||Research and Design of Distance Learning Course for Advanced Military Education
||Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering
advanced military education
corresponding training programs
||High-ranking officers require advanced military education in war tactics for future combat. However, line officers rarely have time to take such courses on campus. The conventional solution to this problem is correspondence courses, which are known to be inefficient. As Internet technologies progress, the current trend is the development of online courses for military training. However, the question is what distance learning methodology best suits such a proprietary learning purpose.
This study presents a sequential process of developing distance learning courses in Advanced Military Education. Further, the Petri-Net analytical approach is adopted to uncover the essential interaction requirements of Advanced Military Education delivered via Internet. This discussion first compares correspondence courses, on-campus programs and e-learning programs. According to these differences, an in-depth analysis is conducted to construct the appropriate e-learning modules. These modules are then composed into a distance learning system that addresses the limitations of correspondence courses while still achieving the same effectiveness of on-campus programs. Finally, a discussion of the experimental results demonstrate the success of the presented approach.
||Table of content I
List of Figures II
List of Tables III
1. Introduction 1
2. Related Developments 8
2.1 Technologies on Distance Learning 8
2.2 Learning Theories and Distance Learning 11
2.3 E-learning in Military Education 25
2.4 Comparison of On-campus Programs, Correspondence Courses and E-learning 32
2.5 AME in Taiwan 34
3. Distance Learning for Advanced Military Education 40
3.1 Requirements Analysis 40
3.2 Functional Analysis by Petri-Net Model 43
3.3 The Petri-Net Model for DL4AME 47
3.4 The DL4AME Architecture 52
4. Implementation 54
4.1 Web-based Technology 56
4.2 Implementation of DL4AME 59
4.3 The Workflow for Joint Operation Course 63
4.4 System prototype 65
5. Experiments 72
5.1 Cost Effectiveness of DL4AME 72
5.2 Experimental Evaluation of Learning Effectiveness 77
5.3 Discussion 80
6. Conclusion 82
7. References 83
List of Figures
Fig. 1. Advanced military education course flow 36
Fig. 2. The teaching flow of the “Joint Operation” course 37
Fig. 3. The “Joint Operation” course by DL4AME 41
Fig. 4. The Petri-Net model of the “Joint Operation”course for on-campus program 44
Fig. 5. The execution flow of “Joint Operation” course on DL4AME 46
Fig. 6. Mission Planning phase 48
Fig. 7. The Simulation Setting phase 49
Fig. 8. Discussion phase 50
Fig. 9. The Petri-Net model of DL4AME on the “Joint Operation” course 51
Fig. 10. The architecture of DL4AME for the “Joint Operation” course 53
Fig. 11 The implementation of DL4AME 55
Fig. 12 Joint Operations Course Workflow 64
Fig. 13 The startup page of DL4AME 66
Fig. 14 The assignment webpage 67
Fig. 15 The course webpage 68
Fig. 16. The management webpage 69
Fig. 17. The direct convoy model 70
Fig. 18 The instructor webpage 71
Fig. 19. The average feedback from the subjects 81
List of Tables
Table 1. Comparisons between AME and Legacy e-learning Education 6
Table 2. cost comparison between traditional and e-learning education. 75
Table 3. Summary of feedback from the subjects 79
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