ERIC Number: ED326194
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Effectiveness and Cost of Interactive Videodisc Instruction in Defense Training and Education. IDA Report R2372.
Fletcher, J. Dexter
In response to Congressional direction, a quantitative, analytical review (a meta-analysis) was completed of interactive videodisc instruction applied in Defense training and in the related settings of industrial training and higher education. Over all instructional settings and applications, interactive videodisc instruction was found to improve achievement by about 0.50 standard deviations over less interactive, more conventional approaches to instruction. This improvement is roughly equivalent to increasing the achievement of students at the 50th percentile to that of students currently at the 69th percentile. An improvement of 0.38 standard deviations was observed across 24 studies in military training (roughly an increase from 50th to 65th percentile achievement). An improvement of 0.69 was observed across 14 studies in higher education (roughly an increase from 50th to 75th percentile achievement). Interactive videodisc instruction was more effective the more the interactive features of the medium were used. It was equally effective for knowledge and performance outcomes. It was less costly than more conventional instruction. Overall, interactive videodisc instruction demonstrated sufficient utility in terms of effectiveness, cost, and acceptance to recommend that it now be routinely considered and used in Defense training and education. (86 references) (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Defense, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Institute for Defense Analysis, Arlington, VA.