The last issue of the DL Catalog showed the infrastructures on which “online
training” is encountered. The proponents of t...
Page 2
The courseware on the
table at the left will be
included in Guard University
catalog very soon.
The courseware curr...
Is this warning familiar to you? The U.S. Army
Distributed Learning System, the most
comprehensive of the eight LMS, hosts...
How to login and troubleshoot ELLC Blackboards
https://ellc.learn.army.mil
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The DL Catalog
November 2010
Volume 2, Issue 1
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Page 7 The DL Catalog
November 2010
Volume 2, Issue 1
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Page 9 The DL Catalog
November 2010
Volume 2, Issue 1
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The Battle Command Training Center located at Camp Dodge, Iowa, uses DL to conduct training on Army Battle
Command Systems...
Taking the training to the Soldier
offer video teleconferencing of high
definition quality. The MDLC also
features a proje...
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Guard U is a distribution source meeting ARNG Soldiers requirements to learn at their own pace and schedule. It also provides a continuous learning environment for rapid student involvement and allows for personal experience input and institutional training to improve ARNG readiness.

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Distributed Learning Newsletter, November 2010

  1. 1. The last issue of the DL Catalog showed the infrastructures on which “online training” is encountered. The proponents of these courses are agencies and units within the Department of the Army and the Department of Defense. Those virtual frameworks, known as Learning Management Systems (LMS), support Distributed Learning (DL) architectures which are Internet portals that give access to both individual and collective training. Therefore, LMS keep Soldiers Readiness as well as their military and even their civilian career development. LMS are rapidly increasing its quality by developing new versions but are also growing in quantity. On the last issue of the DL Catalog, PRARNG DL Program identified 7 LMS supporting U.S. Army National Guard training requirements since. Now we have eight (see diagram on next page). The National Guard Bureau DL Branch (NGB-ART-DL) has received field input from the states indicating the need for a single website enabling ARNG Soldiers to complete required “online” training without searching for courses by using civilian search engines like Google and Bing. During the Integrated Training Workshop conducted at Reno Nevada on July 2010 a new LMS was unveiled: Guard University, also known as “Guard U”. Guard U is a distribution source meeting ARNG Soldiers requirements to learn at their own pace and schedule. It also provides a continuous learning environment for rapid student involvement and allows for personal experience input and institutional training to improve ARNG readiness. Guard University URL is http://guardu.ng.mil. The next page shows a list of courseware that will be included in Guard U catalog during TY 2011. While Guard U contains courses like Deployment Training Requirement (DTR) and Army Battle Command Systems (ABCS), it also provides links to other LMS like ATIA (www.train.army.mil ), the official online source for Army Warrior Tasks. Very soon, Guard U will have a mobile version to facilitate access thru cellular phones and handheld computer devices. This software will be similar to ATN2GO, developed for the Army Training Network to view lessons-learned training videos, field manuals, and other training materials on those devices. The intent is to take the training to the Soldier. GUARD UNIVERSITY, OUR LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM Some DL Classrooms Capabilities:  Video Tele Conference (VTC) worldwide connec- tivity  VTC recording  Watch students desktops remotely  Scan large documents easily  Show small objects or hard copies through VTC  Technical Assistance Published by the Puerto Rico National Guard Distributed Learning Program The DL Catalog On this issue: Guard University, our Learning Management System 1 “You won’t go to BNCOC phase III without its DL phase II” 3 Keep your Troops proficient in Army Battle Command Systems 11 Taking the training to the Soldier 12 November 2010, 1st Quarter, Training Year 2011 Volume 2, Issue 1
  2. 2. Page 2 The courseware on the table at the left will be included in Guard University catalog very soon. The courseware currently available is listed on the “Guard U Courses" tab within Guard University, available through http://guardu.ng.mil The last edition of the DL Catalog showed seven main LMS that support Distributed Learning across the US Army. This diagram adds Guard University as another major LMS for a total of eight.
  3. 3. Is this warning familiar to you? The U.S. Army Distributed Learning System, the most comprehensive of the eight LMS, hosts the Army Training Support Center (ATSC), an LMS containing the U.S. Army Enterprise Lifelong Learning Center (ELLC) which creates and administers Blackboards to most military schools including the schools under the Non- Commissioned Officer Education System (NCOES). Most NCOES schools require the completion of DL phases which require ATRRS registration and are pre-requisites of BNCOC, ANCOC and MOS reclassification courses (The DL Catalog, Volume 1, Issue 1, July 2010). The NCOES Blackboard has a search engine to find courses for all MOS by using criteria like course ID, name, description or instructor. Most courses are led by their respective instructors using an interactive teaching methodology which requires discipline from students to meet suspense dates and to follow instructions with attention to detail. Similarly, instructors follow up the completion of every practical exercise, which should be completed and submitted by the suspense date or the student might end as an unsatisfactory participant. Students who go through technical problems with their computers at home to complete the courses “You won’t go to BNCOC phase III without its DL phase II” Most NCOES schools require the completion of DL phases which require ATRRS registration and are pre-requisites of BNCOC, ANCOC and MOS reclassification courses. Page 3 The DL Catalog November 2010 Volume 2, Issue 1 must read the troubleshooting tips published on the home page of this Blackboard (see screenshots on pages 4 thru 10). The NCOES Blackboard has several tools to assist students including a calendar to which students can attach files of several types, even video. Other tools provide links to