Training systems officers set the example for virtual learning

Published on Mr Andrew Cox (author)

Topic(s): Training

Members of the Royal Australian Navy’s Training Force partipate in the Australian Institute of Training and Development Conference 2020 by video link. (photo: )
Members of the Royal Australian Navy’s Training Force partipate in the Australian Institute of Training and Development Conference 2020 by video link.

The Royal Australian Navy’s Training Force proved its adaptability when 21 members joined participants across the nation in a two-day virtual training and development conference.

The Australian Institute of Training and Development Conference 2020 (AITD 2020) is a key industry engagement activity for Training Force, helping Training Systems Officers remain at the forefront of Learning and Development industry best practice.

The conference was originally to be held at Sydney’s Luna Park with over 400 attendees and international keynote speakers.

Organisers and attendees showed agility and innovation when the event quickly changed to a virtual platform; participants logged in to the conference from homes and workplaces to take part in real life distributed learning on a large scale.

Captain Tony Mullan, Director Navy Training, said his team leaned in to the interactive online style after the event was changed from a conference in Sydney to virtual sessions.

Captain Mullan delivered a virtual presentation to the conference using Zoom VTC technology on the topic ‘The Future of Navy Training’.

“The quality of presentations and participant interaction showed beyond doubt that this is an area of training delivery that Navy should be investing in,” Captain Mullan said.

“I know the Training Force attendees gained a lot from their attendance. This has reinforced the importance of ensuring we provide professional development for our staff while embracing change and different ways of doing business.”

Instead of the usual conference networking over coffee, the Navy members posted comments and questions through the virtual conference platform.

In addition, Training Force attendees used ADELE to live chat about the conference presentations and implications for Navy Training.

Lieutenant Commander Sarah Mills was impressed by how quickly the conference adjusted to accommodate participants collaborating from geographically separated environments.

“It has shown us, as Training Professionals and Training Practitioners, how important it is for our learning methodologies to be agile in order to reach our learners in unique and engaging ways.

“As professionals and practitioners, it is essential to consider how our training translates in the online environment,” Lieutenant Commander Mills said.

Training Force intends to further showcase its innovative learning solutions through submissions into the 2020 AITD Excellence Awards later this year.