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Advanced Training Systems: Benefits, Limitations, and some Policy Considerations

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To maximize individual learning, trainers can couple the realistic learning environments offered by virtual and mixed reality environments with the customized, precisely adaptive instruction offered by augmented cognition and cognitive enhancers of biological state. The objective of the present study is to explore the benefits, limitations, and constraints of these blended approaches and consider the types of policies that may be needed for three advanced training technology categories: tools for training and evaluation; tools for adapting to and augmenting the performance of trainees; and tools for adapting trainees so that they are biologically enhanced for learning. On the basis of this critical review it can be concluded that these new technologies have the potential to radically improve the efficiency and efficacy of training environments. However, numerous challenges to implementation persist. These adverse effects can be mitigated, but additional research is needed to identify the best methods for minimizing these hurdles.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: June 1, 2008

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  • The journal Technology is a forum for presentation of information encompassing essentially the entire field of applied sciences. Owing to the broad nature of applied sciences, authors should be guided by the interest of the readers who are likely to be knowledgeable non-specialists.

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