ERIC Number: ED476976
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
An Empirical Evaluation of Sonar Courseware Developed with Intelligent Tutoring Software (InTrain[TM]) at Naval Submarine School.
Birchard, Marcy; Dye, Charles; Gordon, John
With limits on both personnel and time available to conduct effective instruction, the decision is being made increasingly to enhance instructor-led courses with Computer-Based Training (CBT). The effectiveness of this conversion is often unknown and in many cases empirical evaluations are never conducted. This paper describes and discusses the evaluation and effectiveness of adaptive courseware authoring and utilization in the context of the Submarine Officer Basic Course (SOBC) at the Naval Submarine School, Groton, CT. The Naval Submarine School (NAVSUBSCOL), the "Center of Excellence" for Submarine Warfare Training, has recently dedicated a new, state-of-the-art electronic training facility that hosts ten Advanced Electronic Classrooms (AEC), a building-wide enterprise Classified LAN (CLAN), and external high bandwidth connectivity. The benefits of implementing adaptive CBT in the Submarine School range from possible time savings in specific curricula to automated remediation and instruction. Manpower savings will permit Submarine School to pursue implementation of a Distance Learning support division comprised of experienced subject matter experts who have instructional expertise in front of a class and as CBT authors. CBT cannot replace the instructor completely. Students asserted uniformly that the face-to-face communications were at times critical for the understanding of particularly complex concepts. Training via CBT provides exceptional flexibility to both the schoolhouse (in terms of resource scheduling) and to the student (to learn at his convenience). (Author)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software Evaluation, Courseware, Instructional Effectiveness, Web Based Instruction
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: ED-MEDIA 2002 World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications. Proceedings (14th, Denver, Colorado, June 24-29, 2002); see IR 021 687.