Cost and Effectiveness of Home Study Using Asynchronous Computer Conferencing for Reserve Component Training
Final rept. Jun 86-Dec 90
IDAHO NATIONAL ENGINEERING LAB IDAHO FALLS
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The purpose of this research was to determine the effectiveness and costs of home study using asynchronous computer conferencing ACC for the Reserve Component RC. A portion of the Engineer Officer Advanced Course was taught to RC officers using paper, video, and computer-based training materials students and instructional staff communicated with each other using computer conferencing. A control group consisted of RC officers taking the same course in residence at the U.S. Army Engineer School. The findings were as follows 1 ACC training costs less than resident training, 2 ACC and resident test and performance measures did not differ, 3 ACC students perceived a greater learning benefit than resident students, and 4 completion rates were higher for resident than for ACC students. These results indicate that ACC may be a cost-effective alternative to resident training for the RC.
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