E-Learning History for Emergency Responders

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Instructor led training [ILT], also known as classroom training, was the traditional training method used for both military and police for the past 500 years, or more.  In the 1990’s, this began to change as the U.S. military realized that service jobs were requiring more advanced and measurable individualized training.  Let us look some early examples.  At the U.S. Air Force Medical School, instructors learned that by combining traditional ILT with self-paced online training, the traditional 16-week course for new medical doctors could be reduced to 8 weeks, or less.  Student and experienced pilots now “fly” computers, and tanker crews train in computerized simulators.

With a few exceptions, such as driving simulators and interactive shoot-don’t shoot systems, law enforcement and corrections managers have been slow to adopt distance-learning solutions.  In part, this is because traditional budget cycles and state funding have been earmarked to traditional academy training delivery.  As federal, state, and local training funds dry up, agencies are moving to more efficient, measurable, and effective alternative training methods.  Leading this change is distance learning [DL], where an officer can sit at a desk, or in his patrol unit, and take online training at their own pace, and with improved retention of critical information.  

Some progressive law enforcement academies are even combining ILT and DL delivery methods to address targeted training needs in such critical areas as tactical driving, firearms proficiency, and less lethal tactics.

About OSS Academy

To learn more about OSS Academy® and what we can do to advance your law enforcement and corrections education or meet your agency needs with high impact, cost effective online or instructor led training, contact a course development specialist or our Training Coordinator at 281-288-9190 ext. 205.

Upcoming E-Learning Online Courses

OSS Academy® is constantly updating and adding new online law enforcement and jailer distance learning courses, so check back often. Click here, for a listing of our specialized courses currently under development and scheduled for completion in 2015-16.

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