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Date: March 30, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. (MT)
Supervisor: Dr. Susan Moisey
Committee: Dr. Nathaniel Ostashewski; Dr. Bob Heller; Dr. Grazia Scoppio
Dissertation Title: Satisfaction of Canadian Armed Forces Regular Force Members with their Distance Learning Experiences
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The use of Distance Learning (DL) as a training and education
delivery method has been on the rise within the Canadian
Armed Forces (CAF) as a way of optimizing funding to the
training system while still maintaining a high standard. Since
research has shown relationships between student satisfaction
and various positive outcomes, such as training retention and
readiness to transfer learning to the workplace, the satisfaction
of CAF learners is an important area of inquiry. This research
explored the satisfaction levels of CAF members with their DL
experiences, how different variables related to that
satisfaction, and how military-specific considerations affected
members’ DL experiences. This mixed methods research
involved a sample of CAF members who had completed,
within approximately the past three years, one of seven CAF
professional development courses/ programs that were
delivered via DL or in a blended DL and classroom format.
The study used a two-phase mixed-methods research design
that included data collection in the form of an online survey
distributed to 1310 CAF Regular Force members, which
yielded 368 usable questionnaires, followed by a series of 12
follow-up interviews. Quantitative data were analyzed using
descriptive and correlation analyses, as well as factor
analyses and multiple linear regression. Qualitative data were
analyzed using coding frequency analyses and thematic
content analysis, which added depth concerning CAF
members’ personal experiences. The findings showed a
relatively high level of satisfaction with DL in the CAF, but that
given the choice between delivery modes, a much higher
percentage of members would choose classroom-based
delivery over DL. The exploration of demographic, course
quality, support and perception variables in relation to overall
DL satisfaction shed some light on potential reasons for these
findings. Recommendations were provided in order to
encourage continuous improvement of CAF DL programs.
"Satisfaction of Canadian Armed Forces Regular Force
Members with their Distance Learning Experiences" AU
Graduate Student Research Conference, Edmonton, AB, Oct.
Congratulations to Norine Wark
Doctor of Education in Distance Education (EdD) Student, on receiving the 2019 Governor General’s Gold Medal Award. This award is to recognize the outstanding performance of a graduate student in an academic institution. The award takes into account overall academic excellence through coursework, research, awards and distinctions. Norine accepted the award and gave the student address on June 7, 2019 at Athabasca University’s annual convocation.
Check out Norine’s story on the Hub.
The Faculty of Graduate Studies is pleased to announce Athabasca University’s winners of the Canadian Graduate Scholarship (Masters), who have been awarded $17,500.00 over 12 months. Congratulations and good luck in your continued studies.
Cari Borenko Hoffmann
Is a Master of Health Studies (MHS) student in the Faculty of Health Disciplines and has received an award from the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) for her research titled “Advance Care Planning and The Law”
Check out Cari's story on the Hub.
Is a Master of Science in Information Systems (MScIS) student in the Faculty of Science and Technology and has received an award from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) for her research titled “Design, Development and Evaluation of a Lifestyle-integrated Learning Support Tool”
Check out Tamara's story on the Hub.
Dustin Purnell (MC graduate), went on to represent AU at the 3MT Western Regional Competition which was held at the University of Northern British Columbia on April 17, 2019. Dustin did a fantastic job and made AU very proud! Way to go Dustin!
Supervisor: Dr. Simon Nuttgens
3MT Title: Ethical Tensions in Sex Addiction Counselling
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