20 Mar '13, 5pm

First Sergeant Academy embraces blended learning: The U. S. Air Force First Sergeant Academy has

First Sergeant Academy embraces blended learning: The U. S. Air Force First Sergeant Academy has

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. (AFNS) -- The U. S. Air Force First Sergeant Academy has transformed its curriculum from a traditional "brick-and-mortar" education experience to a mixture of facilitated distance learning and in-resident classroom time to teach future first sergeants. What was once a three-week in-residence course is now four weeks of distance learning followed by two weeks at the academy, which is located on Gunter Annex, here. "Blended learning offers the academy and Airmen much more flexibility," said Chief Master Sgt. Emmette Bush Jr., the academy commandant. "The students get a large component of the curriculum online before they get here. Those building blocks are put to use during later lessons when students are in the classroom for their resident time." The academy graduates about 500 first sergeants annually and is part of the Thomas N. Barnes Center ...

Full article: http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123340884

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