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Guided Realistic Individualized Practice (GRIP)

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2009 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Soar Technology, Inc.
3600 Green Court Suite 600 Ann Arbor, MI 48105-2588
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Guided Realistic Individualized Practice (GRIP)
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-09-M-0325
Award Amount: $69,993.00


The US Navy's Total Force Transformation requires improved methods of preparing the Navy Total Force to be not only skilled at everyday, routine jobs, but also capable of flexibility, suppleness, and problem-solving. However, most existing instructional design approaches lack at least one element considered essential for the training of even routine expertise. To meet the needs of training for Total Force Transformation, we propose a training-systems development process and supporting technologies based on an evidence-based, comprehensive instructional design methodology. To complement the process, we propose reusable technology that will enable the automation of guided realistic individualized practice, which has been shown to be essential for the most effective and transferable learning outcomes. The proposed effort builds on existing work in instructional design, intelligent tutoring, dynamic tailoring for scaffolding and assessing learning, student modeling, and psychophysiological state assessment. This combination offers a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to the development of training systems focused on adaptive expertise.

Principal Investigator:

Robert E. Wray
Senior Scientist

Business Contact:

Michael van Lent
President and CEO
Small Business Information at Submission:

Soar Technology, Inc.
3600 Green Court Suite 600 Ann Arbor, MI 48105

EIN/Tax ID: 383382261
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Southern California
837 Downey Way, Rm 330
Los Angeles, CA 90089-1147
Contact: Caron Thomas
Contact Phone: (213) 740-6478
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university