Advanced Technical Training Systems:
technoloy assisted learning
The basic tools in our on-line training system platform and environment is
CouseWare, that integrates:
Information and Decision Support Systems have
always a didactic component:
informing, problem solving and teaching are closely related.
The same basic information technology and in particular,
multi media and distributed systems (Intra/Internet),
visualisation and GIS,
expert systems, and
that are at the core of information and decision support systems
also form the basis of advanced technical training systems,
whether they are classroom based or support on-line distance learning.
The advantages of computer-based interactive training, accessible
through the Internet, are obvious:
training is more efficient, reaching larger and distributed groups "asynchronously"
learning is more flexible:
Anywhere, Anytime, On Demand:
- training on demand, flexible timing;
- flexibility of access through the Internet;
- self-paced curricula, any time, any place;
- time efficiency - program stops when the objective has been reached, individual scheduling;
- immediate feedback and evaluation;
- interactive and experimental approach, immersive experience, dialog oriented (simulated tutor);
- transparent access to shared high-performance
computational and information resources.
- RTXPS, a real-time rule-based expert
system (simulated tutor) for "Socratic dialog" with immediate feedback,
Multiple choice tests including background
explanation and evaluations, and
Interactive models to explore complex processes and relationships.
ESS has developed a number of technology supported training systems, all related
to its core information systems products as next generation manuals and tutorials,
focused on environmental topics. These systems include:
on-line training material for the AirWare system, developed
in the E! 3266 EUREKA WEBAIR project.
training material for decision support and integrated water resources management (IWRM/DSS),
developed for the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI);
distance learning for advanced GIS training,
with emphasis on spatial environmental modeling
advanced technical training for risk assessment and management,
a EU funded research project under IST programme
a global multi-media system for environmental education
and training, an INCO-DC project
an Info 2000 project: a multi-media information resource for
air quality and environmental impact assessment