Commercial Integrator June 2022 - Special Section 5

Education/Distance Learning
Collaboration and
Education are not New
COVID-19 didn't invent distance learning. What it did was shine a light on
the need for quality programs and resources. By Dr. Reggie Smith III
AS I REFLECT upon my
30-plus years in distance
education and training, I see
the promise of collaborative
technologies even more now
due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Through it all, the world
has taken notice of the role
technology plays in improving
collaboration. My goal here
is to show how collaboration
technologies in education
existed for many years before
the pandemic, and how the
whole space encompasses
more than you might think.
An Enduring Legacy
In the 1990s, I remember
working for the Black College
Satellite Network (BCSN),
which was founded in 1981
by Dr. Mabel P. Phifer and Dr.
Walter C. Barwick. Although
BCSN is no longer in existence
today, its legacy lives
on across Historically Black
Colleges and Universities
(HBCUs) - and beyond. This
is because BCSN was at the
forefront of developing and
deploying telecommunication
infrastructures that aimed
to fuel the development and
support of HBCU distance-education
programs. This was
my first taste of collaboration
via interactive videoconferencing
and satellite technologies.
The impact on colleges,
organizations and school
systems was impressive.
Most people new to distance
learning over the last
couple of years probably think
it refers only to videoconferencing
(Zoom, Webex, Teams)
or some other specific type of
technology. In fact, the term
" distance learning " encompasses
the full array of current
and emerging technologies
that organizations are using to
deliver educational experiences
and products. According to
Holden, Westfall and Gamor
(2010), " Distance learning
includes e-learning, texting,
social networking, virtual
worlds, game-based learning,
webinars and a lot more. It's
the internet. It's Google. It's
broadband and satellite and
cable and wireless. It includes
corporate universities; virtual
universities; blended learning;
mobile learning. It's using
our phones and computers
and whatever technology
comes next, all in new and
different ways not yet realized.
Distance learning brings education
and training to where
students or trainees are, connecting
[them] to worldwide
learning communities. "
In fact, not too long ago
(and before the other tools),
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the National Guard Bureau
(NGB) launched an initiative
called the Distributive Training
Technology Project (DTTP).
DTTP provided community-based
distributive learning
classrooms that increased
access to military training at
the lowest cost. The project
complemented the Total Army
Distance Learning Program
(TADLP) by providing additional
classrooms and access.
High-Tech Classrooms
DTTP converted available
space in armories, colleges,
libraries and other locations
into high-tech classrooms.
Classrooms were linked via
state-of-the-art telecommunications
to centralized
training and teleconference
facilities in all 50 states, three
territories and the District of
Columbia, resulting in a fully
interactive training infrastructure
where both military and
civilian studies could be
conducted. More than 300
classrooms were installed in a
wide variety of configurations.
DTTP's multimedia classrooms
were connected by
GuardNet, the Guard's network
that carried voice, video
and data for NGB initiatives.
Consider the pandemic.
We only need to look back to
March 2006 to see how the
National Guard leveraged
DTTP with the chief of the National
Guard Bureau (CNGB)
to successfully conduct a
nationwide Pandemic Influenza
(PI) Tabletop Exercise (TTX)
via video tele-conference
(VTC) and audio-conference
with participants in 50 states,
two territories, the Commonwealth
of Puerto Rico and
the District of Columbia. The
TTX enhance the National
Guard and State Emergency
Management Agencies' ability
to plan for and respond to a PI
outbreak.
The TTX itself was conducted
as an unclassified,
multipoint videoconference.
This event was considered
a resounding success and
connected more sites than
any other single National
Guard event. It included 95
sites, 1,237 participants and
38 Multipoint Control Units
(MCUs), including three
Interim Satellite Incident Site
Communications Set (ISISCS)
kits, one Joint Incident Site
Communications Capability
(JISCC) kit and the J3 conference
at the Riviera Hotel in
Las Vegas. Again, leveraging
collaborative technologies
connecting classrooms, video
bridges and even satellite
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