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Maritime Logistics Community News : Autumn 2013
36 MARITIME LOGISTICS COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER SUMMER 2012/AUTUMN 2013 Wacky ideas and the future of Instructional Delivery at the Maritime Logistics and Health Faculty Did you know that the reality TV boom was borne from the Writers Guild strikes of 2003 and 2007? BY MS DONNA KEAN TRAINING AUTHORITY -- MARITIME LOGISTICS & HEALTH -- STRATEGIC ANALYST The lack of scripts meant that Production Companies and TV studio's had to find something fast to fill the rapidly approaching vacancies that would start appearing in their programs because filming of the top rating shows had ceased. Then a man named Mark Burnett sold a wacky idea of dumping a bunch of people on an island in the middle of nowhere and film them as they slowly devolved into a real-life version of Lord of the Flies. That 'un-scripted' TV was called 'Survivor' and changed the face of TV forever and took the wind out of the Writers Guild strike.1 So, what does this have to do with the Maritime Logistics and Health Faculty (MLHF) you may ask? Well the Faculty is in it's 'lack of scripts' phase and is embracing its 'wacky idea' phase where hopefully what we're going to be trialling over the next 12 months will see positive change and a Faculty that will deliver training to the Fleet in a flexible manner and provide more than just-in-time training. Current Projects The Faculty has two major projects running now; surveying all Maritime Logistics Officers from AMLO to CQ (E) and the creation of the first refresher video. Surveying. The Faculty has never surveyed its customers after they have left the School and joined their ships to determine if the training provided was adequate and accurate. Due to the work required to create the survey and analyse the data collected, the first survey will be done on Maritime Logistics Officers who have passed through the School in the last 3-4 years, with the aspiration of conducting the same for the categories FY 13/14. The Faculty is looking to collect evidence of what it is doing right, what needs improving and any suggestions for future modules. Additionally, the survey will be asking your opinion on alternative methods of delivery, such as distance education through virtual classrooms where the Instructor can be on a computer in Cerberus and the students can be logged in via an internet connection at sea, at home sitting on their couch or sitting in a hotel room in Thailand. The evidence gathered in this survey will help the Faulty determine what alternative learning solutions to trial and in what priority order. Refresher Videos. The Faculty is creating the first refresher video, which will be available on the Faculty website Dec 12 for review and comment (http://intranet.defence.gov.au/navyweb/sites/SH_Faculty/ComWeb. asp?page=87116). Borne from comments received from the last DSO Designate course over concerns about out of date knowledge and skills, the Faculty has decided to create short films illustrating basic and, as the system matures, more complex skills, policy application and workflow processes that will aid any Maritime Logistics Branch or interested party in enhancing or refreshing their professional knowledge. The first two videos are on AIU Custodianship and CDI Management and were filmed/photographed on HMA Ships Melbourne and Choules; many thanks must go to the Commanding Officers and Supply teams of both ships for their assistance and valuable input. These topics were chosen for the trial due to the assistance it can provide ships in educating their AIU Custodians in their role onboard and because it can be used by the Faculty for instruction supplementation and by other interested parties as they wish. Your feedback on the videos and any ideas you may have on future videos will be greatly appreciated by the Project Team and request that you send it through the Faculty email address below. Future Projects The Faculty has two other projects that it will be trialling in the New Year depending on available personnel to manage the trial and, if successful, implementation. GOVDEX/Navy Forum. The Defence Organisation has an information sharing system called GOVDEX that allows groups to share information, advertise calendar information such as course dates and join in on conversations started by anyone within the group. Navy has a similar system called the Navy Forum; however it is more focused on the blog style conversations. The current Forums for Navy are available for viewing at http://intranet.defence.gov.au/navyweb/forum/Default.asp. Both systems are relatively easy to use and users must be invited to join by the host to allow the host to control the number of people gaining access to the conversations which means a 'DMLO only' or 'SAO only' forum could be created and hosted by the Faculty. The intention is to see if a Forum can promote open and honest conversation between a group of people and promote information sharing that the Faculty can use to improve its training delivery. 1 Grant, D 2011, 10 year time capsule: when reality TV took over, 27/04/2011, http://www.salon.com/2011/04/26/10_year_time_capsule_writers_ strike/, viewed 13 Oct 12 Continued next page ...