Authoring Tools and Methods for Adaptive Training and Education in Support of the US Army Learning Model: Research Outline

Report No. ARL-SR-0339
Authors: Scott Ososky; Robert Sottilare; Keith Brawner; Rodney Long; Arthur Graesser
Date/Pages: October 2015; 46 pages
Abstract: While human tutoring and mentoring are common teaching tools, current US Army standards for training and education are group instruction and classroom training, also known as one-to-many instruction. Recently, the US Army has placed significant emphasis on self-regulated learning (SRL) methods to augment institutional training where Soldiers will be largely responsible for managing their own learning. In support of the US Army Learning Model and to provide affordable, tailored SRL training and educational capabilities for the US Army, the US Army Research Laboratory is investigating and developing adaptive tools and methods to largely automate the authoring (creation), delivery of instruction, and evaluation of computer-regulated training and education capabilities. A major goal within this research program is to reduce the time and skill required to author, deliver, and evaluate adaptive technologies to make them usable by a larger segment of the training and educational community. This research includes 6 interdependent research vectors: individual learner and unit modeling, instructional management principles, domain modeling, authoring tools and methods, architecture, and evaluation tools and methods. This report (1 of 6 interdependent research outlines) focuses on research to reduce the time and skills required to author adaptive instruction with the goal of guiding learning in militarily relevant training and educational domains.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: October 1, 2015