DiSTI finished off 2019 with the capstone release of VE Studio 2019.4. This latest release incorporates features initially developed for the U.S. Army’s Family of Maintenance Trainers and are making their way into VE Studio as commercially available features. Specifically, making it easier for commercial customers to create and sustain the curriculum of multiple variants of similar equipment. Secondly, enabling instructors to insert faults during a student’s Freeplay session dynamically.
As training organizations scale to offer more content over the lifespan of a piece of equipment, continue evolving due to market changes or improvements, sustaining that maintenance courseware typically becomes more complex and costly to update and deliver alongside the existing versions of the training to the field. If the initial training was hand-coded, this could require a complete re-write of the training and publishing of new runtimes.
There are inherent complexities of creating multiple models, courseware lessons, and dynamic faults that stymie virtual training development. Additionally, publishing the courses that create additional overhead on initial course development as well as long-term sustainment can prove challenging. Costs of coding each variable and publishing runtimes can become prohibitive. This approach negatively affects the sustainability of the courseware.
VE Studio’s features enable training organizations to overcome these challenges. VE Studio’s new support for equipment variants simplified the development processes while simultaneously constraining costs by reusing most of the previous content. It also sped the delivery of the runtimes to the field by integrating variant support directly into the Training Assistant, making it easier for instructors to create new lessons and assign to their students.
This enables training development teams to create and sustain content faster and more economically over the life of the program.
Some additional features that improve the user experience within the runtime include enhanced student session recording capabilities and controls throughout the Training Assistant, as well as the insertion of Dynamic Faults into a student session, which allows instuctors to change up the training course and challenge students in the classroom to respond to new scenarios outside of a linear learning path.