Proof of Concept Trade Study For Type-1 Operator Training
551ST ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS GROUP (ELSG) HANSCOM AFB MA
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The Virtual University VU is described as a computer-based, on-line environment enabling real-time interaction between students and instructors. To leverage the most suitable software for this project LM conducted a two-level proof of concept trade study. For Level I a vendor fly-off was conducted to solicit potential candidates for a virtual classroom solution and of those candidates a down-select process was engaged to determine the two most suitable software products. For Level II informal and formal demonstrations were conducted using a participant forum consisting of instructors, students, and observers. In Level I a request for quote was provided to each of the potential vendor candidates along with a formalized Requirements Matrix. The Requirements Matrix was based on a set of factors considered to be essential to the function of a VU. These factors included the ability to function as a live classroom, be employed over a network or the WWW using existing military infrastructure, enable hands-on use of TBMCS software and the ability to operate in a secure internet environment https. Of the eight vendor recipients four responded with a completed Requirements Matrix form. The four respondents were Centra, Click2learn, Intranet U, and iLincNS Nelson Stiltner Software. A weighted criteria set, based on the TBMCS Engineering Notebook, established the mechanism to collect responses for analysis and to select the two most suitable candidates.
- Computer Hardware
- Computer Systems
- Computer Programming and Software