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.


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.



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