“The Army Learning Model (ALM) 2015 does not focus on any particular technology, but rather focuses on the opportunities presented by dynamic virtual environments, by on-line gaming and by mobile learning. It speaks of access to applications, the blending of physical and virtual collaborative environments and learning outcomes.” This was a statement made by Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Headquartered in New Jersey, D2 TEAM-Sim (D2) is a division of Appliedinfo Partners, Inc. Its Distributed Instruction Framework (DIF®) provides a complete solution for effective e-learning courseware development, maintenance, sustainment, and reuse based on the challenges described in the ALM 2015. John T. Lau is co-founder of Appliedinfo Partners, Inc and President of the company since its inception in 1990 with his wife, Betty, as the CEO.
DIF allows developers, subject matter experts, instructional designers, and other e-learning personnel to collaboratively create content, independently of contractors, enabling a controllable, rapid and low cost delivery schedule and environment. Government users can update and maintain material rapidly, as assets are readily available to anyone permitted to work on courseware development. With the ability to work collaboratively, reducing the time and cost associated with travel and individualized input, plus the immediate access to updated assets, the development process is accelerated, getting the training in the hands of the end-users quicker and at a significantly reduced cost.
As part of a soldier learner-centric education learning environment, DIF courses can easily be custom-tailored to specific units and/or groups based on their previous knowledge or training. DIF allows content developers to upload and access multimedia assets like audio, video, 3D games and checks on learning to provide engaging content and promote user knowledge retention.
D2 offers sales of DIF enterprise licenses and annual maintenance, hosting of the DIF solution, multimedia courseware development and support services, including video production and 3D gaming development.
The factors that set DIF apart from its competitors are its: User Friendliness, Collaborative Nature, WYSIWYG Web-Based Solution, Standards-Based Technology, Global Repository, Version Control and Security.
Given the collaborative nature of the product, D2 sees traction in the Department of Defense, large government departments and agencies, and enterprise non-profit and commercial clients. D2 recently received the Certificate of Networthiness (CoN) for DIF, allowing access to operate within US Army networks to support higher levels of security content.Their illustrious clientele include: US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) The Capability Manager for The Army Distributed Learning Program (TCM TADLP). The sample schoolhouses under TRADOC include: Maneuver Center of Excellence (MCoE), Fires Center of Excellence (FCoE) including the Patriot Missile School, Cyber Center of Excellence, Training Brain Operations Center (TBOC), Army Training Support Center (ATSC), Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, & Explosives Command (CBRNE), Combined Arms Command – Training (CAC-T), National Simulation Center, Army National Guard (ARNG) and many more.
Elaborating a case study to highlight the benefits brought to one of its clients, Lau said, “Appliedinfo Partners, Inc. (AIP), through its D2 TEAM-Sim (D2) division, was awarded a multi-year contract to continue the implementation for an enterprise license agreement in support of Distributed Learning (DL) integration for TCM TADLP.”
This partnership provides the US Army Schoolhouses, one of the largest training institutions in the world, with the capability to design, develop, maintain, and reuse Distributed Learning (DL) components through TRADOC’s Enterprise Content Development Capability (ECDC) powered by D2’s Distributed Instruction Framework (DIF®).
Moving forward the company is planning to open up more doors related to mission learning. After the successful deployment in the US Army network, DIF is being looked at by other Federal agencies. Due to its ability to share assets and contents anywhere and anytime, DIF will provide a much needed ecosystem within the government to efficiently and effectively reuse training resources to save time and money. D2 is well poised to penetrate the commercial enterprise and academic institutions as well. Their offerings in the cyber-security arena for awareness and game-based professional training should also allow broader adoption within the government space.