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Knowledge Enabled Army (K.E.A) is a professional development network that is hosted on a webpage via social media platforms and is designed to complement existing NZDF professional military education (PME) programs. This will be achieved by developing an online network of collaborators and contributors on a wide range of military topics. The primary purpose of K.E.A is to enhance professional intellect, interpersonal adaptability, and situational awareness. K.E.A will use the education theory of ‘connectivism’; connectivism considers how knowledge is acquired faster and in greater quantities than a generation ago, changing how we as a collective, process and conceptualise knowledge. Connectivism also works on the premise that individuals will actively search and explore knowledge on these systems.

K.E.A will not replace the current PME programs, but the K.E.A professional development network will be used as a means to enhance and promote current PME programs. It is imperative that K.E.A maintains a reputation of professionalism, quality writing and clarity of ideas, innovative approaches and above all relevance in achieving mastery of the profession of arms. The reputation of K.E.A is reflective of the NZ Army, the core values, and mana of our force.

K.E.A Charter

1. K.E.A is a professional development network on social media platforms that supports the New Zealand Army’s soldiers and officers in achieving mastery of the profession of arms. The primary purpose of K.E.A is to enhance professional intellect, interpersonal adaptability and situational awareness. This is in direct support of the Army’s vision of a ‘world-class Army with mana’ by becoming a modern, agile, highly adaptive, light combat force while serving New Zealand.

2. As a K.E.A User, you agree to abide by the K.E.A charter. This is the commitment required as part of the professional development community. This holds true both on the website and the social media platforms.

3. K.E.A is an innovative way to reduce a rank-focus on writing and learning, and instead lean towards a focus of professionalism by knowledge sharing. This approach comes with a fair level of responsibility and maturity. Those who cannot meet the standards of professional and maturity for our organisation, will simply be blocked out of the conversation

4. The K.E.A charter reflects the values of the NZDF. For K.E.A, these are translated as follows:

a. Courage Tu Kaha – Taking action despite your fears. Having the courage to present your ideas and written work for publication, and confident to challenge other in a constructive and positive manner.

b. Commitment Tu Tika – Giving your best. Taking the initiative to contribute to the professional development community by sharing ideas, written papers and constructive discussions and completing the task.

c. Comradeship Tu Tira – Respect and looking out for each other. Treating every person in the professional development community with respect, even if you do not agree with their contribution. Work for the benefit of the team as well as yourself. Remain humble and professional at all times. Trolling and online bullies have no place on K.E.A.

d. Integrity Tu Maia – Doing the right thing – always. Always make sure submissions are your own work as plagiarism will not be accepted.