Toward a Science of Distributed Learning

Pages: 284
Item #: 4318039
ISBN: 978-1-59147-800-3
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Copyright: 2007
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Technological advances and organizational changes in the modern workplace have created an unprecedented and continuous demand for training. Simultaneously, the technology for delivering training has advanced rapidly, so that traditional classroom approaches are being replaced by distance learning.

In distributed learning and training, which are now prevalent in industry, academia, and the government, students can be separated by both time and space. The increased use of such technology raises the question of how best to implement it for optimal results.

In Toward a Science of Distributed Learning, the contributors step up to the challenge by presenting theoretically-driven research that at the same time considers the characteristics and needs of learners. Drawing on findings from the cognitive and organizational sciences, they tackle such questions as the difference between distributed and collocated learning and performance, the effect of learner control in automated training, and the power of narrative in debriefing at a distance. This volume provides rich data and avenues for future research side-by-side with practical applications for today's fast-changing organizations.

Table of Contents



  1. Moving Us Toward a Science of Distributed Learning
    Eduardo Salas and Stephen M. Fiore

I. Theoretical Models Emanating From Distributed Learning in Organizations

  1. A Theory-Based Approach for Designing Distributed Learning Systems
    Steve W. J. Kozlowski and Bradford S. Bell
  2. Applying a Social Capital Perspective to the Evaluation of Distance Training
    Kenneth G. Brown and Mark E. Van Buren
  3. A Meta-Analytic Investigation of Learner Control: Old Findings and New Directions
    Kurt Kraiger and Eddie Jerden

II. Distributed Teams and Distributed Team Training

  1. Advanced Distributed Learning for Team Training in Command and Control Applications
    Barry P. Goettl, Alan R. S. Ashworth III, and Scott R. Chaiken
  2. Narrative Theory and Distributed Training: Using the Narrative Form for Debriefing Distributed Simulation-Based Exercises
    Stephen M. Fiore, Joan Johnston, and Rudy McDaniel
  3. Distributed Mission Environments: Effects of Geographic Distribution on Team Cognition, Process, and Performance
    Nancy J. Cooke, Jamie C. Gorman, Harry Pedersen, and Brian Bell

III. Cognitive Processes and Products in Distributed Learning Environments

  1. Five Features of Effective Multimedia Messages: An Evidence-Based Approach
    Richard E. Mayer
  2. Engaging and Supporting Problem Solving Online
    David H. Jonassen
  3. Question-Asking in Advanced Distributed Learning Environments
    Robert A. Wisher and Arthur C. Graesser

IV. Conclusions

  1. Problems and Possibilities: Strategically Pursuing a Science of Learning in Distributed Environments
    Stephen M. Fiore and Eduardo Salas

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