Accession Number : ADA308091

Title :   The Use of Computer-Based Planning to Enhance the Effectiveness and Efficiency of Simulation-Based Team Training.

Descriptive Note : Doctoral thesis,

Corporate Author : UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA ORLANDO

Personal Author(s) : Stone, George F., III

PDF Url : ADA308091

Report Date : 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 239

Abstract : To ensure user acceptance and success of technology-enhanced training in an era of declining budgets and scarce resources, civilian and military organizations must exploit effective and efficient planning and evaluation tools as part of simulation-based training. The purpose of this research is to validate the hypothesis that computer-based (automated) planning tools will improve training planning effectiveness and efficiency for simulation-based team training exercises. A modified pretest-posttest control group experimental design was used to determine the effectiveness and efficiency of a computer-based training planning model. Performance measures, as well as, cognitive mapping and clustering techniques aided the assessment of the automated training planning tool. The treatment group of 27 two-person teams used a computer-based planning tool to develop a plan for conducting simulation-based training, while a control group of 25 two-person teams used current manual planning methods. Both groups then executed their respective training plans in a constructive simulation program called Janus. Results indicate that the group which used the computer-based planning tool had a significantly better mental model of the training planning process than the control group. Based on statistical tests comparing relevant performance measures, the study concludes that a computer-based planning tool has the potential to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of simulation-based team training.

Descriptors :   *MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL, *TEAMS(PERSONNEL), *COMPUTER APPLICATIONS, *COMPUTER AIDED INSTRUCTION, *TRAINING MANAGEMENT, AUTOMATION, MODELS, TRAINING DEVICES, TOOLS, STATISTICAL TESTS, COGNITION, EFFICIENCY, OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS, USER NEEDS, MAPPING, HYPOTHESES, BUDGETS, MENTAL ABILITY, MILITARY ORGANIZATIONS, ACCEPTABILITY.

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE