Distance Learning: A Way of Life-Long Learning
Final rept. Mar 2004-Apr 2005
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA RESEARCH AND ADVANCED CONCEPTS OFFICE
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Modern learning technology assumes various names distance learning, distributed training, computer-based training, web-based learning, or advanced distributed learning. No matter the name, the basic concept is using computer technology for instruction with no instructor or trainer immediately present. Technically, distance learning can include correspondence courses and other forms of computer-free instruction, but this report focuses on the use of computer technology since it is the predominant form of distance learning today, and will likely continue to be in the future. The instructional approach of distance learning - or DL - has many benefits but has yet to reach its full potential. Emerging methods and technologies are improving the DL experience for Soldiers in three ways 1 making it more realistic, applicable, and accessible 2 making it more engaging and 3 creating opportunities for better learner interactions without overloading the instructor. Such improvements offer enhanced learning opportunities for Army Soldiers and other learners. This report explores the evolution of instruction and describes the potential of DL as a way to meet life-long learning needs. The report place current DL practices and advancements in the context of the ongoing evolution of instruction.
- Computer Systems
- Military Forces and Organizations