Peer-to-Peer Learning and the Army Learning Model
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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The Army Learning Model ALM is the new educational model that develops adaptive leaders in an era of persistent conflict. Life-long, individual-based learning will blend together self-development, institutional instruction, and operational experience across the operational and institutional components. In January 2011, the Army released the Army Learning Concept 2015, now referred to as the ALM. The ALM changes the method and manner in which education will be delivered to the current and future force. The ALM claims out-dated education methods do not meet the generational gaps of the net generation. Nor do current methods develop critical thinking skills in an era in which the enemy and environment are not well-defined. The manner in which an individual Soldier will receive his education is a dramatic change from the current Professional Military Education PME. To meet individual educational needs, technology-based instruction across the career of a Soldier, and not just PME school, will be the norm. New media will enhance individual educational needs through live, virtual, constructive, and gaming capabilities. Distance learning will be accepted as a vital educational tool to meet the Soldiers education milestones throughout his career. This thesis examines the salient areas proposed by the ALM, and its impact on peer-to-peer P2P learning. A literature review focuses on the following five topics defining the ALM, defining P2P learning, the role of the individual in P2P learning, the class facilitator in P2P learning, and blended learning and P2P. These five areas were the basis of a survey of students at Fort Leavenworth that aimed to determine how U.S. Army mid-grade leaders value P2P learning as outlined in the ALM. The survey showed that mid-grade leaders clearly prefer P2P learning in a collaborative environment, seconded by an effective facilitator, and in which technology is leveraged and not a distractor to educational objectives.
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