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.


Protocol on donation signed

DSC_0027 Head of the Military Academy Major General Mladen Vuruna and military attache of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway Esben Aass have signed the protocol on donation between the two ministries on May 31 2012. This act has marked the official start of the project "Development of courses for distance and mobile learning within the Serbian military education." The aim of the project is expansion of mutual cooperation between the two ministries in the development of electronic courses for distance learning and the introduction of the concept of mobile distance learning for members of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Serbia. The project is to be implemented by the end of 2013.

This project represents the continuation of successful cooperation between the two ministries in the field of distance learning in the past two years, which has been crowned with commissioning of the platform for distance learning. Given the successful implementation of previous projects, both sides expressed readiness to continue cooperation.

The ceremony of signing was attended by a representative of the Jefferson Institute Mr. Aaron Presnall and representatives of the Center for Simulation and distance learning, the bearer of this project.



Participation at annual ADL conference in Norway

Svi_Zajedno_800_x_530 Serbian working group consisting of col Goran Simic, head of Center for simulations and distance learning, Snezana Vicentic, Center for simulations and distance learning’s pedagogue, and Aaron Presnall, representative of the Jefferson institute - project implementer in Serbia, had participated in annual ADL conference which took place from 08 to 10 of May 2012, in Norway. The conference brought together 104 participants from 11 countries and 32 organizations. In addition, there were 10 commercial exhibitors.

The three day conference offered 22 presentations and great opportunity for participants to learn about current trends in e-learning and technology achievements that support it. In the afternoon of the first conference day (Tuesday, May 8th), Serbian delegation gave a half an hour presentation about the results of the ADL project, implemented through bilateral Serbian – Norwegian military cooperation, and finished at the end of 2011. The presentation titled as “ADL and Security Sector Reform: Case of the Serbian Military Academy” had two parts. Firstly, col Simic presented the motivation, project results, organization of educational system in Serbian MoD and future plans. He pointed out that two main activities in the next two-year period will be: course production and new mobile learning project.  In second part of presentation, Mr. Aaron Presnall talked about the Jefferson Institute’s participation, delivered applications and technical issues during project realization. In both discussions presenters emphasized the importance of Norwegian support to the project. The support has been provided in many ways: through delivering the experience and expertise, via introduction and affirmation of the Serbian MoD structures in the international ADL partnership, as well as by financing the project.



Training teachers in using the platform for distance learning


The Center for Simulations and distance learning started a course to train teachers in using the platform for distance learning. Training has started on April 3 and is going to last for next two months. The course enrolled a total of 14 students (teachers) - two groups of seven students. Classes are held in the Laboratory for Distance Learning 2 times a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 09.00 to 10.30 hours. The training is held by major Dobrivoje Vulićević. Course objective is to acquire the basic knowledge necessary to use the platform for distance learning and application of acquired knowledge. The course participants will be monitored and evaluated during the course and after completion of training, all students who  have successfully mastered the intended program, will be issued with appropriate certificate of training completion.


Visit to NODEFIC


Serbian working group consisting of Snezana Vicentic, Center for simulations and distance learning’s pedagogue and Biljana Presnall, representative of Jefferson institute, the project implementer in Serbia, had visited NODEFIC Norway 28-29 of March. The visit marked the beginning of two e-courses creation for the United Nations with main goal to educate  applicants for participation in peacekeeping operations mandated by the United Nations by providing them the basic knowledge of the United Nations as a global organization and enabling them to handle different types of equipment at their disposal during the execution of various tasks.

These courses are a contribution to the expansion of Serbian cooperation with the United Nations in preparation for participation in peacekeeping missions, as part of a bilateral agreement between the Ministry of Defence of Serbia and the Ministry of Defence of Norway. Working meeting in which our delegation participated was aimed to facilitate introduction of our team members with the basic objectives and information related to the implementation of these facilities, as well as to enable the establishment of closer cooperation between the members of our team and Norwegian experts also to participate in the development of courses as domain experts. Upon completion of these courses they will be made available to other partners in the Partnership for Peace.



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