A) Online instruction for our courses is difficult for a few reasons. First, much of our Mass Communication Foundations course (MCF) and Maintenance curriculum is extremely hands-on and performance-based; it is very difficult to meet all the required training objectives in an online environment. There may be some portions of the curriculum that can be taught remotely, and some teams are already experimenting with this and learning how to better leverage our technology. But full conversion to online is unlikely.
Second, the Services have indicated that they do not want to switch to an online model yet for initial entry training. Some of the Services have policies prohibiting conducting IET in an online setting. At this time, they continue sending initial entry students (MCF, PAQC, Maintenance) until travel restrictions determine otherwise.
Third, there are technical/IT challenges with regard to Internet bandwidth at the student detachments.
While on the surface it would seem like an easy lift to convert a lot of courses to an online model, the in-resident curricula isn’t currently designed for online learning, and the majority of faculty are not yet trained in conducting online instruction. Once converted, those classes would have to conform to a certain standard that the services approve in order for it to still qualify their students for an MOS/AFSC/Rating. If the current restrictions remain in place for a lengthy time, DINFOS will explore the possibility of conducting some of its intermediate courses online if it nis deemed feasible.