Educational technology refers not only to the hardware and software used in an educational setting but also to learning through use of technological resources. RAND's research into educational technology includes the study of distributed learning and interactive multimedia instruction in the military, computers in schools, and the role of the Internet in educational settings.
Technology literacy plays an important role in a child's ability to succeed in school and later life. Incorporating technology into early childhood education help close the “digital divide” that separates low-income students and their more-advantaged peers.
Evaluated the effectiveness of the Common Core -- the first phase of the U.S. Army's system for developing critical thinking skills in its officer corps -- and the extent of differences among distributed, resident, and mixed-delivery course venues.
Large states cut spending on prison education programs by an average of 10 percent between the 2009 and 2012 fiscal years, while medium-sized states cut spending by 20 percent. While the drop appears to have resulted from budget cuts prompted by the economic downturn, evidence suggests that the curtailment of prison education could increase prison system costs in the longer term.
Inmates who participate in correctional education programs have a 43 percent lower odds of returning to prison than those who do not. Employment after release is 13 percent higher among prisoners who participated in either academic or vocational education programs than those who did not.
This report assesses the effectiveness of the Command and General Staff School's Advanced Operations Course for junior field-grade officers when taught in a blended distributed learning environment.
Examines the costs of implementing Carnegie Learning's Cognitive Tutor Algebra I curriculum and comparison algebra I curricula (published by Prentice Hall, Glencoe, and McDougal Littell).
Assesses the performance of The Army Distributed Learning Program (TADLP) and looks at ways to strengthen the Army's interactive multimedia instruction (IMI) program by improving both the quality of the product and the efficiency of the process.
This report provides a preliminary assessment of the National Science Digital Library/Distributed Learning program and makes recommendations for the design of a more complete formative evaluation.
Develops and tests new tools and metrics to assess training and to document the impact of Army distributed learning courses at the program level.
Examines educational approaches that would customize U.S. Air Force training to individual needs, with the intent of minimizing training time and hastening trainee productivity, leading to reduced costs. Recommends vocational training experiments.
Develops and tests an approach to program-level assessment of interactive multimedia instruction (IMI) courses that identifies strengths and deficiencies in technical, production quality, and pedagogical aspects of IMI courseware.
Critically examines current efforts to reuse digital training content as a strategy to reduce the cost of its development, and provides recommendations regarding how the reuse option might be further encouraged.
Presents findings of a multiyear study of the effectiveness of reform-oriented science and mathematics teaching (practices for engaging students as active participants in their own learning and enhancing the development of complex cognitive skills).
This paper reviews the state of research on DL and provides recommendations to the Army for a research agenda on DL, methodological strategies to improve DL research, and policies to support DL design, implementation, and evaluation.
This report describes an alternative business model for buying simulations and simulation training.
Presents the results of research on the eArmyU distance learning program, focused on making eArmyU available to more individuals while controlling program costs.
Kent School’s experience suggests that information technology can be used to enrich teaching and learning for both faculty and students.
Preliminary evaluation of a district-wide laptop computer initiative and recommended research design for more comprehensive future evaluation.
Study to investigate the relationships between student achievement in mathematics and science and the use of these new instructional practices.
Collaboration, Technology, and Outsourcing Initiatives in Higher Education: A Literature Review