Title

Organizational Transition to Distance Learning at the United States Army Medical Department Center and School (AMEDDC&S)

Date of Degree

2003

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Program

Education

Advisor

Jessica Kimmel

Advisor

Esmeralda de los Santos

Advisor

Annette Craven

Advisor

Cyndi Wilson Porter

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to query participating leaders, educators, and technical engineers of distance learning programs at the Army Medical Department Center and School (AMEDDC&S) on factors they believe have been most important in fostering the transformation of expansion programs to distance learning. This study uses a qualitative approach in order to collect data. The population of this study included 10 male and female, active duty, civilian educators and technical engineers located at the AMEDDC&S. Through a single-case study, this research answered the following specific research questions: How do leaders, educators, and technical engineers perceive that the transition to distance learning has changed decision making and leadership at the (AMEDDC&S)? What is the role of strategic planners in the transition to distance learning? What are the barriers to leaders and technical engineer educators in this transition?

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