Impact of Game-Based Training on Classroom Learning Outcomes
Final rept. Mar 2009-Mar 2010
NORTHROP GRUMMAN CORP FORT KNOX KY TECHNICAL SERVICES
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The research presented here compares current training methods with the application of game-based training GBT for selected tasks in an institutional environment classroomgarrison setting. This report focuses on the effectiveness of game-based simulations for training, as well as identification of strategies and methods for implementing such simulations. Multiple measures were obtained during two Advanced Leaders Courses a biographical survey, multiple-choice pre-test and post-test, feedback questionnaires, hotwashes and group interviews, and observations during assessment events e.g., terrain board testing, Close Combat Tactical Trainer exercises. Support for the effectiveness of GBT was found. The GBT group performed better on the post-test than the No-GBT group in one of the two courses. Both courses exhibited improvement from pre- to post-test, indicating that the course was effective in increasing Soldiers knowledge. The research team received valuable feedback on how to best employ GBT in the courses studied as well as in other institutional programs.
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