Rules of Engagement: Considering Good Policy and Practice with Online Military Learners

David Starr-Glass


In online distance learning environments military learners are not particularly obvious or distinctive; however, they do possess a degree of difference that needs to be recognized. The military can be considered to possess a Janusian culture; two distinctive cultural patterns that emerge in different situations. The culture they display in online distance learning situations is not particularly different from their non-military peers; however, online facilitators should be aware of their other cultural dimension and the difficulties that they encounter in participating online. Drawn from the author’s ten years of working with military learners, this article explains these different cultural perspectives, explores the negative impacts of stereotyping, and provides practical suggestions for harnessing the strengths of these learners in productive online learning.


Military learner, online distance learning, online facilitation, stereotypes

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