Accession Number:

ADA244359

Title:

Cost and Effectiveness of Home Study Using Asynchronous Computer Conferencing for Reserve Component Training

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Jun 86-Dec 90

Corporate Author:

IDAHO NATIONAL ENGINEERING LAB IDAHO FALLS

Report Date:

1991-11-01

Pagination or Media Count:

28.0

Abstract:

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.

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE