ERIC Number: ED396723
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Getting the Job Done: Distance Learning in the RAAF.
Dolan, J. R.
The aim of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) training is to provide RAAF personnel with the skills, attitudes, and knowledge necessary for them to do their jobs effectively. This paper discusses the issues involved in implementing a training system using the Royal Australian Air Force Distance Learning System (RAAFDLS) as a case study. To determine what sort of an infrastructure the RAAFDLS needed to accommodate all of the training needs in distance learning, and to what extent distance learning would be used, training providers were surveyed on what courses have the potential to convert to a distance learning methodology and what methods and media could best be used to deliver the course. A number of courses were identified as having potential for conversion, and many educational technologies were recommended for use in the new system. To generate the potential for savings in implementing the system, the costs of the equipment and savings in training time were calculated and compared. It was determined that the proposal for the RAAFDLS would provide the following services: data conferencing (computer mediated communication); delivery of computer based learning; voice conferencing; and computer-managed learning. These services would enable students to: communicate with teachers and fellow students; gain access to teaching materials such as lecture notes and assignments; and have access to many of the information sources accessible to students who attend formal classroom teaching. Equipment needs for these services are listed, and details are provided concerning the Distance Learning Agency and Base Training Centers established to manage and administer the RAAFDLS and its resources. (Contains 13 references.) (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Australia; Computer Services; Royal Australian Air Force
Note: In: Learning Technologies: Prospects and Pathways. Selected papers from EdTech '96 Biennial Conference of the Australian Society for Educational Technology (Melbourne, Australia, July 7-10, 1996); see IR 017 931.