Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Air Force Employs CBT and Interactive Video to Instruct Jet Pilots

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Air Force Employs CBT and Interactive Video to Instruct Jet Pilots

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Air Force Employs CBT and Interactive Video to Instruct Jet Pilots

The U.S. Air Force recently overcame an instructional problem common in educational settings everywhere: how to effectively teach a diverse group of students without resorting to the lowest common denominator.

Fighter pilots have traditionally been taught their craft via platform instruction, workbooks, part-task trainers, simulators and sound-on-slide presentations. According to Major Jay Jones at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, this required an excessive number of man-hours.

Platform instructors in courses designed to upgrade the skills of pilots experienced with different jets, for example, had to commence teaching at the level of the least-knowledgeable students. And with part-task trainers, instructors had to look over students' shoulders to ascertain progress.

Jones, an action officer for emerging systems, helps implement and manage the program that's remedying this. Under the CBITS (Computer-Based Instructional Training System) project, fighter pilots and weapons system operators are provided self-paced, computer-based training.

System Components

Allen Communication's Quest authoring software and laserdisc players from Pioneer Communications of America, Inc. in Upper Saddle river, N.J., are part of the CBITS units supplied by Engineering and Economics Research (EER), Inc. of McLean, Va.

Technical merit and cost were the primary considerations in awarding the Air Force contract to EER, Jones says, but it was also important that the laserdisc-player component of the system have IBM InfoWindow touch-screen capability and a rapid frame-access time to hold user attention. …

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