Afghanistan Culture Modules
The Afghanistan culture modules are a set of culture courses implemented in the e-learning system. They employ images, audio, video, expert testimony, text, and quizzes to provide an immersive experience that facilitates learning about the rich and diverse culture of Afghanistan.
In January 2010, the Army’s TRADOC Culture Center asked ACGE to build an English language, on-line course on Afghanistan modeled after the ONR-funded ISLET culture component. This prototype 30-hour course on Afghanistan provides senior Army Enlisted and Company Grade Officers (O-1/3s) with useful and timely information about Afghanistan in an on-line, motivational learning platform. In May 2010, ACGE set up a pilot test in which 6 soldiers competed with 6 sailors, i.e. Army vs. Navy in this competitive e-Learning environment. The pilot test was extremely successful with people taking quizzes, issuing challenges, and trying to outscore one another, all while learning about Afghanistan. Based on this success, the Army asked ACGE to design, develop and deliver 3 Afghanistan culture modules to be integrated in the Army Learning Management System (ALMS).
- Culture Module 1, designed to support Initial Military Training (IMT) and deploying Soldiers, is an abbreviated, basic 4-hour course that incorporates a high-level overview of Afghanistan culture and imparts a general understanding of customs, mores and a general political profile of the country.
- Culture Module 2, also designed to support Initial Military Training (IMT) and deploying Soldiers, is a refined 8-hour synopsis of the history, tribal organization and cross-cultural political influences that shape the overall thinking and decision making of Afghanistan nationals. This module builds upon the foundation created in Module 1, but can be utilized as a stand-alone course.
- Culture Module 3 is a detailed 30-hour course designed for in-depth study of Afghanistan by Company Grade Officers, Warrant Officers, and Senior Non-commissioned Officers. It provides a matrix of cultural considerations segmented first by regional geographic areas and then evaluated at the province-level. The course of study will provide knowledge of current national and provincial tribal affiliations of each region in Afghanistan, to include political parties, religious leaders, and other persons of influence, as well as non-Afghan political, geographical, and religious outside influencers.