The first DRESMARA's ADL related initiative took place in 2004, when a "Partnership for Learning Pilot Program (PLPP)" was organized and conducted in collaboration with the Canadian Forces Language School, with the support of the Romanian Human Resources Management Directorate.
The parties involved were two Canadian instructors, the participants to the second and third series of DRESMARA's resident English Language Course on Management and NATO Terminology, DRESMARA's English teaching staff, along with the IT compartment's personnel.
In 2006, having in mind that the Regional Department of Defense Resources Management Studies technical infrastructure was designed to facilitate the implementation of ADL support to resident courses, DRESMARA's leadership decided to investigate the possibility of adding e-Learning technology to its educational capabilities and services.
In the process, we based our thinking on our general educational and training objectives, on DRESMARA mission, and the military and civilian educational and training frameworks.
In the last four years, with the initial support (in terms of technical assistance, instructional design and guidance of using LMS) of the Advanced Distributed Learning Department within the National Defense University "CAROL I", we developed a complementary online support package for each of the resident courses that are part of DRESMARA's educational offer.
e) an Educational Process Evaluation Questionnaire --the questionnaire is anonymous and aims to identify the graduates' level of satisfaction regarding the main educational services offered by DRESMARA; the answers are analyzed in order to find solutions to improve the activity;
During the last four years, the PfP Consortium Advanced Distributed Learning Working Group (ADL WG) meetings helped us to keep in touch with the latest developments and efforts to bring innovative and effective methods, practices and technology to the NATO Alliance and the Partnership for Peace Program, in order to enhance education and training initiatives and enrich DRESMARA's course offering.
After a two year effort, as a tangible result of discussions between members of DRESMARA Information Technology (IT) Office and NATO School ADL Office, held during several PfP ADL WG meetings, we are about to sign a memorandum of Understanding with NATO School from Oberammergau, Germany regarding the use and update of the "Resource Management in NATO" online course.
The online course will be co-developed by both parties and will benefit the Alliance and Partner Nations and support the aims of the NATO School and DRESMARA. The course will start in spring 2011 and will disseminate Defense Resource Management knowledge and experience among interested participants.