ERIC Number: ED537051
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov-13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 5
Responding Globally to the Online Learning Needs of Military Students
Bricker, Suzane L.
Online Submission, Paper presented at the 2012 Global Education Conference (Online Presentation to a Virtual Audience, Nov. 13, 2012
The purpose of my proposal is to present a comprehensive look at the specific needs of military students who are actively deployed globally, and who are entering the "virtual classroom" for the first time. Additionally, I have drawn upon my own experiences as an educator of more than 15 years, as well as someone who has developed course curriculum and provided related instruction in on-ground, hybridized, accelerated, and online formats to encourage vigorous discussion of facilitating the needs of such a specialized group. Moreover, I am suggesting the immediate need for further investigation into both the quality and content of learning experiences for actively deployed military personnel who are enrolled in online undergraduate programs, since it appears that the data collected on this particular sub-set of learners is limited in focus. Thus, such studies would need to include direct input from the students themselves, as well as from educational professionals who are guiding these virtual classroom experiences. Finally, my recommendation is that a commission be developed on a national scale to review and evaluate the outcome of data generated by such research efforts, and also, that this particular committee be assigned to make recommendations regarding changes in curriculum or delivery methods, to better serve the needs of professional military students who are engaged in a virtual learning environment. Following the document text is an Appendix that includes a PowerPoint presentation (in PDF format) presented on November 13, 2012, at the 2012 Global Education Conference.
Descriptors: Educational Research, Research Needs, Armed Forces, Military Personnel, College Students, Time Management, Electronic Learning, Online Courses, Virtual Classrooms, Global Approach, Student Needs, Student Motivation, Geographic Isolation, Social Isolation, Quality of Life, Context Effect, Barriers, Synchronous Communication, Access to Computers, Literary Styles, Teacher Role, Interpersonal Competence, Evaluation Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A