Providing Instruction and Practice through Game-Based Technology

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$749,718.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W91WAW-10-C-0044
Award Id:
91290
Agency Tracking Number:
O2-0944
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
OSD08-CR6
Solicitation Number:
2008.3
Small Business Information
3600 Green Court, Suite 600, Ann Arbor, MI, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
009485124
Principal Investigator:
Michael van Lent
CEO and Chief Scientist
(734) 327-8000
vanlent@soartech.com
Business Contact:
Andrew Dallas
VP Federal Systems
(734) 327-8000
adallas@soartech.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
State-of-art, game-based training environments are representative of real world situations and tasks, and they provide highly motivating practice in a form that is inexpensive and portable. However, practice by itself is not an efficient way to learn. Instruction, guidance, and feedback should accompany the practice experience for effective game-based training. The goal of game-based instruction (GBI) is to integrate evidence-based instructional design into serious games,"bringing the classroom into training games."Our research identified a significant disconnect between the instructional design and game design and development processes, which is a key barrier to the realization of effective instruction in serious games. We propose to create two, complementary sets of tools (GUIDE and GUIDR) for integrating the products of instructional design into the game development process. The GBI Unified Instructional Design/Development Editor (GUIDE) is a collaboration tool for enabling instructional designers and game designers to translate between, compare, and combine instructional design products with game-design products. GBI Unified Instructional Development Runtimes (GUIDR)are software plugins that augment a game-programmer"s existing toolkit with new capabilities targeted at assessing a student"s level of skill, tracking student progress, and delivering feedback and guidance. In Phase II of the GBI effort, we plan to create prototypes of GUIDE and GUIDR and apply the tools in two very different training domains: culture-specific communication and tactical leadership.

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