ERIC Number: ED296716
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Intelligent Maintenance Training Technology. ONR Final Report. Technical Report No. 110.
Towne, Douglas M.; And Others
This report describes the Intelligent Maintenance Training System (IMTS), a set of software tools for composing and delivering simulation-based technical training. The goal in developing IMTS was to generate instructional interactions from device models composed of instances of generic objects. Problem selection in IMTS relies on the use of a normative model that reflects the structure of the target device. Proficiency measures are maintained for each student in terms of this model and support the selection of problems of appropriate difficulty and type. IMTS incorporates a formulation of generic diagnostic expertise, termed Profile, that: (1) explains the significance of particular test outcomes and remediates student beliefs about symptom implications; (2) recommends what to do next, taking completed tests into account; (3) assesses student proficiency; and (4) debriefs the students following each fault isolation exercise. A number of findings and recommendations concerning alternative approaches to simulation, student monitoring, problem selection, and student aiding are presented. The next steps for IMTS development are also outlined, including techniques for simulation devices whose complete functional behaviors cannot be reasonably specified, and the addition of features to support procedural training. The text is supplemented by 23 figures. (24 references) (Author/EW)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Naval Research, Arlington, VA.; Navy Personnel Research and Development Center, San Diego, CA.
Authoring Institution: University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Behavioral Technology Labs.