Fidelity in Learning Environments for the Effectiveness of Training (FLEET)
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DOD / NAVY
Training professionals recognize the need for more efficient and effective training, and they view simulators as a means to supplement live training at decreased costs. Though skill transfer from simulators to live-fly is likely to be high, there are currently no standard tools available for identifying the minimum level of simulator fidelity required for effective training and no standard performance measures for assessing the impact of simulator fidelity on training effectiveness. In Phase II of the FLEET effort, Aptima will develop: (1) a simulator fidelity training rubric derived from F/A-18 subject-matter expert input, and verified experimentally, that identifies the minimum simulator fidelity requirements for training F/A-18 missions; (2) validated F/A-18 pilot performance measures that are sensitive to changes in simulator fidelity and useful for F/A-18 training; and (3) the PM Engine and SPOTLITE measurement technologies customized for use in Naval aviation training facilities. The measures, measurement technologies, and training rubric can be used by simulator acquisition professionals in fidelity experiments to support the critical acquisition decision-making process and by training program developers and instructors to facilitate the use of the appropriate simulators for specific missions, as well as providing feedback to trainees through debrief sessions.
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