The primary objective of flight training is to impart learning in a safe, efficient, and effective manner. However, there is always room for improvement to increase learning effectiveness.
In the first chapter of the Human Performance Guide, we look at some of the improvements possible.
To get to the heart of these improvements, CAE’s Council for Human Performance Excellence (hpX) surveyed the instructor cadre to ascertain the state of human performance knowledge and its application within all areas. Their results included a desire to increase the understanding of human behavior, leadership, and threat and error management.
While teaching has been traditionally instructor-led based on the two teaching approaches of "stick" or "carrot", a third option is student-led learning or learner-centric teaching. Other learner-centric methods can be used, but these elements cannot be designed, developed, and resourced without considerable preparation within an instructional design framework.
Instructional design plays a crucial role in improving learning. The ADDIE model is currently used by our Instructional Systems Designers (ISDs) and is a basis for all CAE courseware design, as per the EASA and UK CAA publications. ICAO also describes a similar process in PANS-TRG. Unfortunately, most courses still result in scrap learning when content delivered is not later applied by the learner in their role.
An improved CAE ISD framework will include a full Behavioral Systems Analysis (BSA), including additional analysis, extensive evaluation, and continuous improvement.
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