Air Force technicians have restored most functions to the computer system responsible for much of the service’s distance education, Air University officials at Maxwell AFB, Ala., announced Tuesday. In mid-May, the computer system known as the course development, student administration/registrar (CDSAR) crashed, taking down with it much of the ability to support distance professional military education, specialized courses for professional continuing education, career development courses, and the weighted airmen promotion system. “Right now, the only piece of CDSAR that is not partially or fully functional, or in our testing and verification phase, is CDC course development,” said Col. Anthony Zucco, AU’s director of education logistics and communications. He noted that CDC development has not stopped; rather, “it is just a little slower.” In some cases, students have been granted a two-month extension due to the outage. (Maxwell report by Phil Berube)
Changes are coming this year for Airmen taking professional military education (PME) distance learning courses. Closer interactions with facilitators, a revised capstone course, and more feedback on test performance are meant to improve the overall experience for distance learning students, who often include members of the Air National Guard.