Distance Training: How Innovative Organizations Are Using Technology to Maximize Learning and Meet Business Objectives
ISBN: 0787943134
EAN13: 9780787943134
Language: English
Pages: 441
Dimensions: 1.00" H x 9.00" L x 7.00" W
Weight: 2.00 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Distance Training: How Innovative Organizations Are Using Technology to Maximize Learning and Meet Business Objectives

Book Overview
Winner of the University Continuing Education Association's Charles A. Wedemeyer Award, which recognizes highly meritorious book-length publications that advance research in independent study and distance education. This manual is the one we have been waiting for It takes dead aim at all the important issues facing distance learning providers and hits the bull's eye on every one of them. It is down to earth, real world, and up to date. Its examples and insights for practitioners help create the sense of urgency and excitement all of us in distance learning feel today.--Michael P. Lambert, executive director, Distance Education and Training Council Today's advances in communications technology have created exciting new possibilities for training professionals. But not all technologies are created equal. Distance Training examines these new tools to show how compressed video, satellite broadcasting, the Internet, and other innovations can each be used to their best advantage. In-depth case studies of sixteen progressive organizations--NYNEX, Bell Atlantic, and Unisys among them--provide real-world models readers can use to design learning programs that transcend the traditional boundaries of time and space by turning the home, office, and meeting room into immediate, effective learning environments.
Editor Reviews
From the Back Cover For the distance training provider, today's amazing array of advanced communications technologies poses many exciting possibilities. But it also makes for a daunting challenge. How can you employ these technologies-each with its inherent strengths and limitations-to implement the most effective distance and distributed learning? And how can you use them to best meet your organization's strategic goals? Through the use of sixteen lively case studies, Distance Training shows readers the innovative ways in which organizations have used various communications technologies to maximize employee learning and meet business objectives. Each study illustrates distance-training applications ranging from the dissemination of information to building skills in critical thinking and problem solving, to changing attitudes, and to shaping organizational culture. Taken from corporations, nonprofits, and government agencies, these studies also show how providers managed to overcome the many organizational and technical obstacles that stood between them and the successful realization of their learning events, programs, and designs. Readers will benefit from the best practices embedded in each case study, which are summarized at the end of the book. They will also gain from the set of guiding principles that provides a framework for discussing distance learning in organizations-principles that represent systems engineering strategies for the design, development, and implementation of distance training processes. Including a history of distance training and in-depth advice on instructional design, policy issues, organizational restructuring, and technical and electronic systems development, Distance Training gives practitioners and aspirants to the field a concrete, real-world look at how state-of-the-art distance learning can actually be achieved.
From the front Cover For the distance training provider, today's amazing array of advanced communications technologies poses many exciting possibilities. But it also makes for a daunting challenge. How can you employ these technologies-each with its inherent strengths and limitations-to implement the most effective distance and distributed learning? And how can you use them to best meet your organization's strategic goals?Through the use of sixteen lively case studies, Distance Training shows readers the innovative ways in which organizations have used various communications technologies to maximize employee learning and meet business objectives.Each study illustrates distance-training applications ranging from the dissemination of information to building skills in critical thinking and problem solving, to changing attitudes, and to shaping organizational culture. Taken from corporations, nonprofits, and government agencies, these studies also show how providers managed to overcome the many organizational and technical obstacles that stood between them and the successful realization of their learning events, programs, and designs.Readers will benefit from the best practices embedded in each case study, which are summarized at the And of the book. They will also gain from the set of guiding principles that provides a framework for discussing distance learning in organizations-principles that represent systems engineering strategies for the design, development, and implementation of distance training processes.Including a history of distance training and in-depth advice on instructional design, policy issues, organizational restructuring, and technical and electronic systems development, Distance Training gives practitioners and aspirants to the field a concrete, real-world look at how state-of-the-art distance learning can actually be achieved.