The SANDF Journal of Education Technology is the newest addition to South African military literature that hopes to set the academic ball rolling for a debate on education technology in the local military.
Published by the SANDF College of Educational Technology (COLET), headquartered in Centurion, the first edition carries contributions by Pieter Brits (The need for human rights training in the military), Johann de Waal (Students need to embrace and understand project management principles to increase their chances of success) and Stephen Barnard (Barriers to learner transfer of learning).
The first editorial for the country’s newest military journal, written by editor Miempie Louw of COLET, asks “have South African learners gained the right knowledge and insight and has the learning experience improved performance sufficiently to set them up for success during further studies, to maintain efficiency and productivity in the workplace and to cultivate civic-minded citizens. In the defence force this question has a direct bearing on more than 78,000 employees”.
One of the first edition’s pieces looks at the impact of digitally mediate communications on academic integrity of online learning. This is a topic which COLET Commandant, Brigadier General William Wagner, expounded on at last year’s simulation training conference.
He told that conference held at the CSIR that smart-phones could be put to valuable use as an education tool for soldiers.
This point is taken further by author, Hannes Nel, whose abstract states “Online or e-learning is rapidly becoming the most popular approach to learning. With the benefits of e-learning, with efficiency probably the most important, arrives new challenges in ensuring academic integrity of the learning and authenticity of learner performance.”
Nel sees security issues in protection against manipulation, maintaining confidentiality, authenticity, server protection, access control and protection of communication among others as being essential to online learning’s success.