Accession Number:

ADA592609

Title:

Reviewing the Role of Mobile Learning Technology in Special Operations Forces Language Learning Contexts

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

SWA CONSULTING INC RALEIGH NC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2013-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

55.0

Abstract:

This report describes current trends, best practices, uses, and potential options suitable for the use of Mobile Learning Technology MLT in Special Operations Forces SOF language training contexts. In this report, we define MLT has any type of smart device, such as a smartphone or tablet, which can be used to deliver learning content. While MLT has many advantages and potential applications, it should be not considered the magic bullet or solution to all barriers associated with SOF language training. In this report, we argue that MLT offers many significant and unique features which make it a powerful supplementary tool that can be integrated into both formal and informal learning environments. We ultimately conclude that while MLT can be used as a support, supplement, or tool to augment traditional learning, it is likely best used for SOF operator-driven informal learning and to provide performance support prior to the taskmission in an operational context. MLT provides SOF operators with the ability to integrate language learning into their careers and to become lifelong language learners.

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History
  • Linguistics
  • Computer Systems
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE