Critical to the success of improving our digital training capacity is the ability to manage that training content. To achieve this, the Dept. of the Army created the Central Army Registry (CAR). The CAR is a capability provided by ACM ATIS at https://rdl.train.army.mil, and provides access to an abundance of products, secured at the appropriate distribution levels.
The Central Army Registry is the single access point to Army training resources, such as Field Manuals, Training Support Packages, Individual and Collective Tasks, Drills and Courseware. The CAR can be accessed on a desktop computer, or on a personal mobile device.
MOBILE PUBS: LEARNING VIA COMPUTER, TABLET, OR SMARTPHONE
Mobile Publications are easily transported and easy to distribute to students and colleagues. Mobile Publications are interactive digital publications that are enhanced with animation, video, illustrated, and audio content. Our publications are ideal for modernizing and making portable conventional existing Manuals and Guides, include animated presentations and detailed graphic representations of equipment or procedures that demonstrate the How and Why aspects of learning.
VPDE develops interactive publications - not limited to manuals and guides - that work across all major platforms and browsers including iOS, Android and Windows smartphone platforms and the latest tablet devices. We work directly with proponents and their Subject Matter Experts (SME)s to incorporate a broad mix of functions to meet the learning objectives of instructors and training experts and create content that engages and allows Soldiers to learn anywhere, quickly and easily. VPDE interactive mobile publications are mobile friendly and can be distributed and transported, created in a format that delivers a rich and engaging learner experience.
CASE STUDY/DEMO: THE AWG SUBTERRANEAN WARFARE GUIDE
When updating their latest Operations Guide the Asymmetric Warfare Group (AWG) based in Fort Meade, Maryland turned to VPDE to develop an interactive publication that takes course lessons to a new level. Combining research, exercises, and operational experience, the AWG subject matter experts teamed with VPDE Mobile Publications to transition from print to digital, creating a stunning visual highly interactive mobile publication (mPub).
OPTIMIZED CONTENT FOR MOBILE DEVICES AND PLATFORMS
Historically, doctrine has been issued in books and softcover manuals. VPDE Mobile Publications Division now offers conversion of hardcopy into smart, professionally edited and read audiobooks that Soldiers can take anywhere, available on their personal smartphones and tablets.
By adopting the new audiobook medium, it’s yet another way Army learning is modernizing. In the last decade, mainstream publishers and studios have found a figurative gold mine in audio fiction. In 2019 The Audio Publishers Association released figures showing that more people are listening to audiobooks regardless of demographic. Retailers like Audible have been developing their own original content to take advantage of the trend. The US Army isn’t immune to the primary thing that made the audiobook marketplace explode: convenience.