Accession Number : ADA544022


Title :   New Tools and Metrics for Evaluating Army Distributed Learning


Corporate Author : RAND ARROYO CENTER SANTA MONICA CA


Personal Author(s) : Straus, Susan G ; Shanley, Michael G ; Yeung, Douglas ; Rothenberg, Jeff ; Steiner, Elizabeth D ; Leuschner, Kristin J


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a544022.pdf


Report Date : Jan 2011


Pagination or Media Count : 205


Abstract : Distributed learning (DL) is a key element of the Armys training strategy, and the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) has goals for expanding the future use of DL and changing how DL is developed and delivered. Although some individual proponent schools evaluate aspects of DL, the Army currently does not assess training outcomes of The Army Distance Learning Program (TADLP) as a whole, i.e., across proponent schools. Program-level evaluation can play an essential role in the expansion of DL, in the identification of strategic directions for the DL program, and in ensuring the quality of training. First, careful assessment of new initiatives and pilots will help guide the choice of options that best leverage available funding. Second, evaluation will help the program compete for needed resources to support its expansion. TADLP resources for developing content have declined in recent years relative to other training accounts (Shanley et al., forthcoming); better documentation of the value of DL and its contributions to readiness could be essential to substantiate the case for increased funding. Third, evaluation can help identify specific areas for improvement in existing courseware content and delivery, technical matters, course management, training policy, and other aspects of DL design and implementation.


Descriptors :   *DISTANCE LEARNING , *ARMY TRAINING , COURSES(EDUCATION) , STRATEGY , POLICIES , ARMY PERSONNEL


Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Military Forces and Organizations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE