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The Resource Enhancing critical thinking skills for Army leaders using blended-learning methods, Susan G. Straus, Michael G. Shanley, Maria C. Lytell, James C. Crowley, Sarah H. Bana, Megan Clifford, Kristin J. Leuschner

Enhancing critical thinking skills for Army leaders using blended-learning methods, Susan G. Straus, Michael G. Shanley, Maria C. Lytell, James C. Crowley, Sarah H. Bana, Megan Clifford, Kristin J. Leuschner

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Enhancing critical thinking skills for Army leaders using blended-learning methods
Title
Enhancing critical thinking skills for Army leaders using blended-learning methods
Statement of responsibility
Susan G. Straus, Michael G. Shanley, Maria C. Lytell, James C. Crowley, Sarah H. Bana, Megan Clifford, Kristin J. Leuschner
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eng
Summary
The U.S. Army's Command and General Staff School offers its Advanced Operations Course (AOC) for junior field-grade officers using both traditional resident instruction and a model referred to as blended distributed learning (BDL). The BDL course lasts 12 months and uses a variety of information and communication technologies to support synchronous and asynchronous collaboration among students and instructors entirely at a distance, with most students completing the course on discretionary time. This report assesses the effectiveness of AOC-BDL based on student and graduate surveys and identifies best practices for BDL from empirical research and case studies. Results show that the course has a number of strengths and that students were generally satisfied with the course. However, student responses also suggest that improvements are needed to support computer-supported cooperative learning and collaboration in distributed teams, particularly for instruction and collaboration on complex tasks. Furthermore, while students were satisfied with instruction for some operational topics, their responses may indicate needs for improvement in instruction of critical field-grade competencies, such as the military decision making process, problem solving, and communication skills, and in teaching leadership skills corresponding to a range of operational environments. Case studies and the research literature point to a number of best practices and options for improvement. Adding a resident segment may offer the greatest potential for improvement but may not be feasible in this context. Alternatives for improvement include modifying the composition of student teams to alleviate coordination challenges, moving the course delivery platform to a dotcom to improve technology reliability and functionality, and addressing policy to ensure that the chain of command and employers provided dedicated time for students to work on the course
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Straus, Susan G
Dewey number
355.5/5
Funding information
The research described in this report was sponsored by the United States Army under Contract No. W74V8H-06-C-0001
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illustrations
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no index present
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non fiction
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  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
  • technical reports
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  • Arroyo Center
  • Rand Corporation
Series statement
RAND Corporation research report series
Series volume
RR172
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  • United States
  • United States
  • Military education
  • Blended learning
  • Distance education
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Enhancing critical thinking skills for Army leaders using blended-learning methods, Susan G. Straus, Michael G. Shanley, Maria C. Lytell, James C. Crowley, Sarah H. Bana, Megan Clifford, Kristin J. Leuschner
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 127-134)
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multicolored
Contents
Introduction -- The Blended Distributed Learning Advanced Operations Course -- Satisfaction and Perceived Learning Effectiveness in the Blended Distributed Learning Advanced Operations Course -- Literature Review and Case Studies of Blended Distributed Learning -- Conclusions and Options for Improvement -- Appendix A: Intermediate-Level Education Advanced Operations Course Blocks, Learning Objectives, and Cognitive Levels of Learning -- Appendix B: Psychometric Properties of Exit and Postgraduate Surveys -- Appendix C: Proposed Exit Survey Questions -- Appendix D: Case Study Interview Questions
Control code
ocn853165091
Extent
1 online resource (xxxiv, 134 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780833081988
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
remote
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(OCoLC)853165091
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Enhancing critical thinking skills for Army leaders using blended-learning methods, Susan G. Straus, Michael G. Shanley, Maria C. Lytell, James C. Crowley, Sarah H. Bana, Megan Clifford, Kristin J. Leuschner
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 127-134)
Color
multicolored
Contents
Introduction -- The Blended Distributed Learning Advanced Operations Course -- Satisfaction and Perceived Learning Effectiveness in the Blended Distributed Learning Advanced Operations Course -- Literature Review and Case Studies of Blended Distributed Learning -- Conclusions and Options for Improvement -- Appendix A: Intermediate-Level Education Advanced Operations Course Blocks, Learning Objectives, and Cognitive Levels of Learning -- Appendix B: Psychometric Properties of Exit and Postgraduate Surveys -- Appendix C: Proposed Exit Survey Questions -- Appendix D: Case Study Interview Questions
Control code
ocn853165091
Extent
1 online resource (xxxiv, 134 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780833081988
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)853165091

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