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

Report No. ARL-SR-0333
Authors: Joan H Johnston; Greg Goodwin; Jason Moss; Robert Sottilare; Scott Ososky; Deeja Cruz; Arthur Graesser
Date/Pages: September 2015; 36 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, and evaluation tools and methods. This report (one of 6 interdependent research outlines) focuses on effectiveness evaluation research for adaptive training and education with the goal of determining the individual, training, and organizational characteristics that influence the adaptive tutoring process before, during, and after training.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: September 1, 2015