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“Learning 2030” topic of latest “Developing Mach-21 Airmen” podcast

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  • Air Education and Training Command Public Affairs

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – Episode 11 of Air Education and Training Command’s “Developing Mach-21 Airmen” professional development podcast series, released June 10, dives into learning trends today that will help the command shape the future learning environment of 2030's.

On the pod, Dr. Christine Covas-Smith from the Headquarters, AETC Future Environments division, discusses where the command needs to head in terms of learning in the future and why we have to consider the trends now in order to shape learning in 2030. 

Covas-Smith then moves into the trends, going in depth into several areas of learning, including the advantages and implications of each, as well as applications of those trends happening now.  Some of the trends discussed include the proliferation of artificial intelligence, the use of virtual reality and augmented reality, as well as mixed reality; the increase in open-source environments such as Air Force content on hubs like Youtube, Code Project, Bright Hub, as well as social media---and how that fits into AETC’s Strategic Plan in terms of multi-device implementation. 

Other topics include collaborative learning trends, talking directly to what classrooms will look like, team cognition (training as we fight and considering teams as the unit), as well as performance optimized teams, the science of game-based learning, including the critical components and advantages, as well as the implications of using games in the learning environment.

The professional development podcasts are designed to help communicate and inform Total Force Airmen across the globe on relevant, timely topics related to the recruiting, training, education and development fields and can be listened to on the government network on the AETC website, or via mobile application as well as on Apple Podcasts (iTunes). For Android or Google mobile users, the podcast can be found on their favorite third-party podcast phone application.  

Future episodes are set to cover a wide range of topics, including communities of practice in learning, joint force training in the civil engineering career field; enlisted PME changes and much more.