IT&E Modernization (CAF Campus) - Learning without Boundaries
After more than two years of analysis, collaboration, innovation and integration of initiatives from throughout the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the learning science communities, the IT&E Modernization (CAF Campus) Operational Framework is ready.
The initial 2007 strategic IT&E modernization effort stalled, but with Armed Forces' Council’s (AFC) 2010 renewal of the mandate and driven by the Chief of the Defence Staff Initiating Directive, the Military Personnel Generation (MILPERSGEN) Core Team led a pan-CAF partnership in the conduct of an extensive, vigorous and determined effort to identify the gaps and inefficiencies in the current Individual Training & Education (IT&E) system.
Developed by the partnership that came together in the IT&E Modernization Working Group, each phase in the refinement of IT&E Modernization (CAF Campus) was confirmed through broad engagement with the IT&E community. The strategic savings and the modernizing effect of IT&E Modernization (CAF Campus) are products of a learning architecture that identifies and leverages technical innovation and best practices from within the CAF and throughout industry, academia, our allies, and other government departments, and synchronizes IT&E investment across the Force.
This initiative will bring significant transformation to the CAF learning culture that will be motivated by the implementation of this modern learning architecture. CAF Campus will affect traditional training approaches and embrace the nature of a true modern learning organization.
The following four projects were selected to support the Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
- Learning Support Centres (LSC) — provide the main learning content development capabilities and IT&E specialist consultancy services. The LSC network is equipped to provide a common baseline of integrated learning development services, consultancy services and support services, centralized contracting and the rationalization of IT&E. Each LSC participates in a virtual development network enable sharing of expert advice and best practices. In some cases, individual LSCs will be equipped with specialty capabilities that will serve the entire LSC network;
- IT&E Modernization (CAF Campus) Enterprise Engine — includes the operating platform, related capabilities and key tools. A digital learning management system with 24/7 access to learning, with a learning content repository;
- Performance Management Framework — will provide measurements to guide strategic and operational decisions regarding the ongoing evolution of IT&E Modernization (CAF Campus) and will provide Program Alignment Architecture inputs; and
- Common Capabilities — will include the enterprise tools and capabilities that enable the efficient application of modern instructional techniques, including. Prior Learning Assessment Review, Rationalized Training Delivery, Research & Development (R&D), and the Instructor Development Program.
In the end, the IT&E Modernization (CAF Campus) positions the Forces to maintain its operational edge in the face of resource constraints and an increasingly complex and challenging security environment. It is a strategically driven, pan-CAF synchronized performance oriented learning architecture that supports the transformation of the CAF learning culture for the 21st century.
Every CAF member is a user and have access to the tools (virtual resource centre, learning plan, 3D models, R&D reports, synthetic environments, serious games, micro-blogging, etc) and resources appropriate to their particular status as a learner, instructor, content developer, instructional designer, or training manager/administrator when and where they are needed.