Training through distance learning: An assessment of research findings
U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, 1999 - Education - 55 pages
"This report offers a review of the literature on the effectiveness of distance learning as applied to training. Most research in distance learning was found to be anecdotal, focusing on education rather than training. When effectiveness was measured, it was usually not supported by strong experimental or quasi-experimental designs, and comparative results (such as to the classroom) were reported only one-third of the time. When data were reported, there were analytic problems and errors in reporting which were often overlooked by researchers. An assessment of the completeness of information in reporting course design and instructional techniques in the literature showed 40% of the studies did not mention course design or conversion and 25% did not mention instructional techniques. When distance learning was demonstrated to be effective, it was difficult to resolve why it was effective: the effort in course design or reconversion, the instructional techniques used, or the methods of communication (technology) employed. Suggestions for improving evaluations are offered."--DTIC.
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