New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
The Systems Engineering Experience Accelerator (SEEA) project created a new approach to developing the systems engineering workforce which augments traditional, in-class education methods with educational technologies aimed at accelerating skills and experience with immersive simulated learning situations that engage learners with problems to be solved. Although educational technology is used in a variety of domains to support learning, the SEEA is one of the few such technologies that supports development of the systems engineering workforce.
While the existing technology infrastructure and experience content is useful, it is limited in its ability to support a community of educators and developers. The SEEA was developed with a goal of transitioning to an open-source sustainment model which will provide long-term support for a community of educators and learners in creating learning exercises to address their specific needs. Currently, it is difficult to design and develop educational content without significant knowledge of the SEEA design.
This research task is focused on developing a set of tools specifically for educators and developers outside the SEEA research and development team, to support their designing and developing learning modules for their use. It concentrates on a subset of possible tools prioritized by the likelihood of having the most impact on facilitating module development. The tools development efforts fall into four major categories – simulation tools for building and testing simulation models that mimic the behavior and results of programs that focus on system design and development, experience building tools that provide the structure for such system engineering experiences and the events that occur in them, learning assessment tools to measure the efficacy of the experience, and EA infrastructure changes to support this work.
This paper describes the capabilities of these tools and provides an evaluation of their capabilities in the update of an existing experience and the development of a number of new educational experiences. In addition, their use is learning assessment is discussed. The paper concludes with a description of our future directions.
Zhang, P., & Bodner, D. A., & Turner, R. G., & Arnold, R. D., & Wade, J. P. (2016, June), The Experience Accelerator: Tools for Development and Learning Assessment Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26162
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