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Army Virtual Learning Environment

Your requirements are extremely important in the development of the Performance Work Statement (PWS). Be sure to plan for all the steps of the ADDIE process to ensure we have a complete set of requirements for the contractor to follow.

THE DISTRIBUTED LEARNING (DL) CONTENT PROCESS

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COMMON VS. UNIQUE REQUIREMENTS

There are two broad categories for requirements, Common and Unique. What is common? There are many sections of the performance work statement that are common for all Requesting Activities (RA). These common sections are indicated in black text on the Sample PWS. If you have exceptions to any of these sections and need to modify them to fit your requirements, please contact your COR. Instructions are indicated using red text. What are your unique requirements? For most Requesting Activities (RAs), the Sample PWS will provide a comprehensive starting point for construction of your organization’s work statement. The blue text indicates choice text for Background, Scope, Target Audience, and SME qualifications. Choice text is indicated using italicized blue text in [square brackets]. Choose from the list provided or enter your own requirement.

Courseware Registration Site

The purpose of The Army Distributed Learning Program (TADLP) Registration website is to provide an Army-wide capability for the registration, submission, and approval of distributed learning (DL) products. The site is initially used for products that are to be developed using the centralized contract managed by the TADLP and later for both contract requirement/registration when procedures for Registration have been developed. Registration means that schools, Centers of Excellence (CoEs), and other agencies not competing for TADLP resources will indicate their intent to develop content for services such as in-house development, migration, etc.

All Army requesting activities (Army Commands, Army Service Component Commands, Direct Reporting Units, program managers, and program executive officers) must use this site for registering distributed learning products and TADLP centralized contract requirements. As we develop the Registration portion of the website, additional information will be provided to assist you in your development efforts. The purpose is to capture all development efforts to assist the Army in prioritizing, implementing, fielding, and hosting of Army DL products.

Visit the Army Courseware Registration Site

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THE ARMY VIRTUAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENT (AVLE)

Traditional interactive multimedia instruction has become tired, predictable, and unengaging. In many cases, presentation was linear with forced sequencing through the content. Today’s Soldier is interested in new technology and its use in instruction. They expect content that is realistic and engages the senses. They expect content to adapt to their learning preferences and experience level. The Army Virtual Learning Environment (AVLE) provides this experience for today’s Soldiers and Leaders.

AVLE (Army Virtual Learning Environment) is the fourth centralized distributed learning contract vehicle for U.S. Army training and education distributed learning. The AVLE was awarded in February 2018 and will expand upon the capability of previous contract vehicles. Proposals from six Prime contractors qualifying as Small Business, (a) set-aside business, were accepted and comprise the resources at our disposal to execute the DDL mission. Each prime was selected for expertise in the areas of modeling, simulations, gaming, and high quality education products.

AVLE emphasizes high quality learner-controlled media that supports multiple delivery types and deemphasizes linear courseware presentation. AVLE enables five levels of interactivity (0-4) that uses delivery types not used before in Distributed Learning (DL). These delivery models include synthetic tutors, gaming engines, and virtual reality googles which engage all human senses.

WHAT’S NEW WITH AVLE:

Traditional interactive multimedia instruction has become tired, predictable, and unengaging. In many cases, presentation was linear with forced sequencing through the content. Today’s Soldier is interested in new technology and its use in instruction. They expect content that is realistic and engages the senses. They expect content to adapt to their learning preferences and experience level. The Army Virtual Learning Environment (AVLE) provides this experience for today’s Soldiers and Leaders.

Five Levels of Interactivity

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AVLE enables five levels of interactivity (0-4) that uses delivery types not used before in distributed learning. These delivery modalities include synthetic tutors, gaming engines, and virtual reality googles which engage all human senses. This new level of interactivity will require a contractor to hire and retain throughout development experts in their respective fields; highly skilled graphic designers, CAD designers, programmers, and highly skilled subject matter experts to ensure the accuracy and fidelity of the images and detailed and realistic operation of depicted systems and equipment.

