Accession Number:

ADA470707

Title:

The Training, Retention, and Assessment of Digital Skills: A Review and Integration of the Literature

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Aug 2005-Oct 2006

Corporate Author:

ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES FORT BENNING GA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2006-11-01

Pagination or Media Count:

43.0

Abstract:

Skill training, retention, and assessment research from academia, industry, and the government is reviewed and its implications for digital skill training are discussed. Factors that affect digital skill retention are procedural e.g., the timing and sequencing of training trials, training techniques employed, individual e.g., intelligence or background knowledge, and task related e.g.,the number of steps per task, the cognitive difficulty of selected steps. Some of these factors have also been shown to impact digital operator training, but additional research needs to be done. Few experiments have made broad comparisons across all variables or have effectively quantified ways to evaluate or design effective digital training. Recommendations about how to modify specific digital courses should be validated. Much less work has been done in the area of collective digital training despite the fact that this comprises the majority of the training prescribed in the Army Digital Training Strategy. Research on the assessment of digital skills has produced a number of tools and procedures for assessing digital skills for both individual and collective training. Many of these tools have been well received by units who have used them but the tools still need to be formally validated.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE