Improved distance learning environment for Marine Forces Reserve

dc.contributor.advisorShing, Man-Tak
dc.contributor.authorAgila, Roy Ian
dc.contributor.departmentInformation Sciences (IS)
dc.contributor.secondreaderIatrou, Steven J.
dc.description.abstractMarineNet offers distance learning (DL) training and education (T&E) opportunities to all Marines. For active duty Marines, government-provided desktops and laptops (GPDLs) typically support DL T&E or learning resource centers (LRCs) located inside many military installations. In contrast, Marine Forces Reserve (MFR) personnel have a unique challenge: most MFR units are located in home training centers (HTCs) away from military installations. Consequently, reserve Marines do not have GPDLs or LRCs to access DL T&E. The current alternative is for MFR personnel to use personal devices outside of the Nonsecure Internet Protocol Router Network (NIPRNET). This alternative assumes MFR personnel will purchase or already have their own devices. In addition, devices outside of the NIPRNET tend to experience compatibility issues when accessing some MarineNet courseware. This research tested equipment, software, and virtual machine (VM) architectures to find a technologically efficient alternative to GPDLs and LRCs that can support the unique needs of MFR. The emphasis is on researching mature technologies and leveraging free Internet options currently available in the United States. An efficient alternative is proposed to provide reserve personnel with a device to access the Internet, offering free Wi-Fi at the HTCs, and deploying VMs based on the VMware architecture. .en_US
dc.description.distributionstatementApproved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
dc.description.serviceMajor, United States Marine Corpsen_US
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.subject.authordistance learningen_US
dc.subject.authorvirtual machineen_US
dc.subject.authorMarine Forces Reserveen_US
dc.subject.authorlearning resource centersen_US
dc.titleImproved distance learning environment for Marine Forces Reserveen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineInformation Technology Managementen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Science in Information Technology Managementen_US
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