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Learning Asset Technology Integration Support Tool Design Document

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The Defense Acquisition University DAU partnered with George Mason University GMU to identify research-driven processes and methods for incorporating Advanced Learning Technologies ALT in a pedagogically sound manner within DAU learning assets. A performance analysis, conducted in fall 2009, indicated a need for a framework that assists DAU personnel in the selection and integration of ALT. In collaboration with DAU stakeholders, this framework was named the Learning Asset Technology Integration Support Tool LATIST. A usage-centered design process was used to develop LATIST. This technique, commonly used in software development, focuses on identifying user needs to develop a product that allows the users to fulfill their needs in an easy, effective, and efficient way. As part of a content and task analysis, user needs were confirmed, tasks necessary for users to obtain optimal benefit while using LATIST were identified, and content requirements were established. LATIST would allow the user to 1 explore what the research says about a technology such as advantages and disadvantages 2 select a best technology for user conditions such as learning objectives and bandwidth constraints and 3 review and learn how to apply a selected technology. Based on the results of the content and task analysis, it was determined that LATIST would be best utilized as an electronic performance support tool. A performance support subject matter expert recommended that for maximum effectiveness, information in LATIST should be explicit, accessible, and usable. The expert also confirmed that the three LATIST components represented a successful integration of process and knowledge.

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  • Information Science
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

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