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Blending formal and informal learning: Collaboration in armed forces digital learning environments

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The aim of this paper is to explore the possibilities collaboration offers in the virtual learning environments of the armed forces. I will argue that for reasons of culture and structure in the armed forces, the opportunities created by collaborative learning activities in e-learning and blended learning are especially fruitful here.
Collaboration is a pervasive, foundational form of activity in our armies, air forces and navies. It expresses itself in cultural traits such as never leaving a soldier behind, taking your share and being someone you can count on, to name a few. Moreover, most armed forces activities are structured forms of collaboration; staff work, tactical planning, active duty and so forth are all day-to-day examples. Collaborative activities in virtual learning spaces tap into that culture.
However, and perhaps confusingly, a study I conducted last year at the Royal Danish Defence College (RDDC) revealed that resistance to online courses with collaborative activities is common.
Through learning theory, motivational theory and practical examples, this paper will explore how we can succeed in tapping into the existing culture of collaboration. A deeper understanding of this issue will lead to improved online learning course design as well as increased long-term learning for our cadets and officers.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date25 Apr 2017
Publication statusPublished - 25 Apr 2017
EventNordic conference for Advanced Distributed Learning - Hotel Tylösand, Halmstad, Sweden
Duration: 24 Apr 201727 Apr 2017


ConferenceNordic conference for Advanced Distributed Learning
LocationHotel Tylösand
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