Case study: learner profiles

This pilot study was conducted with Navy uniformed personnel, to understand how they access and use technology for training and recreation, at work and at home.

The study also assesses the potential of Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) personnel to undertake self-directed learning.

An online survey was devised, incorporating the Self-Directed Learning Readiness Survey developed at the University of Sydney.

The results indicate:

  • RNZN personnel have almost universal access to the internet
  • the NZDF learning management system is being used
  • the majority are not using RNZN simulators
  • most RNZN personnel use tools such as Twitter and Facebook regularly
  • Skype and internet TV are used to a lesser extent but virtual worlds are not popular
  • most of those surveyed are suited to self-directed learning but a substantial minority (28%) are not and require alternative strategies, or additional support and encouragement, to achieve their learning goals.

In 2015 the third of the proposed five annual surveys was conducted. The survey is being repeated in order to identify trends and changing attitudes.