MODIA Applied in the Design and Cost Analysis of an Innovative Air Force Course

by Robert Petruschell, Michael Carpenter


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The design of an individually paced course in basic still photography for an Air Force Technical School. The goal was to demonstrate by means of a concrete example the MODIA approach to designing instructional systems and estimating their resource requirements. After the curriculum analysis described in R-1019, an instructional strategy (R-1020) was devised for each type of instruction, and configurations of personnel, media, and facilities were designated for each. To save student time, which contributes the largest cost in Air Force training, self-contained, portable media systems were provided on demand to students for use at adjoining carrels. Total resources required were derived from a simulation of student flow, and their costs were analyzed in detail. To force explicit consideration of all resources, it was assumed that all would be provided new, including those that schools normally already have. A description of the student flow model by Margaret Samaniego is appended.

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