CEC Theses and Dissertations

Title

An Instructional Technology Guide for Technical Trainers

Date of Award

2008

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Computing Technology in Education (DCTE)

Department

Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences

Advisor

Getrude W. Abramson

Committee Member

Steven R. Terrell

Committee Member

Martha M. Snyder

Abstract

The goal of this study was to develop a guide for technical training instructors that combines instructional theory, adult learning principles, distance online learning methodologies, and multimedia principles. There is currently no definitive source of information to guide instructors through the transition from traditional classroom based instruction to blended learning programs. These programs utilize multiple instructional methods including traditional classroom training, live distance learning and various asynchronous technology-based methods. The guide was developed based on a research and development methodology and was validated through a series of steps involving review, feedback and revision. The process ensured the end product was validated and relevant to the end users.

A needs analysis was conducted to determine the objectives and content of the guide. A thorough review of literature was conducted in the process of conducting this analysis. A preliminary guide was developed based on the identified objectives. The guide was reviewed by expert jurors to determine its relevance, validity and usefulness. The feedback was synthesized and revisions made. The revised guide was field tested by potential users of the guide - technical trainers within the semiconductor industry. Their feedback further validated the guide, its usefulness and applicability. Final revisions were made and were included in the dissertation report along with the analysis of the process and results.

The product is a resource for instructors who are encountering the inevitable entanglement of technology in technical training. As a tool, it enables instructors to better use technologies available to enhance the learning process. Additionally, it adds to the overall body of knowledge for the corporate training environment.

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