As the United States approaches the end of its second year living with COVID-19, it’s clear that life will never be quite the same. The way people purchase things, the way they collaborate for work, the way children and adults learn and teach have all changed to accommodate the populations physical separation. Those first two examples will likely continue to improve based on the bottom line aspect associated with them. But what about education? Without the same obvious profit margin tied to it, will distance or remote learning continue to improve? WAR ROOM welcomes Geoff Bailey to warn the Army that now’s the time to invest and capitalize on the momentum gained by the necessities of the COVID-19 isolation. Geoff has evaluated five Army Career Courses and he makes the argument that in order to ensure that “Resident” and “Distance Learning” are equivalent there’s still a lot of work to be done.
Long before COVID saw much of the country locked in their homes operating on laptops and tablets, conducting business and meetings and school and training, there was a significant portion of the population that was already learning via distance education. The military has always had a portion of the force that accomplished professional military education (PME) via correspondence (an antiquated term at this point) and in the last two decades a significant portion of annual training requirements have moved online to computer based training. But how effective is it? A BETTER PEACE welcomes Geoff Bailey to take a look at the state of distance education in the U.S. Army. He joins podcast editor Ron Granieri in the virtual studio as they discuss the pros and cons of distance learning. An advocate for distance education, Geoff points to recent changes due to the pandemic and urges educators within the Army to seize upon the gains made in technology, delivery and engagement techniques and practices. The whole goal of his research is to ensure that the total force is the best it can be trained regardless of whether learning occurred in person or at a distance.