Distributed learning is the delivery of education and training to students not resident at the school location through any means, including mobile training teams, print, electronically mediated instruction, satellite, video, audio-graphic, computer based, multi-media technology and other forms of learning at a distance. Distributed learning includes products referred to as correspondence courses, distance learning and computer based instruction. Below are several noteworthy distributed learning programs:
The Total Army Distributed Learning Program (TADLP) provides detailed information on distance learning initiatives within the agency. The plan can be viewed online at: Army Distributed Learning Program.
The Training and Doctrine Command's (TRADOC) training media support programs include interactive courseware, optical information networks, visual information/multi-media production/distribution, video teletraining, training support centers and a training doctrine/literature program. Additional information can be obtained online at: Training Media Support Teams.
The Defense Acquisition University (DAU) provides a variety of satellite/streaming video broadcast and interactive courseware.
A list of distance learning sites for Leader Development courses can be found at the Civilian Personnel Online - Leader Development Listing.
Army eLearning Program (Skillport) (Formerly referred to as Skillsoft or SmartForce) This website offers a wide variety of courseware products covering language training, leadership, management, Lean Six Sigma, NSPS preparation, computer software, networks, programming languages, and other computer-related courses (including end-user training in such topics as Microsoft Word, Excel, the Internet, email, etc.). The courses are available at no charge to any Army military or civilian employee.
Army Correspondence Course Program (Army Institute for Professional Development) (Internet/Online) This site is the portal for products in the Army Correspondence Courses.
US Army Logistics Management College (ALMC)
Army Materiel Command (AMC)
Graduate School USA (Most courses require command funding.)
General Services Administration (GSA)(Most courses require command funding.)
Local colleges, universities and private companies may offer correspondence courses, as well, at relatively low costs. (Most courses require command funding.)
Enrollment procedures and catalogs are available at your Civilian Personnel Advisory Center (CPAC) as well as the Army Education Center.