PowerResearcher and the U.S Army's Distance Learning Problems

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PowerResearcher promotes Information Literacy and solves several of the US Army's distance learning problems.

“Students need Information Literacy to find, evaluate and use information. Firstly, distance learning soldier-students do not know how to effectively write a research paper and secondly, they do not know how to find, evaluate and use Internet information,” says Stephen Botes, President of Global Executive Management Ltd.

According to The Association of College and Research Libraries’ Information Literacy Standards for Higher Education, an information literate student can: 1) Determine the nature and extent of the information needed, 2) Access needed information effectively and efficiently, 3) Evaluate information and its sources critically and incorporate selected information into his or her knowledge base and value system, 4) Individually or as a member of a group, use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose, 5) Understand many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and access and use information ethically and legally.

“PowerResearcher is an effective tool to accomplish all that” comments Botes. “Students attending a physical university campus, have their reference and source materials carefully selected by the Librarian, with students hardly having to evaluate the quality, reliability and validity of their sources. Internet research and use, especially in distance learning, leaves the student to fend for themselves, likes babes in the woods, vulnerable to hucksters and "spoof sites", web sites sometimes created for parody and often created with criminal intent. In the absence of meaningful digital interaction between students and teacher, a student may waste endless hours pursuing valueless sources,” he adds.

PowerResearcher, the unique Research Process Automation tool, with its built-in Research Process Planner, solves most of the problem associated with student's Internet research and project development. The critical element to successful delivery of the student’s project are the instructions teachers provide.

PowerResearcher’s Research Strategies’ collaborative function facilitates the digital interaction and optional monitoring of the students research criteria and search arguments, allowing the instructor to progressively direct and correct the student’s research methodology. PowerResearcher, is a desktop application that not only improves the speed and quality of research, making writing, citing, bibliography, publishing and sharing easier, it integrates it all into one single interface, while it prevents plagiarism and promotes academic integrity.

“Consistent with the aim of improving the US Army’s distance learning, Troy University recently partnered with PowerResearcher to produce a Pilot project with IBM for eArmyU, demonstrating its efficacy.” Botes concluded.

Visit http://www.powerresearcher.com, or email Stephan Botes at gem@powerresearcher.com, or call 770-393-8646.

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