Technology is transforming education: insights from industry experts

During a recent talk at the Defense Simulation Education Training (DSET) conference, leading experts from various military sectors shared their views on integrating technology into education and training.

Jonathan Searle, from the MOD and Cranfield University, Colonel Colin Thomas from the British Army Land Warfare Center and Lt CDR Michael Quinn from the Naval Command’s Future Training department shed light on the challenges and opportunities associated with utilisation. of technology for effective learning and skill development.

Defense simulation courses sponsored by the MOD

In the presentation by Jonathan Searle, MOD and Cranfield University, Searle highlighted the diverse range of courses and programs available at the UK Defense Academy and Cranfield University.

Funded by the MOD, these courses cover different levels of expertise and cover topics such as defense simulation, military operational analysis and defense simulation and modelling.

Searle emphasized the importance of hands-on training in the Simulation and Synthetic Environment Lab, which focuses on the practical application of modeling and simulation principles and technologies.

Searle emphasized the need to use the right tool for the job and ensure that education and training align with the specific requirements of different roles and responsibilities in the defense sector.

Esports as an integration of technology

Colonel Colin Thomas focused on integrating technology into education, particularly within the British Army. He emphasized the need for technology to empower junior staff and provide easily accessible training simulations.

He discussed the success of the British Army Esports programme, which leverages gaming technology to make training simulations popular, practical and potentially beneficial for future training.

Colonel Thomas highlighted the challenges facing training, including limited training opportunities, the difficulty of in-unit training and the high expectations of trainees.

He emphasized the importance of using familiar and enjoyable training simulations and easy access through gaming nodes. The potential for continued growth and contractual opportunities in technology-driven education was also discussed.

Optimism for the future of submarine training

Lieutenant CDR Michael Quinn provided insight into the specific challenges and opportunities in submarine training. He discussed the ongoing transition to the Royal Navy’s Submarine Training Center and the modernization of courses.

The development of the Combat System Operator Trainer and the challenges associated with transitioning to new classes of submarines were also discussed.

Quinn emphasized the need for operational software to facilitate training development and the importance of a holistic approach to combat systems training. He highlighted the challenges of producing consistent training needs analysis and called for improved quality and consistency.

Overall, Lt CDR Quinn expressed his optimism for the future of submarine training and the opportunities it offers for industry collaboration.

The talk on technology in education and training provided valuable insights from experts in the field. He emphasized the need for personalized and hands-on training programs, the importance of defining competencies and educational requirements, and the challenges associated with integrating technology into training environments.

These discussions pave the way for further technological advances to enhance defense learning and skill development.

On Tuesday at DSET, a keynote address highlighted the role of wargaming in decision-making and organizational development, as speakers discussed the strategic and tactical benefits.

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