Title page for ETD etd-04272005-143701

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Hollandsworth, Randall Jackson
Author's Email Address rholland@vt.edu
URN etd-04272005-143701
Title The Theoretical and Practical Considerations for Effective Design, Development,and Evaluation of an Asynchronous Review Module on Interpersonal Communications
Degree PhD
Department Instructional Technology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Lockee, Barbara B. Committee Chair
Burton, John K. Committee Member
Eschenmann, Konrad Kurt Committee Member
Wildman, Terry M. Committee Member
Wilkinson, Thomas W. Committee Member
  • instructional evaluation
  • leadership development
  • online role-plays
  • scenario-based learning
  • simulations
  • elearning
  • online learning
  • interpersonal communications
Date of Defense 2005-04-18
Availability unrestricted
This research evaluates the theoretical and practical capabilities for design, development, and evaluation for a computer-based learning module for interpersonal communications. A Type One developmental study provides an asynchronous review module for a professional leadership training provider to follow up instructor-led training. The module consists of elearning review modules and animated simulations to practice the scenario-based skill practice. The literature review identifies that using online technologies as an instructional strategy offers specific advantages for summative learning strategies. In addition, studies find computer-based role-playing strategies can enhance the learning of interpersonal skills. The use of computer-based, asynchronous strategies build from the findings of four relevant studies: Weller and Blaire’s’ (1977) use of computer-assisted judging and feedback; Schroeder’s (1986) use of videodisc technology to effectively teach interpersonal skills; Kass, Burke, Blevis, and Williamson’s (1993) Guided Social Simulation Model; and Holsbrink-Engel’s (1997) use of computer-based role plays. One key finding from the various studies suggests that transfer of learning and skill application are dependent on post-instructional maintenance following the initial learning event. This review investigates the elements of learning interpersonal communications, the application of asynchronous strategies to achieve this learning, and effective post-instructional strategies that support comprehension and skill transfer.
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