LRNT 521: Unit 1 – Activity 3 | Virtual Symposium Critical Academic Reflective Blog Post

Our 1st course, LRNT 521, part of the MALAT 2021 – 2023 program, began with the Virtual Symposium. With a variety of presentations by different speakers, Mark Regan’s topic of Air Traffic Control Training Addressing Student Task Saturation through the Use of Simulator Technologies by the Royal Canadian Air Force, caught my attention, for several reasons:

Firstly, as an undergraduate student at the University of Calgary, I had a software engineering course, SENG 443, with an Air Traffic Controller (ATC) project. Almost 20 years later, I still remember this course, project, and our professor, Dr. Stephen Rochefort (n.d.), who has also been a faculty member at Royal Roads University (RRU).  In fact, I archived all previous coursework, SENG 443 Project 2 Component Architecture Air Traffic Control (ATC) (2002), as collaborative roadmaps are invaluable in the future.

Secondly, the usage of technology for trainees, is also of professional interest. In my current position as an eLearning Developer, we have started investigating the design, development, and deployment, of effective workforce training solutions, using the Unity3D platform. Unity is also the platform used by Microsoft and Sony for their XBox and PlayStation platforms, respectively. Our premise is Unity3D could also be leveraged and utilized across our organization, in a variety of areas, such as aviation, marine, and security. Furthermore, this would reinforce our organization’s commitment and involvement as part of digital transformation. Finally, our organization invests in the upskilling of both students and trainees, leading towards full-time employment and the start of their careers; consequently, we constantly strive to deliver effective and engaging learning solutions.

Thirdly, the analysis and methodology used, can also be applied across organizational verticals. Unified data sets and similar target audiences are desirable to develop a common framework. Moving forward, data sets could be updated and revised as required, and niche audience groups could also be created. This would result in both cost savings, for repetitive work, and cost avoidance, for potentially deploying ineffective training solutions, across an organization. Consequently, both human capital and budget would be allocated as best deemed fit.

In conclusion, I enjoyed this presentation as I learned how to deliver findings, before developing a prototype. Ideally, the time and effort spent doing proper research and analysis should result in high quality, mean viable product, within budget. Practically, this is always the objective of any organization, across sectors.

References:

Regan, M., (2021). Air Traffic Control Training Addressing Student Task Saturation through the Use of Simulator Technologies by the Royal Canadian Air Force. [Video]. BlueJeans. http://bit.ly/EarlMarkVS2021

Stephen Rochefort, Ph.D., R.Psych. (n.d.)  [LinkedIn page]. LinkedIn. Retrieved May 17, 2021, from: Stephen Rochefort, Ph.D., R.Psych. | LinkedIn

(Mohamed H., Punj A., Puri N., Santos C., Singh K.) (2002). SENG 443 Project 2 Component Architecture Air Traffic Control (ATC). Unpublished manuscript. University of Calgary

 

 

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