Simulation Learning Company 3Dsolve, Inc., and lead contractor Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), have delivered the first validated Level 4 Interactive Multimedia Instruction (IMI), the most advanced form of such instruction, for the US Army Signal Center. It is based at Fort Gordon, Georgia. The company developed a set of advanced simulations and supporting software for desktop computers that formed the basis of 110 hours of hands-on instruction required for the Signal Center’s entry-level Information Systems Operator-Analyst course, Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 25B10.
All courseware developed as part of this $1.8 million contract met stringent validation criteria established by the Army Training Support Center (ATSC) at Fort Eustis, Virginia. Meeting these criteria makes 3Dsolve’s 25B10 courseware the first Level 4 IMI to be fully validated by ATSC. In fact, ATSC devised new validation procedures specifically to be able to test the courseware. As a result of this validation, 3Dsolve has set the standard for all future Level 4 IMI instruction at the US Army Signal Center, and will affect simulation-based training throughout the US Army’s Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC).
The need for simulation-based training stems from the fact that today’s military faces demands that often make it impossible for them to dedicate sufficient time and resources to traditional classroom training. Increasing mission complexity and length, a geographically dispersed workforce, as well as constraints on travel and resources, make it difficult to accomplish the desired training goals.
“This courseware reflects the next generation of military learning technology,” said Richard Boyd, CEO of 3Dsolve. “Our solution provided a way to capture and expand upon subject matter expertise in an exciting new format geared specifically towards a changing training environment. The courseware we have developed is already enabling the Signal Center to train incoming recruits–the ‘digital natives’ who have grown up with e-mail, instant messaging, and immersive video games–to train for the 25B10 specialty in an environment well-suited to their style of learning.”