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Second conference "Dinstance learning in the Ministry of defence and Serbian Armed Forces"

2012-DSC_0258 Second conference "Distance learning in the Ministry of Defence and the Serbian Armed Forces" was held at the annex hall of the Topcider Guard on December 12th. The meeting was attended by the chancellor of the University of Defence Lt. Gen. Miodrag Jevtic MD, head of the Military Academy Maj. Gen. Mladen Vuruna, head of the School of National Defense Mile Jelic, Chief of the Strategic Planning Department Major General Bozidar Forca, representatives and members of the Norwegian defense system.

Rector of the University of Defence General Jevtic presented the development and the present status of the university in the defense system, it’s current position in the education system, and pointed out that today it is most profitable to invest in education. Also, the chancellor noted that the Military Academy, as well as higher-education unit of the University of Defence, with the help of partners from Norway formed the Center for Simulations and Distance Learning.

2012-DSC_0246 Certain areas that do not require practical work can be organized as courses, which are implemented via the Internet. Students follow courses from the workplace or at home, without absence from work. Training and education costs are significantly reduced. Larger number of participants can be educated, and everyone has equal opportunities for education. Furthermore, a smaller number of teachers is needed, and teachers become more accessible to students, said the rector.

Head of the Center for Simulation and Distance Learning, Col. Goran Simic, welcoming the participants at this scientific meeting, pointed out that more than 70 participants from all organizational units of the defense system were attending the conference. He particularly welcomed the guests from Norway, collaborators on a joint project, without whose support it would have been difficult to achieve the results in such a short period of time.

2012-DSC_0133 The occasion for organizing the conference was to inform the bearers of the planning and implementation of training and education in the Ministry of Defence and the Serbian Army with the results of the project of distance learning and plans for implementation in order to improve the process of professional development and training of members of the defense system in life.

The aim of the project is introduction of distance learning to educational process and modernization of military education through the application of advanced, primarily information technologies, thus enabling distance learning as a contemporary system of class lectures.

 

Conference “Distance learning at Serbian MoD and Serbian Army - 2012”

On December 12 2012 Military Academy will be organizing second annual conference on e-learning. "Distance learning in Serbian MoD and Serbian Army - 2012" will take place at Topcider -  Serbian army Club ("The Guard House").
The reason for organizing this event is to inform the holders of planning and implementation functions of training and education in Serbian MoD and Serbian Army with distance learning project results, and with plans for implementation in order to improve the process of life-long professional development and training for members of Serbian MoD and Army.
The introduction of new technologies is not a decision on the use of technology, but rather a strategic decision on the future of military education systems, new methods of research and new technologies needed for the knowledge society, where professional members of MoD and Army must be involved. Experience tells us that changes come slowly. In order for changes to occur, we need a change in mindset, recognizing the value of using modern technology to change the way of thinking. This process takes time, persistence and patience.
The aim of the project implementing distance learning into the educational process of Serbian MoD and Serbian Army is modernization of educational process by means of advanced methods, particularly information technologies, and to facilitate distance learning as a contemporary way of education. This kind of education shall give military professionals an opportunity to continue their education by the end of their careers, with minimal absence from work and reduced involvement of the teaching staff. The introduction of distance learning system should enable direct involvement of military and civilian education systems in the region into the educational system. This supports the achievement of proper level of interoperability required for inclusion in the regional integration processes, and integrating the military education system into society.
Conference goals

  • Considering the role of information technology in the educational process.
  • Understanding the current state of the project "Learning in Serbian MoD and Serbian Army".
  • Understanding the location and role of the Center for Simulation and distance learning in the process of implementation.
  • Understanding the implementation of distance learning in foreign armies, as well as other educational institutions in the Republic of Serbia.
  • Reviewing the need for education and training of professional members of the Serbian Army.
  • Considering possibilities of applying modern information technology to support the educational process and training throughout the life for professional members of Serbian MoD  and Serbian Army.
 

