ERIC Number: ED088506
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Dec
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Computer Simulation as an Aid to Managers of Training.
Wagner, Harold; Butler, Patrick J.
Research investigated computer simulations of a hypothetical self-paced training program to determine the utility of this technique as a planning aid for Army training program managers. The General Purpose Simulation System (GPSS) was selected as the programing language and the study was divided into three stages. In Stage I, the daily number of entering and graduating students was computed and displayed in a printout. In Stage II, statistics were added to deal with attrition rates, advanced training schedule comparisons, training load, and completion times. In the last phase, the final simulation program made possible the determination of the most efficient follow-on course location of each student, the medium of instruction assigned to each student, the session attended by the student, the absentee rate, and additional summary data on student flow through the course. It was concluded that the simulations were useful planning tools, for they allowed training managers to offer advanced courses on a schedule consistent with student flow through basic courses, thus reducing the student's waiting time between courses. The use of the simulations was recommended in planning training programs. (Author/PB)
Descriptors: Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Programs, Educational Programs, Educational Research, Individualized Instruction, Individualized Programs, Management Systems, Military Training, Models, Pacing, Program Development, Program Length, Programed Instruction, Scheduling, Simulation, Time Factors (Learning)
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Sponsor: Army Research Inst. for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: Human Resources Research Organization, Alexandria, VA.