Remedial Skills Training: An Evaluation of Computer and Videodisc-Based Courseware
Final rept. Jan 1986-Jun 1987
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA
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This research effort evaluated the training effectiveness of computer and videodisc-based instruction CVBI for training a set of remedial tasks that are prerequisite skills for M1 tank commanders. The evaluation used a pretest versus posttest design, and all training and tests were delivered on-line by a computer delivery system. Control conditions were included to ensure that improvements on posttest measures were due to training effectiveness rather than participants increased familiarity with the test formats andor the computer delivery system. Results for the four remedial tasks included in this evaluation--Use Visual Signals, Establish Tank Firing Positions, Determine Grid Coordinates, and Identify Armored Vehicles--showed significant improvements in posttest performance. In addition, participants subjective evaluations of this CVBI clearly indicated they prefer CVBI over conventional training methods. While training efficiency could not be directly determined, the diversity of participants need for remedial training strongly supports the adaptive nature of training technologies such as CVBI in the Army training system. Keywords Remedial training, Military training, Evaluation, Computer based instruction, Videodisc based instruction, Computer aided instruction.
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