Integrating Training Simulations and e-Learning Systems: The SimSCORM Platform (Integratie van Training Simulaties en e-Learning Systemen: Het SimSCORM Platform)
TNO DEFENCE SECURITY AND SAFETY SOESTERBERG (NETHERLANDS)
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TNO has studied the integration of e-learning and simulation and developed an approach based upon integration by means of defacto standards HLA and SCORM. The SimSCORM platform was built as proof of concept of this approach. This SimSCORM platform provides a dynamic integration of both types of systems. Although not a unique effort, TNO has chosen a rather distinctive and flexible approach. In TNOs approach, each learning task in the LMS is treated as a separate simulation component, which has its own direct link to the HLA simulation. This integration allows real-time, two-way interaction between one or more simulators and the active learning task running in the LMS. The LMS, which can be any LMS as long as it is SCORM compliant, can be used for tracking, evaluation, and administration of training results, as well as for creating or starting scenarios for the simulator. Furthermore, the SimSCORM platform promotes improved execution of joint training simulations if necessary distributed, real-time assessment of learning processes, team training, the use of virtual instructors, without adaptations to the simulator or LMS provided they are respectively HLA and SCORM compliant.
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