by Staff Sgt. Amber R. Kelly-Herard
Air Mobility Command Public Affairs
10/17/2013 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- Blog or website? Book or MP3? App or software?
The Air Mobility Command Enterprise Learning Office created the Learning
Resources site for Mobility Airmen's input on their preferred learning
resources, both personal and professional.
The ELO's mission is to transform AMC into a premier Air Force learning
organization, achieve learning through optimum approaches and develop
Mobility Airmen into life-long learners and well cultivated critical
thinkers with a positive approach to managing their own learning.
"It is critical that we transform our learning culture and ensure we are
using the most cost effective approach to get the outcome needed using a
combination of all learning methods," said Gen. Paul Selva, AMC
commander. "Our Airmen need to have on-duty time to improve their
intellectual fitness just like we encourage their physical fitness...it
is that important."
AMC is incorporating andragogical principles into learning events.
Andragogy is adult learning; whereas pedagogy is associated with
children. Adults bring life experiences and knowledge to the learning
environment, are goal oriented and self-directed.
Adult learning principles are already incorporated into some learning
events developed by the USAF Expeditionary Center and some functional
The ELO will spread these pockets of excellence across the command and
work to ensure Airmen learn using the best combination of tools and
approaches. Many times this means incorporating an AMC 2.0 approach to
learning in which interactive, open communication sharing and
collaboration using modern technology plays a more important role than
just accessing information.
An example of how andragogy and AMC 2.0 have already been employed took
place recently in the installation support community. Previously, joint
base commander orientation training consisted of five hours of
PowerPoint. After an AMC 2.0 makeover, the training had pre-work
commanders could complete on their own time. When the commanders met for
training, they all had the same level of prior knowledge and could
spend more time interacting and sharing information.
"This is a targeted approach to increase learning value while reducing
costs and transforming our learning culture to develop Airmen who are
self-directed, lifelong learners and an organization that is skilled at
modifying our behavior to reflect changes in the environment,
capabilities and knowledge," said Dr. Darcy Lilley, AMC chief learning
As an organization who values learning, AMC challenges Airmen to think
innovatively, share their knowledge, have the courage to fail and reach
new levels of expertise.
To visit the Enterprise Learning Office's learning resources site, you will find their page on the AMC SharePoint website.