AVLE DELIVERY modalities

AVLE Delivery Modality and Methodologies

Augmented reality also called mediated reality, offers a view of reality is modified by a computer. As a result, the technology functions by enhancing one’s current perception of reality. Artificial Intelligence using computers and computer software that perceives the environment and takes actions to maximize success. Used in matching humans against machines to engage critical thinking and problem solving.


New Standards and Specifications

Next Generation SCORM, experience API, Gaming system specifications, Modeling standards. This contract provides a new way of thinking about Army Distributed Learning (DL), a new way of thinking about “courseware” and clicking the “NEXT” button. While courseware is certainly one of the products available under this contract it is not the focus of the contract. With AVLE you can order learning content at the object level, an animation, a video, a simulation, or a serious game. Each learning content object (LCO) can be used and reused in multiple ways and in multiple modalities.


Best Value / Trade-Off

This new contract vehicle will award based on best value/tradeoff. Best Value is the expected outcome of an acquisition that, in the Government’s estimation, provides the greatest overall benefit in response to the requirement. This results from a tradeoff between non-cost factors and cost/price which allows the Government to accept other than the lowest priced proposal or other than the highest technically rated proposal to achieve a best value contract award. Determination of best value – tradeoff does require additional steps for the team to consider but the outcome will more than justify those steps.


AVLE Supports the Army Learning Model

This new contract supports the Army Learning Model, a learner-centric environment, and provides Army agencies the flexibility to use changing and emerging technology to meet their distributed learning (DL) training development objectives and requirements. Army agencies can procure a broad range of content, multimedia elements and targeted training and educational products using this contract. Proponents can request content, animations, or 3D modeling, for example, to complement any in-house production. Products supporting mobile technology can also be requested through the AVLE.


AVLE Requires Specific Reports and Surveillance

The AVLE is a service contract requiring specific reporting and surveillance requirements. Proponents will appoint an On Site Contracting Officer Representative (OS-COR) or Quality Assurance Evaluator (QAE) to perform oversight of each AVLE Task Order. A requirement of a service contract is to develop a Quality Assurance Surveillance Plan (QASP). Properly managed, a QASP will hold the contractor accountable for quality control and will encourage the contractor to take appropriate steps to improve quality. The OS-CORs or QAEs will report to the DDL CORs who will evaluate the reporting and performance and authorize payments to the appropriate contractor. The COR will develop a monthly schedule of surveillance activities based on the Performance Standards as outlined in the Performance Requirements Summary of each Task Order.

The AVLE requires a level of oversight at the DDL level and at the proponent level. That oversight is required by the conditions of the contract and is a necessary requirement for anyone using the AVLE. The AVLE is the vehicle to empower proponents to build DL content specific to their individual requirements.

CONSTRUCTING THE AVLE PERFORMANCE WORK STATEMENT

Your requirements are important in the development of the Performance Work Statement. Be sure to plan for all the steps of the ADDIE (ADDIE is an acronym for the five stages of a development process: Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation). The ADDIE model relies on each stage accomplished a given order with a focus on reflection and iteration. The ADDIE process ensures we have a complete set of requirements for the contractor to follow.

Download the Sample Performance Work Statements

There are two broad categories for requirements, common and unique.

What is common? There are many sections of the performance work statement that are common for all Requesting Activities (RA). These common sections are indicated in black text on the Sample PWS. If you have exceptions to any of these sections and need to modify them to fit your requirements, please contact your COR. Instructions are indicated using red text. What are your unique requirements? For most Requesting Activities (RAs), the Sample PWS will provide a comprehensive starting point for construction of your organization’s work statement. The blue text indicates choice text for Background, Scope, Target Audience, and SME qualifications. Choice text is indicated using italicized blue text in [square brackets]. Choose from the list provided or enter your own requirement.