Lakeland College launches “The Way Forward,” a free online resource for military members and their families

Lakeland College

After a successful pilot period, The Way Forward – Transitional Life Skills for Military Members and their Families is now available as a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for anyone to access.

“We launched the resource on Monday, Oct. 17,” says Dale Pearce, an accessibility advisor in The Learning Commons at Lakeland College.

The Way Forward is a free online resource designed for military members, their spouses and their dependents. Students complete modules on communication, organization, goals, transition challenges, emotions, mental health and resources. The content is available online through Desire2Learn, the learning management system Lakeland uses.

“There’s no time limit, people can work through the modules at their own pace. There are discussion threads they can use as well, which I moderate,” says Pearce. Right now only English modules are available but the content is being translated into French.

Development of the resource began in February 2015 when Lakeland College officials asked employees for new programming ideas. As a former military member, Pearce knew there was a need for resources to help members adjust to life outside the military.

“It’s a need that I hope we have met with The Way Forward,” he says. “My hope is that this becomes an essential tool in the member’s toolkit as they transition from the military to life as a civilian.”

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