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MoD awards contract to deliver £21 million
e-learning system

The Ministry of Defence has awarded BT a contract worth £21m to extend its e-learning system with the potential to accommodate up to 300,000 users. The deal follows the successful pilot of the e-learning system - the Defence Learning Portal – from November 2004 to March 2005 under an initial agreement with BT.

Rear Admiral Simon Goodall, director general training and education at the MoD, said: "Training people for military operations involves development of a range of attributes such as leadership, teamwork, ethos and courage, which predominately requires human interaction. Classroom learning has an important role to play in training, however e-learning has become increasingly valuable. It offers personnel greater flexibility and control over their development, and critically helps to minimise time spent away from home or their normal workplace."

Gary Bullard, managing director, UK, BT Global Services, said: "BT has a longstanding and successful relationship with the MoD through the £1.5bn DFTS contract, which was extended earlier this year until 2012. In developing the Defence Learning Portal we have worked closely with the MoD to refine both training content and the delivery of resources, and ensure users have access to high quality, appropriate materials. For the MoD, this consolidation of training resources will also deliver significant efficiencies and cost savings."

According to BT, the Defence Learning Portal will contain a Learning Content Management System (LCMS) to enable the MoD to store content, develop courseware and package it for publication. Users will be able to tap into training and education resources via the Learning Management System (LMS) which is designed to let the MoD track a user's progress through the courseware.

In addition, the LMS provides access to bulletin/discussion boards and a chat capability, which, BT says, can be linked to specific training events or used to support collaborative working of peer groups or dispersed units.

Initially, the new training system will be available to MoD civilians, regular military personnel and reservists. However, there is future potential to widen access to the portal to other forces, external government organisations and veterans.

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