More than Tablets: Digital Learning - On the Necessity and Possibilities of Digital Learning for BOS.

Corona is forcing many institutions and organizations to become digital. There are now virtual music lessons for children and restaurants are hosting virtual cooking classes in the evenings. Organizations have learned in this area. But it's not just pandemics that require rapid learning and adaptability from organizations. Climate change and geostrategic shifts create other threat environments. They require continuous development of all organization, especially in the area of authorities and organizations with security tasks (BOS).

Modern learning

The organization's capabilities and opportunities to adapt to these challenges are determined in large part by the skills of its employees. Flexible, continuous learning of the organization as a whole as well as of each individual employee is therefore increasingly becoming an essential success factor, if not even a survival factor.

In the area of individual learning, new learning concepts are coming to the fore as a result of digitization. Virtual learning groups, individual learning paths, virtual cognitively controlled role plays, virtual realities and blended learning are only becoming feasible thanks to new technological possibilities. Technological achievements essential to the field of learning include cognitive computing, VR/AR, IoT and sensor technology, mobile devices and high-speed networks.

Scalability of solutions

To make the most of these opportunities, modern digital learning environments are needed on the one hand, and regulatory frameworks that support virtual learning operations on the other. The learning environment must adapt flexibly to user needs and, especially for BOS, provide the necessary security levels for classified content and flexible access from security-relevant environments.

In addition to the security aspect, particular attention is paid to scalability, both in terms of area and capacity. Furthermore, the flexible and timely distribution of learning content, location-independent availability through mobile devices as well as learning content individually tailored to the user are essential requirements for these learning environments.

Digital learning in practice

There are already projects in which IT service providers in particular are combining innovative technological possibilities with learning concepts based on them in the area of BOS. BWI, for example, operates the IT at the Bundeswehr (german army) Command and Staff College. The Bundeswehr itself presented its "Leading Tomorrow Learning Today" program last June. It is an innovation lab for new learning that is to be expanded into a "Digital Training Academy for Lifelong Learning" within the next two years.

Collaboration and cooperation

In addition to the employees of the IT service providers, consultants also provide support. They combine technical expertise with numerous practical experiences gained in projects over the years. Collaboration is required from conception through product selection to implementation and roll-out. Only in this way can as many perspectives as possible be brought to bear. Because only if the learning offering is multifaceted, of good quality, accessible and comprehensible will people have a desire to learn.