Distance Education in the Armed Forces

Authored by: Peggy L. Kenyon , Gary Twogood , Linda A. Summerlin

Handbook of Distance Education

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  May  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415897648
eBook ISBN: 9780203803738
Adobe ISBN: 9781136635571


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For many years, the United States Armed Forces have been interested and active in the field of distance learning. Though the methods of distribution have evolved, the earliest examples were seen in the publication of training materials for use in battlefield locations during World War I. Many years later, facing aggression from the enemies of Japan and Germany during World War II, troops were given quick fundamental instruction at home, and then shipped off to face the enemy abroad. To supplement their training on the front lines, the military turned to researchers in education. This resulted in some of the earliest tools in instructional media and delivery of distance education. Various pamphlets, guides, cartoons and films covered a wide range of topics—from how to disassemble an M-16 rifle, to how to protect soldiers from communicable disease. This practical and vital training was produced with the intent of being delivered directly to the soldier, sailor, or airman in the field to accomplish the training mission.

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