Cooperation with the Military Medical Academy

Center for Simulation and Distance Learning began a collaboration with the Military Medical Academy in preparation for the implementation of courses in the field of medicine. Formed team of experts consists of PhD. Col. Predrag Romic and PhD. Lt. Col. Dragan Djordjevic as representatives of the Military Medical Academy and experts in the field of medicine, and PhD. Lt. Col. Zoran Jeremic as a representative of the Center for Simulation and distance learning. The team will prepare a schedule for development of e-learning courses in the field of medicine, planned for first half of 2012, and define the basic guidelines for making these courses. As highest priority courses in the field of medicine, whose development is planned for the first quarter of 2012., were defined "First Aid in the battlefield for soldiers" and "First Aid in the battlefield for doctors". Both courses will be implemented in bilingual variants (Serbian and English), and first draft in Serbian language is planned to be completed by the end of August 2012.


Center for simulations and distance learning in the "Defense" magazine

In it's latest edition, the "Defense" magazine  (No. 153 of 01.02.2012.) has released a special report "Center for Simulation and Distance Learning at the Military Academy." The full contribution can be read by clicking on the link below the picture.


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Participation at "ONLINE EDUCA 2011"

DSCN0259 Between November 30th and December 03th 2011, the working group consisted of five members from the Military Academy and the Jefferson Institute attended an international conference "ONLINE EDUCA 2011" which took place in Berlin – the Federal Republic of Germany.

"ONLINE EDUCA" is the international conference that, for 17 years in a row, brings together an increasing number of members involved in e-learning around the world. This year there were about 2000 participants from as many as 90 countries.

Attractive topics, most current research results, leaders in technology and education, a large number of international organizations and companies, as well as the number of participants, make this conference one of the world’s biggest conferences on e-learning.

The conference program included workshops, seminars, forums, plenary and parallel sessions.

Seminars and workshops were designed for those who want to share their knowledge and gain new skills in their field of specialization, as well as to learn from the world's leading experts in specific areas. Workshops are always a good place to establish contacts with colleagues working on similar projects all over the world.

The two day conference offered 4 plenary and 84 parallel sessions which included 334 presentations. Conference participants had the opportunity to, in accordance with  their needs and commitments, learn about current trends in e-learning and technology achievements that support it.



"Distance Learning in MoD RS and SAF" Conference held in Topcider

"Distance Learning in the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Serbia and the Serbian Armed Forces – 2011” Conference was held in the Club of the Serbian Armed Forces in Topcider, on 15 November 2011.

The Conference was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Defence, General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces, professors from all departments of the Military Academy and numerous guests.

On behalf of the Minister of Defense, State Secretary Igor Jovicic, welcoming participants and guests, opened the Conference.  He spoke about the importance of continuing education of professional members of the Serbian Armed Forces.

- Developing the platform for distance learning, we have provided, practically, the same conditions for career-long education, and later on, for all professional members of the Serbian Armed Forces, wherever they are, in educational centers, barracks, or in peacekeeping operations around the world. This is the crown of five year long efforts of the Ministry of Defence of Serbia in the implementation of Distance Learning Project, which we, based on agreements on bilateral cooperation in the field of defence systems, realized with the support of the Government of the Kingdom of Norway, said State Secretary Igor Jovicic.

On behalf of the Ministry of Defence of the Kingdom of Norway, Defence Attaché Colonel Esben Aass addressed to the participants of the Conference, and expressed satisfaction with the achieved results of the Distance Learning Project and intention of Norway to support such projects in the future.

On behalf of Brigadier General Mladen Vuruna, Colonel Boban Djorovic welcomed the participants of the Conference and expressed satisfaction with the fact that now the Serbian Armed Forces have their own "virtual academy" that will enable the professional members of the Serbian Armed Forces in the field, therefore, outside the city and learning centers, to attend lessons, to use educational literature, tutorials with teachers and interactive exam preparation at the time when their schedule allows them so and when it suits them.

Major Atle Svendsen, Distance Learning Project Coordinator on behalf of the Norwegian University of Defence, presented the experience of Norway and NATO in the application of modern information technologies in education. On this occasion, he stressed the importance of teamwork, standardization of procedures and exchange of knowledge and experience, as do Norway and Serbian sides, and expressed readiness to intensify cooperation and any assistance.

Professor Vladan Devedžić, PhD, from the Faculty of Organizational Sciences in Belgrade, Dragan Domazet, PhD, professor, rector and founder of the Metropolitan University and Daniela Scepanovic, MA, representative of the Ministry of Education and Science spoke about the current situation and future of distance learning at state and private universities in the Republic of Serbia.

Colonel Professor Predrag Romic, PhD, Head of the Department for Education and Scientific Activities at the Military Medical Academy presented the possibilities of application of distance learning in education and training process of medical staff in the Ministry of Defence of Serbia and in a figurative way showed the importance of an expert assistance to medical personnel in the field in crisis situations.

Hosts of the Conference, Lieutenant Colonel Goran Simic, Head of the Simulation and Distance Learning Center and Coordinator of Distance Learning Project, Major Zoran Jeremic, presented a platform for distance learning and existing courses which are accessible to all members of the defence system and pointed out that official opening of this highly sophisticated platform enables efficient implementation of interactive courses at different levels of undergraduate and master studies at the Military Academy.

In the discussion session of the Conference it was found an exceptional interest of all participants and especially from the defence system of the Republic of Serbia. They also outlined a number of compliments, comments and suggestions, by which the importance of e-learning gained new momentum and implementers of the Distance Learning Project a new impetus.


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