Participation of Serbian representative at 80th PfP NTG IT&ED meeting

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It was the fifth time that the Serbian representative (Col Goran Šimić) participated at the meetings of NTG Task Group for Individual Training and Education Development through the Partnership for Peace (PfP) program. The 80th NTG IT&ED meeting was held in France – Salon De Provence, hosted by French Air Force Academy. There were 28 participants from 21 countries; 3 participants from scientific - research organizations, 5 PfP countries (Serbia, Switzerland, Austria, Finland, Sweden) and other members of the NATO (20 participants from 13 countries).
During 4 days (23. – 28. September 2012) participants reported about the ADL activities in their countries, ongoing projects and future plans. The results of science R&D in domain of e–learning were also presented:
•    Dr. Dexter Fletcher, Institute for Defense Analysis, provided a review on competencies and competency Data to provide the group with additional information relative to the competency task;
•    Mr. Walt Smeulers, Netherlands Ministry of Defense, presented their 5-year project to create a more agile and interoperable learning architecture;
•    Mr. Paul Chatelier, Naval Post Graduate School, presented an update to the task to coordinate the efforts of the IT&ED with the Science & Technology Organization (STO).  The STO is an R&D organization that focuses on the health, safety, well-being, and performance of the human in operational environments.
Beside the presentations, the hosts organized several activities such visiting different facilities at Air Force Academy, Istres air base and cultural sites in and around the town. Part of the time was used for subgroups’ activities on the projects:
•    Writing & finalizing of ADL Handbook;
•    External Evaluations of platforms and courses;
•    Analysis and Review of IT&E Competency-based Management;
•    Writing & finalizing Glossary/Lexicon of IT&E (Individual Training and Education) Terms.
Two e–learning courses are finalized and reported by the representatives of the nations that are responsible for:
•    Introduction to Counter-Insurgency (COIN) ADL Course (USA);
•    Introduction to Cultural Awareness ADL Course (Poland).
All of the participants concluded that this meeting was extremely productive and useful not only because of amount of information about the projects, activities and science research reviews, but also because of establishing good relationships and mutual reliance between the nations.

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Participation at first Moodle research conference

Ucesnici_konferencije Serbian working group consisting of Lieutenant Colonel Zoran Jeremic and Major Dobrivoje Vulicevic from the Military Academy and representatives of the Jefferson Institute Biljana Presnall and Boris Tomic took part in an international conference "The first Moodle Research Conference", a unique event dedicated to research and development in the field of education and training using the Moodle platform. The main objective of the conference was to provide opportunities for exchanging  experiences through discussion and encourage constructive criticism regarding the methods and results of research in the field of distance learning using the Moodle platform.

During the two-day conference participants from 22 countries presented over 30 research papers in the field of application of the Moodle platform and different tools in e-learning, and the catalog of works can be downloaded in an electronic form. Members of our delegation were particularly attracted by: the plug-in for learning foreign languages (Babelium plug-in), tool for tracking learning activities log and advanced analysis (MOCLog), tools for integrating various external tools (GLUE! and GLUE!-PS).

During informal discussions, members of the delegation also exchanged experiences and impressions with Martin Dougiamas, creator of the Moodle platform.

 

Ohio National Guard delegation at the Military academy

Ohio National Guard delegation, led by the commander of the special forces of the Ohio National Guard, Brigadier General Mary Kelly, visited the Military Academy. Besides general Kelly, delegation consisted of ​​Lt. Col. Coghlin Ann, Sergeant Jennifer Lowry and Air force defense attaché of the U.S. Embassy Maj. Eric Rice. The goal of the U.S. delegation was the exchange of experiences on the participation of women in the armed forces. After a lecture given by general Kelly delegation visited the Center for simulations and distance learning where they got acquainted with simulations and implementation of distance learning in the education system of Serbian MoD and Serbian armed forces. On that occasion, they showed great interest in the way of conducting training procedures using simulations and distance learning platform.

   

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