TRADOC picks Blackboard Inc.

Oct. 31, 2011 at 9:25 AM
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command has selected Blackboard Inc.'s Learn platform for training in various skills to more than 150,000 troops annually.

Blackboard Learn 9.1 will support TRADOC's Army Learning Concept 2015 initiative, which emphasizes the usage of blended and continuous learning environments to quickly meet mission demands through in-depth, customizable training.

In addition to preparing current students for the realities they'll face in the field, TRADOC will also use the platform as a "reachback solution" that keeps officers continuously enrolled in classes so they can access the latest information as they face combat situations on rapidly evolving battlefields throughout their careers.

"As we develop the Army's soldiers and civilians it is essential we leverage training technology that gives the structure, speed and flexibility needed to keep troops at peak performance," said Valerie Wilkinson, chief of the learning management support team at TRADOC. "With Blackboard Learn, training is agile enough for rapid responses, robust enough to accommodate our global reach and accessible enough to quickly engage learners regardless of where they are stationed."

The Army estimates that by expanding their training program with Blackboard Learn, the wait lists for mandatory courses will be reduced by about 18,000 students and that training will be extended to more than 96,000 additional warfighters annually.

"The training tools required to wage a successful military campaign need to rely on innovative technologies that go beyond basic knowledge of strategy and tactics and creates an environment where soldiers can share information and ideas about mission critical duties in real time," said Tim Hill, president of Blackboard Professional Education."

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