Teaching Excellence; Methodologies to Assess Teaching Effectiveness.
AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL
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The only thing constant about change is that it is inevitable. Nothing could be more true about this statement than how it so aptly defines society today. The data base of knowledge acquired by the human race is accelerating at an astonishing, yet sometimes exhilarating, pace. The technological marvels being introduced today were mere dreams a few years ago. Technology is a large part of our very existence it is responsible for our standard of living. In fact, technology plays a role in every facet of our lives. The field of education is one area, however, that technology has not completely permeated that is, until recently. Ever since people undertook the task of educating others, they have imparted knowledge through traditional means lectures, discussions, demonstrations, and tutoring. Recently, though, technological advances have made it possible to use such innovative forms of media as interactive videodiscs and computer systems to teach people in a fashion different from the traditional methods. Education in the Air Force has paralleled this evolution of teaching. Considering the importance of education in the Air Force, one is not surprised that the Air Force devotes a great deal of time, energy, and resources to improving the education of its personnel. In fact, the Air Force Academy recently developed a networked classroom system NCS to explore the potentials of innovative educational technologies. However, who can say that using innovative educational technologies to teach students is better than the traditional methods of teaching Before one determines which style of teaching is better, one should compare the performance of students enrolled in courses using innovative educational technologies to the performance of students enrolled in similar courses taught in the traditional manner.