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Members of the ADL Initiative win a TTCP Team Achievement Award

November 14, 2022

On 21 September 2022, the Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP) announced that the Future Defense Learning Research Team was awarded the Human Performance and Resources Group’s Human Resources Technical Panel Team Achievement Award for their analysis of the Twenty-Five Emerging Trends in Learning and their Implications for Military Partners: An International Study. The multinational team comprised delegates from the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and representing the United States were two ADL Initiative team members, former Director Dr. Sae Schatz and Outreach Coordinator Bojana Andrejevic. As a proud member of the TTCP community, the ADL Initiative was honored to be among the 2022 award recipients.

The recognized study began in 2019 and was first introduced the same year at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education (I/ITSEC) conference in Orlando, Florida. The study aimed to understand how defense organizations can evolve and modernize learning strategies. To accomplish this, the team first conducted a literature review evaluating reports written by professionals and policymakers within industry and academia. After a methodical refinement process, 25 learning trends emerged within four categories: Learning Design, Learning Delivery, Enabling and Managing Learning, and Learning at Scale. The trends were then translated into a survey shared with the members across the five nations to gain insights directly from the defense community. After the TTCP delegates analyzed the questionnaire results, eight recommendations emerged as opportunities for future development. These include mobile learning, learning analytics, “point of need” learning, individual personalized learning, content repositories, eBooks, and game-based learning. Read the complete study here.

Continuing the award-winning work, the group plans to further expand/build on this research, particularly looking into the impact of COVID on these trends. Results are expected in 2023.