Rapid. Revolutionary, even. Every day this week, a contingent of Defence Academy students working remotely held a virtual working lunch together as a way to continue their studies and get much needed interaction.
Responding to COVID-19 has meant all of us have adapted the way we work, learn and socialise to prevent or limit the spread. Face-to-face interactions are replaced by virtual interactions in order to save lives and protect the NHS.
Thirteen students on the ICSC(L) course embraced technology to hold a daily virtual working lunch serving both educational and social interactions. Constituted as a way to clarify and deliberate over key messages made by Divisional Directors during their coursework, the virtual meeting also offers an opportunity to share ideas on coping during social distancing.
“After the initial work business is completed, there is an opportunity to chat about what we have been doing to support each other”, said Major Victoria Deakin, Royal Artillery.
Over the past few weeks, courses across the Defence Academy have adapted the way they worked in line with government guidance. Lecturers have abandoned all face-to-face interactions.
The Defence Academy has been better utilising technologies to continue studies through remote learning, including sharing slides on the Defence Learning Environment (DLE) and broadcasting lessons to individual screens.
“The Defence Academy is digitising at pace to ensure we can continue to educate our leaders. In the meantime all personnel must play their part in tackling the current pandemic by keeping apart and challenging those who don’t do so. ” said Major General Andrew Roe, CE DefAc and Comdt JSCSC.