Instructional Design Aid for Creating Pedagogically Correct, Interesting and Motivating Instructional Content

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2001
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DAA17-02-C-0025
Award Id:
54737
Agency Tracking Number:
O012-0065
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
12 Gill Street, Suite 1400, Woburn, MA, 01801
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
JaredFreeman
Director of Research Div
(202) 842-1548
freeman@aptima.com
Business Contact:
MargaretClancy
Chief Financial Officer
(781) 496-2415
clancy@aptima.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Measures of the usability of systems have traditionally focused on the physical fit between man and machine. We propose to develop model-based measures of cognitive fit, or cognitive fightability. The proposed measures are a function of the congruencebetween three factors: the mission, the cognitive abilities and capacities of warfighters, and the information presentation and control features the system. We will integrate these measures into a modeling system with which scientists, engineers, andacquisitions specialists can make useful, quantitative predictions of system impact on Army operations. In addition, the system can automatically optimize aspects of system design and generate specifications for optimal user teams. Our approach leverages(1) validated measures of human abilities, (2) deep knowledge of military systems for cognitively intense tasks, and (3) multi-objective optimization techniques. The proposed R&D will provide the Army with the capability to efficiently assess cognitivefightability; to specify selection criteria and training requirements for a given system; to compare the efficacy of alternative systems, users, or missions; and optimize the design of system features or user teams.

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