An Analytical Method for Assessing the Effectiveness of Human in the Loop Simulation Environments: A work in progress
Hodges, Glenn A.
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This paper discusses the development of the Integrated Training Environment Assessment Methodology (ITEAM). ITEAM is proposed as a way to assess integrated human in the loop (HITL) simulation training environment effectiveness (i.e. to determine how well the simulation tools support the deliberate practice of specific skills) at the human ability level. A work in progress, ITEAM has been used to reassess two previously evaluated military simulation environments -- the game Full Spectrum Command (2004) and the Engagement Skills Trainer Heavy Weapons Variant (2008). ITEAM results from both studies closely resemble and often match those concluded in the original empirical training effectiveness analysis (TEA) studies. A third study is currently underway to solidify ITEAM validity.