Scenario-Based Decision Skills Training for Geographically Distributed Teams

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Department of Defense
Office of the Secretary of Defense
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Phase I
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Eileen Entin
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The goal of this work is to develop a web-enabled scenario-based decision skills training program for distributed teams. In Phase I, using applicable research on team theory and scenario-based team training, we will develop a methodology for implementinga distributed team training program using web-enabled collaborative technologies. The program will be comprised of a set of scenarios each of which is linked to particular task and teamwork training objectives that will have been identified during atraining needs analysis of a selected domain. Each training scenario will include a self-contained pre-brief, a problem solving session, and a framework for a post-scenario debriefing that will allow the team to conduct an analysis of their task andteamwork processes without the requirement for an instructor or facilitator to be present. Phase I will culminate in a proof-of-concept demonstration in the selected domain. In Phase II we will develop all the components of the team training program fora family of training scenarios, including self-contained pre-briefing materials and post-briefing team analysis and feedback tools. We will also provide an instructional guide for implementing the team training program in other domains in Phase III andbeyond. The value of this work is that it provides a vehicle for geographically distributed teams to develop teamwork and task skills before being deployed to an operational setting. It is different from other training programs in that it is aself-contained program that can be used without having an instructor present when the team is training. The approach that is developed for this program can easily be adapted to any domain in which distributed teams will benefit from pre-deploymenttraining, such as peacekeeping missions, medical interventions, and disaster relief.

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