Guided Realistic Individualized Practice (GRIP)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-09-M-0325
Agency Tracking Number: N09A-028-0439
Amount: $69,993.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N09-T028
Solicitation Number: 2009.A
Small Business Information
3600 Green Court, Suite 600, Ann Arbor, MI, 48105
DUNS: 009485124
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert Wray
 Senior Scientist
 (919) 967-5079
 wray@soartech.com
Business Contact
 Michael van Lent
Title: President and CEO
Phone: (734) 327-8000
Email: vanlent@soartech.com
Research Institution
 University of Southern California
 Caron Thomas
 837 Downey Way, Rm 330
Los Angeles, CA, 90089-1147
 (213) 740-6478
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
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.

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