Accelerating Instructor Mastery

Period of Performance: 11/02/2015 - 09/02/2016

$80K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Cognitive Performance Group of Florida
3662 Avalon Park Blvd E Array
Orlando, FL 32828
Firm POC
Principal Investigator

Abstract

Military instructors do not have the time or support necessary to achieve mastery or even ensure continued professional development during their tenure as instructors. Teaching skill must develop to adequate levels in the early months of the typical three-year tenure and continue to grow and progress after initial formal training. Each formal school in the Marine Corps has a unique method of initial preparation of new instructors, but none have sufficient time and resources to formally provide instructors with sustainment or enrichment training to continue and accelerate development during their tenure. Advanced instructional techniques that support the students in deep understanding, flexible application of knowledge, and critical thinking skills are necessary to meet operational demands for adaptive application of knowledge across dynamically changing operational environments. CPG proposes to produce the Accelerated Instructor Development (AIM) System to support current Marine Instructor Training & Readiness standards (2015). A problem-based learning approach will inform the design of context-based training and practice, informed by the detailed developmental roadmap found in the CPG Instructor Mastery Model from which the current Marine standards were drawn. The system will provide individual lessons accessible by tablet and the internet.