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Situated learning with co-operative agent simulations in team training.

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  • M. W. Dobson
  • M. Pengelly
  • Julie-Ann Sime
  • S. Albaladejo
  • E. Garcia
  • F. Gonzales
  • J. Maseda
Journal publication date09/2001
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
Number of pages27
Original languageEnglish


The paper describes pedagogic aspects of the theory, design, analysis techniques used and implementation experience acquired during the development of a team training simulation system with a virtual reality interface for learning from emergencies. In particular we demonstrate: the desirability of team training strategies; the value of using training scenarios for constructing shared mental models with intelligent agents, and the use of a virtual reality interface. We present a tool designed and developed to reify the communication acts of team members that demonstrates support for reflective learning. An evaluation tests the acceptability of the simulation and provides feedback from an observation study. The paper then shares some of the emergent questions raised through the project particularly those relating to the management of errors, the fidelity of simulations for training and communications between agents, and the organisational context of integration.