Effect of Topography on Learning Military Tactics - Integration of Generalized Intelligent Framework for Tutoring (GIFT) and Augmented REality Sandtable (ARES)

Report No. ARL-TR-7792
Authors: Michael W Boyce; Ramsamooj J Reyes; Deeja E Cruz; Charles R Amburn; Benjamin Goldberg; Jason D Moss; Robert A Sottilare
Date/Pages: September 2016; 78 pages
Abstract: This report discusses the findings of a research project that integrated the Generalized Intelligent Framework for Tutoring and the Augmented REality Sandtable (ARES) for the assessment of military tactics. An experiment involving 19 Reserve Officer's Training Corps cadets from a large southeastern university assessed performance, physiological, and experiential data in a between-subjects design. The conditions consisted of a 2-D map displayed on either a flat or contoured surface, both of which leveraged the projection technology of ARES. Results of the study did not indicate significant differences between time on task, accuracy, or electrodermal activity, but a larger sample size is needed to verify findings. Preference between conditions was more prevalent in support of ARES; however, individuals that preferred the flat condition discussed issues with the ARES condition being more difficult to precisely measure, consistent with the findings in the literature. This study is being refined for a follow-on experiment to be conducted at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: September 1, 2016