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Interactive Environment Familiarization and Indicator Trainer: User Evaluation

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Technical Report

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Defence Research and Development Canada - Toronto Research Centre Toronto, Ontario Canada

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Defence Research and Development Canada Toronto Research Centre is developing the Environment Familiarization and Indicator Trainer EFIT as part of the Improvised Explosive Device IED Awareness Training Project of the Counter Improvised Explosive Device Technology Demonstration Program. EFIT is a training tool that provides instruction on IED combat indicators and what to look for in a given area of operation. A user evaluation was conducted with a prototype of Interactive EFIT software with seven members of the Peace Support Training Centre in Kingston Ontario. The intent of the evaluation was to determine the usability of Interactive EFIT and to gain user feedback on EFITs training potential. Participants were briefed on how to use the software and they were asked to perform four tasks using the think-aloud technique. Observations were made as to how participants interacted with the software. Participants also completed a usability questionnaire, rated the usefulness of Interactive EFIT for seven learning objectives and rated the usefulness of proposed features. Overall, participants evaluated the Interactive EFIT positively and found it to have potential as a training tool. Improvements should be made to Interactive EFIT to make the software more flexible, stimulating and intuitive.

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