar and Vranje. In addition to promotion, we made a multimedia material and distributed it on compact discs through whole MoD and Army organization. We conducted military professional training in several MoD and Army units.

Experience tells us that change comes slowly. To reach it requires a change in mindset, recognizing the value of using modern technology. This process takes time, persistence and patience, and above all synergy of all stakeholders of education and training, who have recognized the benefits that distance learning offers to its customers, whether they are in the role of a teacher or a student.

The goals set for conference:

  • Understanding the current state of the project "Distance Learning in Serbian MoD and Serbian Army",
  • Introducing project results,
  • Introducing the plans for next period of 2014. – 2016,
  • Insight to application of distance learning in foreign armies,
  • Considering the need for education and training of professional members of MoD and Army.

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