ERIC Number: ED445714
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Sep-3
Reference Count: N/A
Asynchronous Learning in Manufacturing: Review of Research.
Bundy, Gail E.
This research paper examines the potential for asynchronous learning networks as a viable training alternative for small and medium manufacturing businesses. This first phase of the project, conducted by the Colorado Community College and Occupational System and the National Association of Manufacturers reviews existing research with a specific objective to help the project team: (1) create asynchronous learning networks for small manufactures whose employees lack formal education and who have limited access to technology; (2) understand how to overcome barriers to learning; and (3) find ways to use online technology effectively. Findings from the literature review included the following. Asynchronous learning is a complex process. Characteristics of successful distance learners differ from those in the target population. Distance learning initiatives have higher attrition rates than other forms of learning. Business and learner needs assessment and up-front development time is critical for teachers to determine the required skills. Media choice is not a primary factor in success of learning. More traditional teaching factors, such as teacher interaction and curriculum, have a greater impact on students' success than the actual technology. The success of any asynchronous learning program will depend first on understanding the needs of the businesses involved and the learning needs and learning styles of the target populations. Implications for policymakers are presented. Contains 14 figures. (Author/JA)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Community Colleges of Colorado, Denver.; National Association of Manufacturers, Washington, DC.
Note: Community Colleges of Colorado formerly named Colorado Community College and Occupational Education System.