Accession Number : ADA330045

Title :   Distance Learning Annotated Bibliography

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Feb-May 96

Corporate Author : ARMY TRADOC ANALYSIS CENTER WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE NM

Personal Author(s) : Howard, Fay S.

PDF Url : ADA330045

Report Date : JUN 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 128

Abstract : This study was conducted for the TRADOC Deputy Chief of Staff for Training. This report reviews relevant studies and articles on distance learning (DL) to support the implementers of the DL plan. The annotated bibliography contains summaries of 106 articles from military, industry, and universities. The main report divides the 106 articles into ten categories. The categories were selected based on interest expressed from the proponent and commonalities of the literature. The categories are evaluations of DL; guidelines for planning and implementing DL; computer based training, computer aided training, and computer mediated communication; video teletraining, videotapes, and interactive videodisk; professional education; student interaction with instructors other students, and technology; reviews of DL literature; descriptions of some specific DL programs; cost effectiveness and system costs; and miscellaneous. These principal results were summarized from the articles. All forms of DL are at least as effective as traditional instruction in most instances. Course development for DL could be costly but the number of people trained could recoup the costs quickly. Instructors for DL would at least initially need training in interaction skills, summary techniques, oral communication skills, and DL equipment operation. Costs for both the technology and course conversions were high but higher enrollments over a period of time would offset the costs.

Descriptors :   *COMPUTER AIDED INSTRUCTION, *LEARNING, INDUSTRIES, COST EFFECTIVENESS, TRAINING DEVICES, BIBLIOGRAPHIES, UNIVERSITIES, VISUAL AIDS.

Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Computer Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE