- VCAT Afghanistan Now Available on JKO
- Alelo Courses Available on MarineNet
- Alelo Down Under!
- Alelo's Language and Culture Training App Coming Soon to Android
- Strong Interest in Alelo Training Technologies at ITEC 2011
- OLCTS Upgrade for Vincenza BCTC
- Alelo Courses Now Available for All U.S. Government Employees
VCAT Afghanistan Now Available on JKO
Alelo’s flagship VCAT course, VCAT Afghanistan, is now available through Joint Forces Command’s Joint Knowledge Online (JKO). VCAT Afghanistan features engaging and powerful lessons on both culture and language, as well as general knowledge topics like the local terrain and weather. Focused on the regions of Kabul, Kandahar and Jalalabad, the lessons focus on such operational aspects as working with interpereters, coordinating ISAF projects, planning medical missions, understanding local tribal differences, coordinating a Jirga, and interacting with the local female population.
Unlike other VCAT courses, Alelo has included the instruction of operational aspects of the Afghan languages Dari and Pashto. In order to teach this, Alelo has integrated its speech recognition to provide another layer of mission-focused training. This feature is available for users with access to a microphone, however the speech recognition feature may also be turned off for those without the ability to access these types of features. Like other VCATs, users are able to select their specific mission needs and create their own customized course of instruction while all other content remains accessible. Closed captioning and voiceover are also available within the course.
The Joint Knowledge Online (JKO) website can be accessed by authorized users at: http://jko.jfcom.mil
Alelo Courses Available on MarineNet
The Operational Language and Culture Training Courses (OLCTS) for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad are now available for download directly from the Resource Library on MarineNet. Apps are available for Pashto, Dari, sub-Saharan French and Iraqi Arabic. Watch for OLCTS desktop, audiobook, and iPod Classic software coming soon. For more information on how to make these mobile products available on your portal, contact: dodsupport @ alelo.com
The MarineNet website can be accessed via the USMC College of Distance Education and Training by authorized users at: http://www.tecom.usmc.mil/cdet/
Alelo Down Under!
Alelo has begun development on an Operational Tetum course for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) as part of a 3-year contract with Alelo to address the ADF's long-term language and culture training requirements. Alelo's virtual training environments will provide ADF soldiers an optimal training solution to prepare them for stability, reconstruction, and humanitarian assistance efforts in East Timor.
Members of the Australian Defence Force and other employeees of the Commonwealth of Australia may register and access current Alelo language and culture courses users at: http://adfsupport.alelo.com
Op Dari & Op Pashto Apps on Handhelds at Sandhurst
Alelo will preview its first Android mobile app in response to the growing user demand. The app will debut late this summer following usability tests to be carried out in Afghanistan.
Alelo's prototype Android app will be similar to the iOS version in both content and functionality. It will allow Android users to access the same award-winning cultural awareness and language training activities including comprehensive cultural awareness lessons, video and audio dialogs, exercises with coach feedback, and reference materials. For more information contact Alelo at: mobile @ alelo.com
Strong Interest in Alelo Training Technologies at ITEC 2011
Alelo made its fifth appearance at the 2011 ITEC defence, training, simulation, and education conference and exhibition in Cologne, Germany in May. NATO, European, and European-based American military organizations expressed interest in Alelo's latest training technologies, especially handheld training capabilities, web-based cultural awareness trainers, and language and culture enhancements for mission rehearsal software currently in use.
Alelo's Dr. Lewis Johnson presented on the topics of "Technology for Pre-Deployment, Language and Cultural Awareness Training" and "Simulations: Getting More for Less." Additionally, Alelo's complete range of anywhere, anytime training tools, including the new Operational Language and Culture Training System suite were highlighted in the Innovation Showcase program.
Alelo will exhibit at ITEC 2012 scheduled to take place at London's ExCel Center next May.
OLCTS Upgrade for Vincenza BCTC
Alelo recently visited the U.S. Army's Battle Command Training Center (BCTC) at Caserma Ederle in Vicenza, Italy, to upgrade the training lab with our latest language and culture training releases. The complete installation of the new Alelo OLCTS Desktop included content in five languages (Pashto, Dari, Iraqi Arabic, Sub-Saharan French, and Indonesian). The networked system makes use of the OLCTS "Unit Training Manager" companion software allowing training supervisors to create customized courses of instruction for individuals or groups of trainees and closely monitor progress throughout the course.
The Vicenza BCTC was an early adopter of Alelo training courses beginning with the original Tactical Iraqi and Tactical Pashto programs. The lab is managed and administered by Sandra Gillespie under the direction of Simulations Specialist Paul Toombs. Vicenza is a key training venue for U.S. and NATO forces prior to their deployment to strategic locations in the Middle East and Africa.
Operational Language and Culture Training courses may be accessed by members of the U.S. Military and other U.S. Government employees via our Support Concierge website at: http://dodsupport.alelo.com
Alelo Courses Now Available for All U.S. Government Employees
Through an arrangement with Joint Language University (JLU), Alelo's language and culture training products are now available to all members of the U.S. Government. Under the terms of this agreement, JLU provides the U.S. Government unrestricted access to Alelo's OLCTS, myEnglish, and the Virtual Culture Awareness Trainer (VCAT) series. Courses are available for use on desktops, laptop computers, and mobile devices for both download and web-based instruction. Government personnel can access Alelo courses by setting up a free account at http://jlu.wbtrain.com.
"Alelo is thrilled JLU chose to partner with us to provide language and culture training to the U.S. Government," said Dr. Lewis Johnson, Alelo's CEO and Chief Scientist. "We look forward to supporting JLU's commitment to provide world-class training that is accessible anytime, anywhere."
Upcoming events on the Alelo calendar
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