Developing a Blended Learning Approach for Army Leader Planning
Final rept. Apr 2008-Mar 2010
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES FORT BENNING GA RESEARCH UNIT
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The objective of this research project was to develop a blended learning module that facilitates the integration of component knowledge into higher order leader concepts and skills. As the Army is transitioning many of its institutional courses to a blended learning curriculum, the Training and Doctrine Command TRADOC has called for ARI to demonstrate blended learning approaches in the development of course material. Thus, training content was identified within the Aviation Captains Career Course AVC3 that would benefit from the use of blended learning techniques to further the acquisition of skills and knowledge. Specifically, the Tactical Decision Exercise TDE-Builder tool was developed to foster military planning skills with a particular focus on the topic of intelligence preparation of the battlefield IPB. As there is limited time available in the course to ensure that the knowledge is acquired by all students, the tool provides students with the opportunity to practice conducting the IPB exercise at their own pace with the goal of reinforcing the knowledge and skills acquired during the course. The final tool and supporting documentation was transitioned to AVC3 instructorstrainers for use as a blended learning approach for the course. The software runs a stand-alone application that does not require administrative rights and does not require server or Internet access. This report documents the process that was used to develop the tool and provides an overview of how to employ the tool. The software is enclosed in this report and also can be obtained by contacting the U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral Social Sciences at the above address.
- Computer Programming and Software
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics