DAU released the course schedule for FY21 Q1 and Q2 August 27. For the safety of students and faculty, all courses offered during the first quarter of the new fiscal year will continue to be conducted virtually. DAU's schedule for the second quarter does include some in-person offerings, but the majority of its courses will remain online. As we move into the second quarter, classes scheduled for in-person delivery may be adjusted for the health and well-being of attendees and DAU personnel.
While the training schedule is normally published up to six months before the start of the fiscal year, the FY21 schedule was delayed to accommodate uncertainly about whether Q3 and Q4 will continue with an increased number of Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT) courses or if DAU will resume classroom offerings.
“This is the first time we have had to release a partial training schedule, that is, just the first and second quarters," Lisa Johnson, Center Director for DAU's Scheduling and Student Support, said. “With so many unknowns, it is difficult to predict how we move forward with courses and training, but we are seeking safe, alternate options."
One of the viable alternate options she said was being explored for Q2 is a hybrid course structure that includes virtual and real-world components. In this model, 20 to 25 students in a class will attend virtually while up to 15 students attend in a physical classroom. This allows DAU to maximize class sizes while accommodating social distancing protocols.
In response to the pandemic, DAU canceled all resident courses in mid-March and immediately converted them to virtual training. Approximately 90 percent of all DAU courses were successfully transitioned to virtual versions, proving that the Defense Acquisition Workforce can continue to receive the high-quality training they expect from DAU in a virtual environment.
"We're not going to be 100 percent VILT in a post-COVID world," Woolsey said, "but we're going to do a lot more VILT."
DAU is currently undergoing a large-scale transformation with an emphasis on providing a responsive platform that immediately connects the Defense Acquisition Workforce with the information they need, when they need it. A large part of this transformation is an increase in online tools, non-traditional learning assets such as webcasts, videos, podcasts, and virtual classroom instruction.
All courses in the DAU iCatalog have been updated with the latest training dates for FY21 Q1 and Q2. For more information on many of the training assets available, including workshops and online job support tools, go to dau.edu.
UPDATED: Aug. 31, 2020 at 12:26 p.m. (EDT)
This article originally stated "all courses offered during the first two quarters of the new fiscal year will continue to be conducted virtually." This has been corrected to reflect that all courses offered in the first quarter of FY21 will be conducted virtually and that DAU is closely monitoring the situation and may move some in-person courses to virtual offerings, if necessary, in the second quarter.
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