Magazine article National Defense

E-Learning Replacing Conventional Classrooms, Says Navy Admiral

Magazine article National Defense

E-Learning Replacing Conventional Classrooms, Says Navy Admiral

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The Navy is planning to invest $37 million during the next five years to update service "learning environments," according to Rear Adm. David Brewer, deputy chief of naval education and training (CNET). This money will be spent on fiber-optic wiring for classrooms, faster computers and advanced distributed learning programs, he told an industry briefing in Orlando, Fla.

With more than 21,000 employees, CNET is one of the largest commands in the U.S. Navy, Brewer explained. "Every sailor in the Navy is a graduate of CNET. For this reason, we have to transfer more knowledge faster to more sailors," he said. By using the electronic classroom to train everyone from mechanics to pilots, the Navy will net about $59.2 million in savings, he estimated. Man-hour savings are projected to total about 733 hours for a training process that graduated 1,200 more sailors last year than the year before, said Brewer. By using more computerized learning technology, this could account for a 20 percent reduction in training time, he stated.

This training shift has been facilitated by increased reliance on computer-generated simulation, he continued. …

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