To Make Army PME Distance Learning Work, Make it Social

Contributing USMA Research Unit(s)

Center for Junior Officers, Faculty Learning Innovation Collaboration and Research

Publication Date

Spring 2013

Publication Title

Military Review

Document Type



Army Distance Learning (dL) is not living up to its full potential. This article proposes an immediate fix for dL PME courses to make them more relevant for participants and thereby enhance their standing in the PME hierarchy. The fix is to incorporate social learning, using a variety of resources to connect learners in conversation around professionally relevant content. Introducing a social component into dL PME can, if done properly,increase the relative value of these courses and bring those more into line with the Army’s stated doctrine for learning environments.

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