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Title: Training in Virtual Training Environments: Connecting Theory to Practice
Authors: Moskaliuk, Johannes
Bertram, Johanna
Cress, Ulrike
Issue Date: Jun-2011
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Moskaliuk, J., Bertram, J., & Cress, U. (2011). Training in Virtual Training Environments: Connecting Theory to Practice. In Spada, H., Stahl, G., Miyake, N., & Law, N. (Eds.), Connecting Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning to Policy and Practice: CSCL2011 Conference Proceedings. Volume I — Long Papers (pp. 192-199). Hong Kong, China: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: Many institutions, such as the police, use virtual environments as part of their training and education programs. Typical scenarios that are being trained virtually are of high complexity, require intensive communication between team members, consist of situations in which individual human beings are in danger, and are not trainable in real-life situations. In this paper we describe the virtual training environment VirtualPolice. Its theory-based development process is explicated to show how theory was connected to practice. We present which specific needs were evaluated in order to define training goals. We introduce our theoretical base and argue why such virtual training environments can support the acquisition of knowledge-in-use, the ability of team members to take the perspective of others, and reflection of team performance. This makes it possible to identify those features of virtual training environments that enable successful training, and to point out how these may be implemented.
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