Evaluating Simulators for Assessment of Mariner Proficiency
Final rept. Jan 2001
COAST GUARD RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER GROTON CT
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This report describes a process for evaluating the capability of simulators to support performance-based assessment of mariner proficiencies. The step-by-step approach produces an evaluation protocol for examining the following capabilities of a subject simulator to provide flexible exercise programming to the assessor to replicate the characteristics of actual equipment to simulate the operational conditions required to demonstrate the desired performance and to support thorough debriefing of the assessment candidate. The general method is illustrated with a case study, examining the capability of two PC based simulators to support the assessment of mariner performance in Automatic Radar Plotting Aid ARPA operation. The approach can be generalized to the evaluation of simulators of other marine equipment and of equipment in other industries, and to the evaluation of simulators for training. The method is compliant with the requirements of the International Maritime Organization IMO Seafarers Training, Certification and Watchkeeping STCW Code and with the best practices of Instructional Systems Development ISD.
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