Rapidly Deployable Learning
for Rapidly Deployable Forces

CLIENT: Leader Development and Education for Sustained Peace Programs
PROJECT: Leader Development and Education for Sustained Peace Program Online Courses and News Services

Teleologic worked with the LDESP program manager to develop an advanced, modularized set of courses and regular news updates to prepare units deploying to stability operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The target audience for this program consists of Brigade Staffs and subordinate unit leaders, both from the reserve and active component. There are many demands on the time of this group of learners. The online courses enable officers to learn more about the operational environment, and prepare for the LDESP seminar while they are training to deploy on their mission, attending to their regular civilian jobs (with the reserve) and their families.

Business Challenges

The LDESP program needed a specialized online education program that focused on advancing senior officers' understanding of players, political processes and principles, and specific in-country context typically involved in stability operations.

How could Teleologic design an effective and relevant set of online learning materials that would focus the learners' limited availability on the key outcomes?

How could Teleologic ensure that learners were given access to up-to-date content in extremely dynamic stability operations areas?

Teleologic Solutions

Teleologic, in consultation with the client, developed online courses that placed the history, political structure, cultural influences, and the security situation in the country of operation within context of the learners' mission. These courses are supported by regular updates on the relevant issues, events, and threats in-country.

Outcomes-oriented: What does the client hope to achieve with this program? How does Teleologic's solution help them achieve those outcomes?

  • Clearly articulate the client's need to fill an educational gap identified by its senior officers.
  • Regularly communicate with client and learners to ensure that content is appropriate and useful.
  • Design an architecture that can accommodate change, and adjust to dynamic political situations and learning needs quickly and effectively.

Learner-centric: How does the solution assess and accommodate learners' needs?

  • Provided concise, modular lessons for quick, just-in-time learning.
  • In addition to the necessary and specific country context and information, also focused on processes and perspectives that retain value beyond specific in-country situations.
  • Attention to building decision-making abilities where highly politicized situations lack pre-defined desirable outcome.
  • Provided regular bi-weekly email information briefings to ensure busy professionals have access to up-to-date situational analysis.
  • Made extensive use of lessons learned from those who have relevant experience to support those who are staging to deploy.

Technologically Appropriate: What are the technological parameters of the learners and learning environment?

  • Since the courses needed to be updated and entire topics redone in a few days, the Logistica development environment was selected. This development system allowed us to easily reorganize, re-purpose, and clone out content for quick updates and minimal rework.
  • Used judiciously selected, low-resolution graphics to allow learners to access the site from anywhere in the world.