RAAF RUNWAY: RATIONALE, GUIDELINES, LEARNING OUTCOMES, ETC

Page updated 02 FEB 2023 
Includes the following six sections:
  1. THE RUNWAY: OVERVIEW
  2. RUNWAY RATIONALE
  3. RAAF RUNWAY LEARNING OUTCOMES
  4. SOURCING AND CURATING ARTICLES FOR RAAF RUNWAY
  5. LINKS TO PROFESSIONAL MILITARY EDUCATION (PME)  WEB PAGES
  6. MILITARY HISTORY RESOURCES

01 THE RUNWAY: OVERVIEW

  • The Runway is a professional development portal where complex information is presented to users in an accessible and easy-to-understand way. In addition, the Runway is designed to be a self-directed learning experience for the individual user.
  • It provides Air Force members with articles, research and innovative ideas that have been carefully sourced and curated across a range of ten topics: Air & Space Power, Leadership, Business Skilling, Communication & Cognition, Cyber, Strategic Influences, Technology, Innovation, Wellbeing and Military History.
  • The Runway supports Program Wirraway, the Air Force’s professional military education (PME) program. The Program Wirraway ‘core’ pathway comprises four levels of learning, each containing the broad themes of air power, communications, business skilling and leadership, which are also represented in the key topics on The Runway. See Taking education to new heights.
  • The Runway has several mediums to learn from, including articles, videos and podcasts; and is designed to challenge your thinking and push you to take responsibility for your continual development and professional growth. 
  • Now, more than ever, we are aware of the changing needs of our organisation. The pace of change is faster now than before—and this is the new normal within which Air Force members must operate.
See RAAF RUNWAY: RATIONALE, GUIDELINES, LEARNING OUTCOMES, ETC.

02 RUNWAY RATIONALE

  • Runway enhances the learning of RAAF personnel by providing them with high-quality curated posts that are easy to access and can improve RAAF members' awareness of defence-related matters and current affairs.
  • Note the definition of curation from….. Best-Practice-in-Online-Content-Curation.pdf (cardiff.ac.uk):
  • 'Online content curation is the process of selecting, reviewing, and organising resources available on the web for a particular audience [1]. It is much like putting together a reading list, but with the benefit of attaching a review of, and commentary on, the resources you are recommending.'
  • Runway demonstrates that the RAAF values education and contributes—cost-effectively—to the RAAF being an effective Learning Organization defined by….' Building a Learning Organization (hbr.org) as:
  • 'A learning organisation is an organisation skilled at creating, acquiring, and transferring knowledge and at modifying its behaviour to reflect new knowledge and insights.
  • The Runway provides RAAF members with high-quality curated articles. 
  • Runway Linked Articles/Videos/Podcasts can be summarised quickly and instantly available online. 
  • Runway content is available online without requiring a reader to log on.
  • Runway provides posts that:
    • Support Learning Objectives that are focussed on improving people's awareness of a variety of topics and are relevant to members of the RAAF.
    • Includes links to high-value curated articles from reputable sources.
    • Highlights the curated article's main points that will let the reader decide if it is worth reading in full.
    • Provides collections of articles on a single topic.
    • Lists of references related to the post for further reading and study.
    • Are accessible to everybody without the need to log onto the site.
    • The Runway is accessible on nearly all types of devices.

03 RAAF RUNWAY LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Business Skilling...Develop an awareness of Business Skilling regarding tools, technology, innovation, trends, future development, and the skills you might need during your military career.
  • Communication & Cognition...Develop an awareness of: 
    • The need to be sceptical of any claim that does not provide sufficient scientifically based evidence to support what is being claimed.
    • What makes for good and effective communication, whether verbal, written, electronic, film, podcast etc.
    • The cognitive, thinking and psychological processes underpin the way humans make decisions, develop beliefs, reach conclusions, and evaluate evidence.
    • The need to develop critical thinking skills to objectively analyse and evaluate any issue to form a judgment about that issue
  • Cyber...Develop an awareness of:
    • Cyberwarfare. Cybersecurity, Cyberdefence, Cyberattack,
    • The different forms of cyberattack.
    • The different strategies that can be used to make a cyberattack less likely.
    • How can organisations defend themselves from a cyberattack?
  • Leadership...Develop an awareness of: 
    • How effective leadership can enhance capability?
    • The different types of leadership can be applied depending on the situation or context.
    • The importance of EI/EQ in how you exercise leadership.
  • Military History...Develop an awareness of:
    • Historical sources that might inform current strategic, operational and tactical decision-making.
    • How documented differences from our past, including culture, values and ethics, can help us set goals and values that are still applicable today.
    • Appreciate that everything we do, use, and study is the product of a complex set of causes, ideas, and practices.
    • To develop an awareness of the historical application of air power.
  • Strategic Influences...Develop an awareness of Australia's strategic environment and how nations, including ours, attempt to shape the environment to meet their needs and requirements.
  • Technology & Innovation...Develop an awareness of how it can contribute to our economy and military capability.
  • Well-being...Develop an awareness of How individuals can improve and maintain their well-being in terms of health, happiness, and prosperity. 

04 SOURCING AND CURATING ARTICLES FOR RAAF RUNWAY

05 LINKS TO PROFESSIONAL MILITARY EDUCATION (PME)  WEB PAGES

AUSTRALIA

Home | Australian War Memorial (awm.gov.au)

UK

USA

Other sites and resources related to PME

06 MILITARY HISTORY RESOURCES

INTRODUCTION

In studying military history, a military professional might find it helpful to understand the broader conflict in which air, land and maritime power has been applied. The purpose of this article is to recommend reading that can provide the reader with a relatively brief overview of the various military conflicts in which Australia has been involved.

AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL

HISTORY IN AN HOUR RUPERT COLLEY

OXFORD'S VERY SHORT INTRODUCTIONS

PUBLICATIONS FROM Air and Space Power Centre (airforce.gov.au)