This report discusses the design options incorporated in MODIA (a Method of Designing Instructional Alternatives), a system developed to help Air Training Command (ATC) plan technical courses. MODIA is a unique approach to planning that relates the use of training resources to the details of course design and operation. This report follows MODIA's design process and presents at each decision point pros and cons for each option as it affects training effectiveness and use of training resources. Although the report is directed to course planners in ATC, the options described are applicable in a wide variety of education and training settings. An overview of MODIA is given in R-1700.
This report is part of the RAND Corporation Report series. The report was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 1993 that represented the principal publication documenting and transmitting RAND's major research findings and final research.
Our mission to help improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis is enabled through our core values of quality and objectivity and our unwavering commitment to the highest level of integrity and ethical behavior. To help ensure our research and analysis are rigorous, objective, and nonpartisan, we subject our research publications to a robust and exacting quality-assurance process; avoid both the appearance and reality of financial and other conflicts of interest through staff training, project screening, and a policy of mandatory disclosure; and pursue transparency in our research engagements through our commitment to the open publication of our research findings and recommendations, disclosure of the source of funding of published research, and policies to ensure intellectual independence. For more information, visit www.rand.org/about/principles.
The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.