Army Virtual Learning Environment, Advanced Digital Training – 92L and 92W
StraCon and our partner LSI, were awarded two contracts to develop innovative virtual training and education (T&E) products for the U.S. Army Quartermaster School. Under the Army Virtual Learning Environment (AVLE) IDIQ contract, Team StraCon will design, develop and deliver advanced digital training and eLearning products for the Petroleum and Water Department’s MOS 92W Water Treatment Specialist and MOS 92L Petroleum Laboratory Specialist advanced individual training (AIT) for Soldiers at Fort Lee, VA. Our innovative virtual training products include digital training enablers (DTEs) for the Quartermaster School. DTEs are interactive 3D virtual replicas of the actual equipment and systems that MOS 92W and 92L Soldiers use while conducting logistical support during operational missions. These virtual but lifelike systems allow Soldiers to retain more procedural task knowledge through ease-of-use and augmented repetition, so when Soldiers complete the DTE modules, they are ready to fully engage with the actual systems and components. By using DTEs in a blended program of instruction, mastery of requisite of MOS task procedural skills can happen in hours instead of days required using legacy classroom instruction methods. DTEs are created using gaming development tools and use 3D immersive modeling and simulation (M&S) approaches to create immersive, scenario-based training for Soldiers to reinforce and apply knowledge and skills acquired in classroom settings before moving on to training on the actual equipment or systems in a field environment. Training with the virtual DTE simulators in a Serious-Game setting provides a learner-centric bridge between traditional classroom instruction and live training providing time and resource savings. Additionally, Team StraCon is developing interactive multimedia instruction (IMI) hosted on the Blackboard LMS and instructional videos both live action and 3D animations as part of a holistic blended curriculum tailored for Sustainment Soldiers.