Scoring points that really count

Operational readiness is a key aspect of great warfighters, so how do they stay at the top of their game? Think flight-simulator-style training for missile defense. This individual, game-style approach to missile defense training motivates warfighters to keep their skillset current, while tracking proficiency throughout their career. And if their skills aren’t up to snuff, the system can adapt scenarios to provide the customized experience they need to perform at their best.

Motivation, preparation and proficiency mapping

Project Details

Proposal Title:
SCORE: Simulated Challenge for Operational Readiness and Engagement
Missile Defense Agency
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Start Dates:
2015, 2016

The goal of SCORE is to create a cost-effective, individualized, flexible, and engaging system foundation for improving training and mission readiness for warfighters. By creating serious games that are individual and on-demand, less time will be needed to coordinate the large in-person exercises that have been used to train in the past.

How we did it

With SCORE, we are leveraging best practices from the psychology of motivation and engagement, which led to the incorporation of game design and simulation in the learning lifecycle. The need we identified was an individual game-based learning environment that bridges the gap between schoolhouse training and high-fidelity, simulated exercises to give learners the opportunity to apply skills in simulated scenarios with a well-defined scoring algorithm that maps the user’s actions and decisions to contributing competencies.

The solution enables a data-driven, competency-centric learning lifecycle by integrating with external simulations, analyzing user interaction data, generating performance metrics, and presenting the user’s performance in a game design. By providing challenges personalized to the learner’s current skill level, the hours spent in training can be reduced. And by utilizing gamification techniques, learners will be motivated to hone and maintain their skillset through their career. This foundational system can improve training effectiveness in corporate and academic training environments, as well.