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ABSI's ISD Team is Well-Positioned to Help Clients Continue Training through Covid-19
There’s no escaping the fact that Covid-19 has forced a change into many industries. And while the virus is undisputedly a bad thing, change is not always negative, even when it’s hard.
The requirement for people to remain in their homes and the imperative for them to remain productive has put a spotlight on any enabler that assists in those goals—specifically technological enablers. One industry that was already ahead of many in that area is education and training, a key focus for ABSI Aerospace & Defense. Public school systems and universities have had to fast track potentially untested methods of instructional delivery, as have companies across the globe as they seek to keep employees trained, proficient and efficient, and ABSI is pleased to be helping with that.
For ABSI’s clients, in many cases, business continues as usual, since the development of distance learning via online delivery and virtual instructional methods has been the focus of our work from the beginning, along with the development of new skillsets based in advancing technologies like unmanned systems. ABSI instructional design experts have built their knowledge over careers served throughout the defense and commercial sectors, including time spent in key staff capacities developing innovative training solutions for the United States Marine Corps—the very nature of which requires flexible, distributed, on-demand training. In other words, ABSI ISD team members cut their teeth on the “right deliver/right now” mentality that many educational sectors have been forced to adopt thanks to Covid-19.
The role of an instructional designer is to assess and evaluate a training need, and then develop and implement the right mix of training media to effectively deliver and assess required skills. Our trainers have developed complicated scenarios to train manned and unmanned systems to work together, including ground-based assets like Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs) working with helicopters and unmanned systems to complete missions in congested airspace. They’ve built and delivered counter-UAS training for first responders, utilizing a mix of classroom and field training scenarios. And they’ve constructed training solutions from the ground up for brand new operators of complicated aerial platforms.
Today, by incorporating online learning management systems, multi-media delivery and assessment, and ABSI’s SecondSky live, virtual, constructive system, our ISD team is finding innovative ways to push learning forward, even when classroom instruction is not an option.
Next week’s post will share best practices and new ideas for anyone seeking ways to continue employee or client learning with virtual training media.