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Author Straus, Susan G.

Title Enhancing critical thinking skills for Army leaders using blended-learning methods / Susan G. Straus, Michael G. Shanley, Maria C. Lytell, James C. Crowley, Sarah H. Bana, Megan Clifford, Kristin J. Leuschner.

Publication Info. Santa Monica, CA : RAND, 2013.


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Description 1 online resource (xxxiv, 134 pages) : illustrations.
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Series RAND Corporation research report series ; RR172
RAND Corporation research report series ; RR172.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 127-134).
Summary The U.S. Army's Command and General Staff School offers its Advanced Operations Course (AOC) for junior field-grade officers using both traditional resident instruction and a model referred to as blended distributed learning (BDL). The BDL course lasts 12 months and uses a variety of information and communication technologies to support synchronous and asynchronous collaboration among students and instructors entirely at a distance, with most students completing the course on discretionary time. This report assesses the effectiveness of AOC-BDL based on student and graduate surveys and identifies best practices for BDL from empirical research and case studies. Results show that the course has a number of strengths and that students were generally satisfied with the course. However, student responses also suggest that improvements are needed to support computer-supported cooperative learning and collaboration in distributed teams, particularly for instruction and collaboration on complex tasks. Furthermore, while students were satisfied with instruction for some operational topics, their responses may indicate needs for improvement in instruction of critical field-grade competencies, such as the military decision making process, problem solving, and communication skills, and in teaching leadership skills corresponding to a range of operational environments. Case studies and the research literature point to a number of best practices and options for improvement. Adding a resident segment may offer the greatest potential for improvement but may not be feasible in this context. Alternatives for improvement include modifying the composition of student teams to alleviate coordination challenges, moving the course delivery platform to a dotcom to improve technology reliability and functionality, and addressing policy to ensure that the chain of command and employers provided dedicated time for students to work on the course.
Funding The research described in this report was sponsored by the United States Army under Contract No. W74V8H-06-C-0001.
Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (RAND, viewed July18, 2013).
Contents Introduction -- The blended distributed learning advanced operations course -- Satisfaction and perceived learning effectiveness in the blended distributed learning advanced operations course -- Literature review and case studies of blended distributed learning -- Conclusions and options for improvement -- Appendix A: Intermediate-level education advanced operations course blocks, learning objectives, and cognitive levels of learning -- Appendix B: Psychometric properties of exit and postgraduate surveys -- Appendix C: Proposed exit survey questions -- Appendix D: Case study interview questions.
Subject United States. Army -- Officers -- Training of.
United States. Army. (OCoLC)fst00533532
Military education -- Technological innovations -- United States.
Blended learning -- United States.
Distance education -- United States -- Computer-assisted instruction.
LAW -- Torts.
Armed Forces -- Officers -- Training of. (OCoLC)fst01351837
Blended learning. (OCoLC)fst01737696
Distance education -- Computer-assisted instruction. (OCoLC)fst00895461
Military education -- Technological innovations. (OCoLC)fst01021136
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Military & Naval Science.
Law, Politics & Government.
Military Science - General.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Added Author Arroyo Center.
Rand Corporation.
Other Form: Print version: Straus, Susan G. Enhancing critical thinking skills for Army leaders using blended-learning methods. 2013 (DLC) 2013025049
ISBN 9780833081988 (electronic bk.)
0833081985 (electronic bk.)
Standard No. AU@ 000061153819
GBVCP 100865907X

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