send e-mail messages or to post threads on a discussion board to effectively communicate with instructors, their assistants and the rest of the students. These tools can be found on the “Communication” tool under the “Community” tab. Some of the courses on the NCOES Blackboard catalog are the “Advanced Leader Course”, the “Battle Staff NCO Course”, and “Blackboard Basics”. The “Advanced Leader Course” provide sergeants (SGT), sergeants promotable SGT (P), and staff sergeants (SSG) with the technical, tactical, and leadership/trainer skills necessary to be successful in Army operations as squad/platoon leaders within the context of their specific MOS. Students will complete their courses more easily after taking the Blackboard Basics course which teaches the most elementary steps to browse this LMS like “How to Login”, “How to Access Course”, “Connectivity Issues” and “Mini-Tutorials”. The proponent of the NCOES Blackboard is the United States Army Sergeant Major Academy. Its Alpha Company administer the Sergeant's Major Non-Residents Course, with the mission to provide senior NCOs with the highest quality education by leveraging both DL and resident educational technologies. As a result they develop agile and adaptive senior NCO’s that can meet the challenges of full spectrum operations in an era of persistent conflict. The United States Army Sergeant Major Academy crest
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  11. 11. The Battle Command Training Center located at Camp Dodge, Iowa, uses DL to conduct training on Army Battle Command Systems (ABCS) for National Guard Soldiers. Mr. Rusell A. Grant, Commander’s Operations and Training Assistant with the Mississippi National Guard, praised BCTC Dodge during training conducted by the 155th HBCT, a MSNG unit: “I heard repeatedly from unit Soldiers and leaders that they learned more in two days with your trainers than they did in a week of initial operator training they received during fielding. Also, your engineer did a superb job in getting things running and keeping them running. She received a unit coin from BG Fisher for her efforts. Thanks again, look forward to the next exercise.” said Mr. Grant. BCTC Dodge develops, conducts and supports training on ABCS for leaders, BCS3 and BFT for operators and leaders, among other ABCS. BCTC Dodge can support individual training through the use of video teleconference and the Internet. Other systems like MTS, TiGR, CIDNE, DCGS-A are planned for the future. BCTC Dodge supports collective training for Sections, Battalions or Brigade level exercises, for units that need a BCST or ERF driver support, initial training on systems prior to the exercise, tailored refresher training on systems prior to the exercise, Over-the-Shoulder (OTS) trainer support during the exercise, OTS system engineer support during the exercise and advice to develop units TTP’s and SOP’s. Once individuals or units are qualified on systems, they can keep their skills sharp with BCTC Dodge refresher training opportunities, collateral material, and additional support. Specifically, BCTC Dodge can maintain your training with lesson plans designed for sustainment training, ability to connect to our data center for low overhead system training through your DL classroom, operator support material, advice in the development of unit TTP’s and SOP’s, tailored follow-up training to address specific requirement or concerns, provide “over the shoulder" support during CPX’s and other exercises. BCTC-Dodge is located at building B-3 at Camp Dodge, Iowa. Its URL is http://www.bctc-dodge.net. LTC Tom Cole, is BCTC Dodge Commander, available through telephone (515) 331-5701 and e-mail address thomas.d.cole@us.army.mil. Mr. Jeffrey Holle is the Operations Manager, available through telephone (515) 331-5706 and e-mail address jeff.holle@bctc-dodge.net. Page 11 “I heard repeatedly from unit Soldiers and leaders that they learned more in two days with your trainers than they did in a week of initial operator training” - Mr. Rusell A. Grant, Commander’s Operations and Training Assistant with the Mississippi National Guard KEEPING THE TROOPS PROFICIENT IN BATTLE COMMAND SYSTEMS The DL Catalog November 2010 Volume 2, Issue 1
  12. 12. Taking the training to the Soldier offer video teleconferencing of high definition quality. The MDLC also features a projection system that sets up in seconds to provide a large viewing surface which includes a full HD projector that offers the highest standard presentations. The classroom also has high quality HD cameras with pan/tilt/zoom capability and a wireless microphone system, which provides quick deployment with no cable management. Its professional grade amplified audio system provides high performance compact amplifier and speakers to produce ample audio for a large-size audience. Its DVD equipment has recording capabilities to capture training content and video teleconferences and its laptops have wireless capability and integrated Our cover story announced the intent of United States Army leaders to take the training to the Soldier (see article “Guard University, our Learning Management System” on page 1). The Mobile Distributed Learning Classrooms (MDLC) offers; portable storable equipment that will be configured to work on both DLP and RCAS network at any Training Center, Readiness Center or Armory. MDLC, to be fielded by NGB-ART- DL, features state-of-the-art audio/ video and network equipment can be transported in just four cases, designed to be extremely tough and durable, that fit in a Troop Carrier HMWV. Just two Soldiers can set it up quickly since it only requires minimal connections. MDLC also features a video conferencing codec, with the latest platform with HD 1080p capability to The DL Catalog is published by the Puerto Rico National Guard Distributed Learning Program; you may contact us by: DL classrooms across the Island! For reservations see contact information below Mail: P.O. Box 9023786 San Juan, PR 00902-3786 Phone: 787-289-1560 Fax: 787-289-1561 MilBook: https://www.kc.army.mil/book/ E-mail: alan.eleuticeacevedo@ng.army.mil Mayaguez Fort Allen Vega Baja San Juan Page 12 The DL Catalog November 2010 Volume 2, Issue 1 1LT Alan M. Eleutice, DL Program Training Administrator Phone: 787-289-1560 Mr. Heriberto Acosta, DL Site Administrator (San Juan and Vega Baja) Phone: 787-289-1560 Mr. Gabriel Quiñones, DL Site Administrator, (Juana Diaz and Mayagüez) Phone: 787-832-2300, ext. 5724 webcam to facilitate individual training. PRARNG will be fielded with one MDLC during TY 2011. Please refer to the contact information on this page for details.

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