U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
U.S. MARINE CORPS (USMC)
College of Distance Education and Training (CDET)
Larry Smith, Director of Educational Technology at the U.S. Marine Corps College of Distance Education and Training (CDET), led the transformation of the MarineNet e-learning platform, resulting in significant benefits for Marines and the public.
The outdated MarineNet platform lacked modern features and limited digital content accessibility. Larry's vision focused on making training content accessible to all Marines, ensuring cross-device compatibility, and establishing consistency in e-learning.
Under Larry's leadership, the new MarineNet platform was implemented, offering 24/7 access to virtual courses, assessments, and rich training videos. It allowed collaboration and the development of subsites. The platform empowered user-generated content creation and facilitated virtual meetings. He enhanced the platform with an internal social network and video production tools. The improved MarineNet platform has had a positive impact on the employee experience, customer experience, and mission delivery. Marines now have personalized and interactive learning opportunities, enhancing their skills and knowledge retention.
Over 300,000 users benefit from the MarineNet platform, with instructors creating digital content for training. The platform offers on-the-go training options through user-generated videos and podcasts. The cost per user has decreased, freeing up resources for other critical needs.
Larry Smith's efforts have laid the foundation for continuous growth and improvement. The public can be assured that Marines are better equipped and trained to fulfill their mission of protecting and serving the nation.