New teaching methods to help defence educators in NATO Partner countries

  • Last updated: 12 Aug. 2010 14:11

Defence educators from NATO’s Partner countries gained a better understanding of how to improve teaching skills through student-centered learning at NATO’s Partnership for Peace (PfP) Consortium's fourth annual Defence Educators' Programme. The event was co-hosted by the University of Ljubljana and the Slovenian Armed Forces Doctrine, Development and Training Command, from 21 to 24 June 2010.

The participants learned multiple approaches to teaching and learning such as active versus passive learning, the role of the Bolognaprocess, and how to assess both student learning and one's own teaching. The Bolognaprocess aims to create more comparable standards for academic degrees and quality assurance throughout Europe. Of its 47 members, however, 20 are not part of the EU.

The programme also covered how to leverage technology to enhance education, using blended learning, simulations, scenario developments, multimedia, e- and distance learning, and video lectures. 

Having learned about the international community of practice and ways in which technology can help to build communities of practice, the participants returned to their countries with a deeper understanding of learning methodologies useable in their institutions.

Twenty-three educators traveled to this year’s event from 11 NATO and Partner countries plus Afghanistan, thanks to funding by NATO and the US Warsaw Initiative Funds. A team of six experienced educators under the supervision of Dr Kathaleen Reid-Martinez conducted the programme.

In total, some 100 partner educators have attended the last four annual Defence Educators’ Programmes.

The Minister of Defence of Slovenia, Dr Ljubica Jelusic, gave a keynote address and hosted a reception for participants at the Ministry.