The Polish Association for Security, jointly with NATO DEEP eAcademy, launched recently two e-ISBN numbered books aimed at promoting the best practices in online teaching within the ADL environment. These publications should serve as a valuable resource for educators, institutions, and partners seeking to enhance their distance learning capabilities and faculty development programs.
The first e-book is dedicated to showcasing the connections between strategic-level NATO DEEP documents and their execution, with a specific focus on the e-Instructor Certification Programme. It directly addresses the needs identified during the drafting of the NATO DEEP Strategy for Distance Learning Support. The document is divided into four parts to fulfill its various purposes:
- Part 1: Introduction – Provides a comprehensive overview of the booklet, its structure, content, and effective usage guidance.
- Part 2: General Information – Offers valuable insights into the Certification Programme, including its objectives, the dedicated team behind its development, and other essential elements.
- Part 3: Subjects – Provides detailed explanations of each subject or class within the Certification Programme. It includes information on responsible individuals, subject aims, and practical task descriptions.
- Part 4: Partner Institutions – Highlights the esteemed partner institutions involved in the programme.
The second e-book serves as a compilation of valuable insights aimed at inspiring the teaching team within the Defence Education Enhancement Program (DEEP) community. It encourages the application of lessons learned from the NATO DEEP e-Instructors programme to enhance online teaching practices. The book acknowledges that the NATO DEEP eAcademy functions as a virtual community, and its authors came together during the second iteration of the NATO DEEP eAcademy e-Instructor Certification Programme. Originally developed to address the extraordinary circumstances of the pandemic, the insights gained from online teaching during this period can also be applied to on-site teaching as institutions transition back to normal operations. The publication emphasizes the following points:
- The importance of utilizing the lessons learned from pandemic teaching in future educational endeavors.
- The value of a virtual community in fostering collaboration and knowledge sharing among students from over 20 NATO and partner countries.
- The potential application of online teaching insights to enhance traditional on-site teaching practices.