Usability Optimization of a Military Training System

Roberto K. Champney (Design Interactive, Inc., USA), Christina M. Kokini (Design Interactive, Inc., USA), Kay M. Stanney (Design Interactive, Inc., USA) and Stephanie Lackey (University of Central Florida, Institute for Simulation and Training, USA)
Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 23
EISBN13: 9781466648197|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4046-7.ch015
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While the application of usability engineering principles and methods is similar in commercial and military contexts, there are key requirements and challenges in military domains that must be addressed. The aim of this chapter is to describe the application of a combination of usability engineering methods in the development of a military training system. The case involves the research, design, and development of an instructional support system to help instructors and warfighters find and execute suitable training lessons that meet their training needs. Through the application of multiple methods (contextual task analysis, iterative designs, heuristic evaluations, formative and summative evaluations), the requirements for the system were identified, the system was then designed, developed, and iteratively improved to optimize key operational performance identified with the support of field stakeholders.
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