TECHNOLOGY AREAS: Human Systems
OBJECTIVE: Develop or modify existing Learning Management Systems (LMS) and Learning Content Management Systems (LCMS) to be able to use a Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT) like process to adapt to a pre-established knowledge/skill baseline to dynamically alter SCORM, DIS, or HLA training content delivery
DESCRIPTION: Current military training is often linear and non-discriminatory. That is regardless of an individual’s base knowledge and skills the training content remains the same. This is especially true for DoD Computer Learning Content Information Management Systems (CLCIMS). In order to be effective in these times of high ops tempo with less and less opportunities for training, we need a training solution that is adaptive to an individual’s needs and can customize training to better prepare them for their mission and career. For this training solution to be a success at least four different components are required to interact with each another. 1) Develop or modify existing Learning Management Systems (LMS) to allow easy incorporation of ever changing essential competencies, skills, knowledge, and experience such as those defined in Air Force Mission Essential Tasks Lists (METLs), Training Task Lists (TTLs) or the Mission Essential Competencies (MEC) analysis to establish baseline skills and knowledge required for an individual to be successful in their mission/career rather than just training modules. 2) Develop a way to capture performance during training content delivery and mapping them to the establish baseline in the LMS. 3) Develop or modify existing Learning Content Management Systems (LCMS) to be SCORM, DIS, and HLA compliant. 4) Incorporate a Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT) like process into the Learning Content Management System. Fully integrated we expect the LMS to track an individual’s performance mapped to an established baseline while the LCMS then dynamically adapt training scenarios/content based on the information stored in the LCMS. Additionally having the LCMS SCORM, DIS, and HLA compliant, content delivery can be in the form of Computer Based Training (CBT) or through a variety of Modeling and Simulation tools that utilizes DIS/HLA protocols depending on what training content/scenario is delivered. This allows training scenario/content to better fit the type of delivery to an appropriate learning environment. For the scope of this effort the targeted training audience will be the Senior Intelligence Duty Officer (SIDO) and Intelligence Duty Officer (IDO) of the Air and Space Operations Center (AOC). Their primary duties are Command and Control (C2) coordination as it relates to intelligence on the combat ops floor. However, the architecture in this training solution is ideally content-agnostic such that you can adapt the system for a multitude of military and civilian application.
PHASE I: Define and document the framework to easily incorporate new data sets such as knowledge, skills, and experiences into a LMS, identify how performance during content delivery is tracked and mapped to the LMS, to develop or modify existing LCMS to be SCORM, HLA, and DIS compliant, and define how to integrate a CAT like process into the LCMS. This includes identifying current LMS and LCMS and how they can be modified. Or if it is determined that a new LMS/LCMS is needed, define the approach.
PHASE II: Fully develop a proof of concept prototype to verify and demonstrate the four integrated component capabilities using the SIDO and IDO as usage cases. This includes the ability to add new data sets into the LMS, the ability for the LCMS to deliver SCORM, HLA, and DIS content, and the LCMS dynamically altering training content delivery based on performance tracking mapped to the baseline in the LMS.
PHASE III DUAL-USE COMMERCIALIZATION:
The proposed training solution is applicable to a variety of military and civilian applications. The immediate usage case is directly applicable to most individuals with C2 coordination as a primary duty on the military side such as those in Air Support Operations Centers (ASOC), Tactical Operation Centers (TOCs), Maritime Operation Centers (MOCs). On the civilian side these will include personnel assigned to homeland security or natural disaster relief C2 organizations at the county, state, or federal level. Additionally since the architecture is ideally content-agnostic, it can be modified for the Human Resources domain, education domain, etc.