This report is one of the products of an FAA-sponsored project designed to build a foundation of knowledge useful for the review and design of e-learning training programs developed for pilots.
The purpose of this document is to provide information useful for the review and design of e-learning training programs developed for pilots. A good description of e-learning is found in The Aviation Instructor’s Handbook (FAA, 2008) and is described as “any type of education that involves an electronic component such as the internet, a network, a stand-alone computer, CD/DVDs, video conferencing, websites, or email in its delivery.”Thus, e-learning encompasses the common methods being used for distance training for aviation, and the focus of this study and resulting document have been broadened to include information applicable to all e-learning training programs. The results of this work have been organized into a set of e-learning training principles and design strategies that reflect the current information found in the relevant literature. The term “learner” is used throughout the document as a general term because the training principles and design strategies can apply to training for pilots, dispatchers, cabin crew, or others. The training principles are meant to provide a foundation of information for determining the likely effectiveness of an e-learning program as it is initially reviewed before training data are available to point out deficiencies or areas for improvement.
Research on best practices for developing e-learning training programs lags far behind the implementation of these programs; therefore, the information provided here is not intended to be fully comprehensive and final. However, the document does provide a current foundation for designing and reviewing effective e-learning training programs that can be used and updated as new information is developed.
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