Improving the Army's Assessment of Interactive Multimedia Instruction Courseware
RAND ARROYO CENTER SANTA MONICA CA
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Since 1998, the Armys Training and Doctrine Command TRADOC has been engaged in establishing and fielding The Army Distributed Learning Program TADLP to enhance and extend traditional methods of learning within the Armys training strategy. Distributed learning DL is intended to speed the pace of learning and allow training to take place when and where soldiers need it. The Army has an expansive vision of a greatly increased role for DL over time. Given this expectation, an important component of TADLPs overall performance is the quality of its courses, which consist primarily of asynchronous interactive multimedia instruction IMI. An assessment of IMI quality is necessary for strategic planning-to understand TADLP outputs, to manage budgets devoted to increasing quality, and to identify and implement needed improvements to processes that affect quality. Moreover, ensuring and documenting the quality of IMI courseware are important to show the value of this type of instruction, to gain the buy-in of DL stakeholders, and to secure the resources needed to achieve the programs goals.
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