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SVA and Kognito Interactive Partner on Training Simulations for Student Veterans

Posted on Thursday 19th September 2013 | Academia M&S

Student Veterans of America (SVA) and Kognito Interactive are partnering to provide institutions of higher education with a suite of online, skill-building simulations that prepare faculty, staff and student veterans to recognize and address challenges that student veterans may face as they transition from military to college life.

These challenges include social isolation, cultural disparities, academic difficulties, and mental-health issues such as post-deployment stress disorder (PTSD), depression, thoughts of suicide, and traumatic brain injury (TBI).

In each Veterans on Campus simulation, users enter a virtual practice environment and engage in a series of challenging role-play conversations with emotionally responsive and fully animated virtual students who realistically portray student veterans struggling with the adjustment to college life. The user’s task in each conversation is to help the virtual student through the challenges he or she faces and build the student’s motivation to actively resolve those challenges. Demos of these simulations are available at

The online simulations were built using Kognito’s proprietary “Human Interaction Game Engine™” that is based on research in neuroscience, virtual humans, social cognition, and adult learning theory. The simulations are available 24/7 online and include outreach materials and databases of local and national resources.

A study at 11 colleges found that faculty and staff who completed the Veterans on Campus training reported statistically significant increases in military cultural competence and gatekeeper skills (i.e., the skills to identify, approach, and refer a veteran exhibiting signs of psychological distress).

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Authored by Ms. Lori Ponoroff
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