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

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.



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.


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.



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