Thank you to the nearly 100 attendees for making our second Military Education & Training Blackboard User Group (METBUG) conference such a great success!  For those of you who were not able to join us, here is a short recap of what you missed!

Opportunities in Online Training METBUG’s opening speaker was Col. Jeff Waechter of the Joint Forces Staff College, who spoke on his institution’s progress on creating a continuous learning environment for the joint warfighter.  Colonel Waechter emphasized the role that education plays in today’s military environment, which must face widespread and fast-paced challenges in the face of fiscal constraints.  He argued that online and distance education presents interactive and engaging learning opportunities for the military, and predicted that digital learning tools would play an expanded role in the future of Joint Forces education.

Next Generation SCORM & Social Learning Later in the day, we heard presentations on topics ranging from mobile applications that can be leveraged for military learning to Blackboard-specific training strategies.  The keynote speaker, Advanced Distributed Learning’s Aaron Silvers, also gave a thought-provoking presentation on Project Tin Can and the next generation of SCORM.  Silvers emphasized that better media interaction and more accurate learner assessment will be key features of tomorrow’s e-learning software.  He also discussed the important role that informal learning and social networks can play in military training, and argued that future e-learning technologies should help foster this type of collaborative learning.

Maximizing Blackboard for Military With Blackboard empowering thousands of military professionals around the world to foster learning, share information, and work collaboratively, we are proud to gather peers together to share experiences and best practices.   Attendees have already navigated the policies and procedures for implementing online learning and now want to maximize courseware, management, and cost savings.

Of course, aside from ensuring that METBUG attendees are making the most of the full capabilities of the Blackboard platform, there was plenty of time for socializing and networking after the full day of presentations!

Overall, METBUG 2012 was a highly informative meeting those across the military and intelligence training industry, especially those who leverage Blackboard solutions within their institutions.  To learn more about Blackboard’s military partnerships, visit our website and be sure to participate in future METBUG events!

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