Training Shipbuilders With the Classroom of the Future (The National Shipbuilding Research Program)
NEWPORT NEWS SHIPBUILDING AND DRY DOCK CO VA
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To achieve the quality and productivity gains necessary to compete successfully in a global market, shipbuilders must prepare employees to apply diverse principles to complex problems. Rote learning of facts is no longer a useful paradigm for training employees to accomplish a wide range of shipbuilding jobs. Imagine a classroom where the instructor has the ability to monitor the trainees level of comprehension and motivation, even as the presentation is underway. This same classroom provides the instructor with instantaneous control over a complete suite of advanced instructional equipment and environmental conditions. Newport News Shipbuilding has used the interactive technologies provided by such a classroom, combined with group facilitation methods to significantly improve pass rates in a trades radiological control training program from 67 to 89. One result of this improved pass rate is that retraining requirements in this program have been reduced by 67. This report describes the use of this Advanced Technology Classroom ATC to meet customer requirements to upgrade classroom performance of radiological control employees. The customers challenge, our review of the available technology, and the characteristics of the ATC will be discussed. The effects of organizational variables, normative change in the classroom, and relevant research concerning the use Of interactive instructional technology will also be covered. Finally, the implications of the ATC for other shipyard training will be addressed.
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