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Innovative Simulation Based Online System For Learning Engineering And Training Sailors’ Technical Skills

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition


Chicago, Illinois

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June 18, 2006

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June 18, 2006

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June 21, 2006



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Software and e-learning in the ME curriculum

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Mechanical Engineering

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11.770.1 - 11.770.10



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Yakov Cherner ATeL, LLC


Arnold Lotring Submarine Learning Center

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Admiral Arnold O. Lotring is the Commanding Officer of the Submarine Learning Center, a command responsible for the coordination of submarine shore training at all of the Navy’s seven submarine shore learning sites in the United States and Guam. He is a career Submarine Naval Officer. Captain Lotring has served on five submarines including command of USS MINNEAPOLIS-ST PAUL (SSN 708) a fast attack submarine homeported in Norfolk, Virginia. Navy assignments in training and education have included duty as the Atlantic Submarine Force’s Prospective Commanding Officer Instructor where he trained over ninety future submarine Commanding Officers and as Commanding Officer of Naval Submarine School.

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Robert Klein Submarine Learning Center

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Commander Robert "Bob" Klein is a reservist currently serving as the Functional Integration Director at the Submarine Learning Center. He is responsible for establishing submarine training to support the rapid insertion of COTS based systems. He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a Masters in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas.

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Thomas Campbell Submarine Learning Center

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Lieutenant Thomas E. Campbell now serves as the Training Systems Delivery Directorate at the Submarine Learning Center. He served as a staff instructor at Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit in Ballston spa, NY, as the Chemistry and Radiological Controls Officer, Damage Control Officer, and the Tactical Systems Officer aboard the USS MARYLAND, and as the Navigator aboard the USS HARTFORD. LT Campbell holds BS in Mechanical Engineering from Auburn University and MS in Physics from the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey (CA).

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Innovative Simulation-based Online System for Learning Engineering and Training Sailors’ Technical Skills

Abstract This paper describes the simulation-based online training course “Applied Engineering Principles”, that is being developed to assist submarine technical personnel in understanding applied engineering principles as well as to enhance their skills in preventing and troubleshooting emergency situations. The system combines educational and training capabilities. The system challenges the learner to explore the design and operation of several major devices and their components in a virtual computerized environment. The underlying technological principles and scientific laws are linked to the virtual reality experience. The system is designed with a flexible multi-layered and open-ended architecture. It comprises virtual experiments, interactive lessons, problem exercises, quizzes, integrated assessment and auxiliary tools for instructional modification. All training resources are based on a uniform pedagogical approach and are conceptually linked in such a way that they compliment each other. The system employs “learning-by-doing’ and problem-based training methodologies that prove to be effective for all learners including those with limited technical training but who will be assigned to highly technical job areas. This new approach attempts to provide alternate opportunities for the learner to understand and master technical training topics. The interactive simulation-based course “Applied Engineering Principles”, can work well in many settings both outside and inside the classroom, over the Web, Intranet or on a stand-alone computer. The simulations can be utilized as capstone experiences to a classroom lecture series as well. This paper focuses on the chapter Steam Power Plant of the ”Applied Engineering Principles” curriculum.

The vast majority of simulation-based learning systems currently used for military training purposes focus primary on new personnel familiarization and the development of specific practical procedures and maintenance skills. In contrast, most e-learning solutions for teaching technical disciplines implemented in academic institutions are designed to provide fundamental knowledge in a particular area. The simulation-based engineering training system, ENGSKILLSNET, currently being developed by the Submarine Learning Center (SLC) is designed to achieve dual objectives: to enhance sailors’ skills in maintenance, troubleshooting and recovering from casualty (or infrequent) operations and to assist submarine technical personnel in learning applied engineering principles. This approach combines exacting simulations of actual operating systems along with opportunities for the student to master complex engineering principles through the association of real life observations of their acquired experiences and understanding. Because of that, the system comprises two major parts: (1) modules that simulate the operation of the major submarine systems and devices (ENGSKILLSNET),

Cherner, Y., & Lotring, A., & Klein, R., & Campbell, T. (2006, June), Innovative Simulation Based Online System For Learning Engineering And Training Sailors’ Technical Skills Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--1225

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