Effectiveness of Interactive Videodisc in Army Communications Training

by John D. Winkler, J Michael Polich

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As the technical sophistication of military weapon and support systems has increased, the services have sought new ways to use technology to train for more complex tasks. Prominent among new training technologies is interactive videodisc (IVD) technology, which links a microcomputer and laser videodisc to provide interactive instruction with high-resolution video displays. This report documents two RAND studies of Army IVD applications, employing rigorous experimental designs and post-experimental performance assessments to evaluate the effects of alternative uses of IVD in Army communications training. The report describes the conditions under which IVD technology can be beneficial in two common applications: as a supplement to existing training, or as a substitute for more expensive resources.

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