Assessing the Use of Game-Based Exercises in the Staff Attack-the-Network Course
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The U.S. Army increasingly relies on serious games as a training tool for tactical tasks. The use of game-based exercises is nonetheless a novel approach for training human-intelligence tasks. In order to determine the extent to which a virtual game-based environment provided an effective means to apply human-intelligence skill, two forms of scenario-based practical exercises were compared in the Attack the Network course. Course performance and perceptions of training were compared across students who completed traditional paper-based practical exercises and students who completed practical exercises based in the Armys Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment game-based training environment. The game-based practical exercises did no better in increasing end-of-course test scores than did traditional paper-based practical exercises. In addition, the paper-based practical exercises were perceived as more beneficial to learning and course outcomes as compared to the game-based practical exercises. These results add to the growing literature that fails to find a relative advantage of game-based training.
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