Officer Development Course
Good B-(3 on a scale of 1-5)
Playing Time: Correspondance Course (must
be completed within 1 year of registration)
Date: 29 Oct 1997
Cost: $ 0
Number of Learners: 1
Special Equipment/Facilities Needed: Internet
access Course is accessible to any viewer but formal enrollment is limited
to federal employees and military members of all services.
Subject Area: Professional Development
for Government Management
Objectives: The course provides
fundamental knowledge in several key areas of management. It also
can be used as a reference when preparing to do functions associated with
being a manager at all levels. Listed below are all the courses/subject
areas with the course itself.
1.Organizations and Managers
3.Managing Time and Priorities
4.Meetings and Interviews
5.Solving Problems/Making Decisions
Brief Description: Designed to provide
staff skills to members of Army organizations at all levels. Can be used
both as a
self-paced training program or an on-line desk reference. The format
uses mainly power-point graphics make it visually appealing and easy to
Entry Capabilities Required: Federal employee
or military member
Download source: Download
button available at top of introduction page
Relevance to objectives: (5) The
course uses military doctrine available in feild manuals and applies through
terminal learning and enabling learning objective in a distance learning
environment. It is a great tool as well in preparing lesson plans
for unit internal Officer Profession Developement classes. The course
meets its objectives upon completion. I feel that future improvements
to this will come as technology improves within training in the department
Everything you need to complete the course is provided on-line. You will
Provides practice of relevant skills:
(3) Within each block of instruction the course allows for a "test on learning"
session prior to end of block testing. Many of the objectives in
the lesson must be practiced on the job in real situations. This
course provides information in order to improve management skills.
Likely to arouse/maintain interest: (2)
The course is not exactly the best tool to arouse attention. It uses
power point and text but has no audio or video.
Likely to be comprehended clearly: (3)
The lack of audio and video inhibit the learners ability to comprehend
Technical quality (durable, attractive):
Technical quality in design and structure of the course is outstanding.
It is durable, attractive and easy to use but is limited without audio
Game: Winning dependent on player actions (rather
than chance): (3) To win you must complete
the course within a year time frame. It is a self paced course which
is great for the target udience who have unusual work schedules.
The motivation to complete the course is self improvement and professional
development. It also looks good on a performance evaluation.
Simulation: Validity of game model (realistic,
accurate depiction): (NA) none
Evidence of effectiveness (e.g. field-test results):
thought this course seems effective but evidence most likeky can be obtained
through the points of contact or individuals who have registered for and
completed the course.
Clear directions for play: (4) The
course is completely menu driven and easy to follow.
Effectiveness of debriefing:
(4) The debiefing is through examination and
in "test on learning" sessions. I all personnle at least use this
site as a desk reference and enroll if time permits. It is an effective
tool for individual and team improvement. The price and access is
additional materials, nor will any be sent to you. Both subcourses
are included in the on-line version.
There are ten lessons with practice exercises, five appendices, and
No audio visual.
Reviewer: James H. Soos firstname.lastname@example.org
Position: Assistant Professor of Military
Date: 7 June 1999
Computer System Reviewed on: Macintosh
PowerPC 6500/250, 32mb ram.