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Advanced Design Approach for Personalised Training ? Interactive Tools


The ADAPT Method is an Instructional Systems Development (ISD) Method dedicated to the 4C/ID model. The 4C/ID model is described as a separate result, owned by OUNL, but it is a public document and fully usable to the consortium and others. As such partners will refer to using the Method as part of their exploitation plans, with reference to the 4C/ID model as well. Next to the analysis and design steps of 4C/ID and the resulting training blueprint, the ADAPT Method describes the activities related to project definition and needs assessment, before the 4C/ID steps are taken. This includes tasks as management and planning, analysing the target population, and understanding the constraints on the project. Development of training materials and implementation of training are not covered by the ADAPT Method. The evaluation process is part of the ADAPT Method again. A review on evaluation is provided and a practical ADAPT evaluation is described to cover three of the four levels of Kirkpatrick: reaction, learning and behaviour, where on the learning level, specific assessment may be required during the implementation of training for the personalised training aspects of the ADAPT Method. The 4C/ID model that was developed by Van Merrienboer (1997), constitutes the basis of the ADAPT Method. The 4C/ID model provides a systematic approach to the analysis and the design of training programmes for complex cognitive skills. The application of the approach results in the description of a training design blueprint that can be used by instructional designers to design effective and efficient training. The model focuses on the integration and coordinated performance of task-specific constituent skills, it makes a critical distinction between supportive information and required just-in-time information, and it recommends whole task learning. The basic message of the 4C/ID-model is that environments for complex learning can always be described in terms of four interrelated blueprint components, namely, learning tasks, supportive information, just-in-time information, and part-task practice. The 4C/ID model will be further developed on the basis of studies carried out to investigate in greater detail important aspects, such as the timing of information presentation, modalities of information presentation, and optimal step sizes in process worksheets for learning tasks. The model is described in a public document and fully usable to the consortium and others. In addition, all further developments of the model will be described in public documents. In 2004 a new more 'practice-oriented' description of the model will appear in bookform. More information on the ADAPT-IT project can be found on the project's web-site:
ADAPT-IT offers a powerful training design tool, based on the renowned Four Component Instructional Design Model by Jeroen van Merrienboer. His book with the same name was a bestseller in the training design community. Now the method has been translated in a powerful tool that supports the design of training for complex cognitive skills. ADAPT-IT offers training designers a powerful tool, which: - Supports the design of more effective training programmes for complex cognitive skills through a practice oriented training approach that maximises student performance and optimises mental effort; - Increases the efficiency of the training design process by version control, standardisation, reuse of existing training designs and enhanced communication within the training design and development team. The Advanced Design Approach for Personalised Training, Interactive Tools (ADAPT-IT) -project's dissemination results consisted of various activities, including: - Public deliverables - The following deliverables are public: D2.3 Literature review, D5.7 Evaluation report, D6.4 Validation report, D8.6 Standards compliance, D9.2 Training designers final report, D9.3 Educational scientists final report, D9.6 ADAPT-IT PR materials and media - Symposium and workshop - On the 3rd and 4th June 2003 a concluding symposium and workshop were organised at EUROCONTROL/IANS in Luxembourg to present the outcomes of the ADAPT-IT project to the European user community. The workshop consisted of a half - day symposium introducing the background of the project, including the underlying Four Component Instructional Design Model. The other one and a half days were spent on a workshop that provided the participants with the opportunity to actually work with the ADAPTIT method and the tool. The invited potential users came from different EU Member States and different domains and reflected an updated list of potential users. The majority of the symposium participants came from the Netherlands and the Air Traffic Control domain, which can be explained by the background of the consortium partners. - Journal article - De Croock, M.B.M., Paas, F.G.W.C., Schlanbusch, H., & van Merrienboer, J.J.G. (2002). ADAPT-IT: Instructional Design (ID) tools for training design and evaluation. Educational Technology, Research and Development, 50(4), 47-58. - The ADAPT-IT flyer - A flyer was written to present the background of the project, its purpose, the consortium and an overview of the unique selling points of the method and the tool. - The ADAPT-IT website - The official project website can be found at This site provides information on the project, the consortium, and the method and the tool. - ADAPT-IT on the PROACTe website - Information on ADAPT-IT can also be found on the PROACTE website. On the site, information can be found on EU projects in educational technologies in an interactive way. - ADAPT-IT on the CORDIS website (FACT SHEET) - From the start of the project, there has been ADAPT-IT information available on the CORDIS web-site, which provides Community information for and about R&D projects. - Presentations - The individual partners have presented to tools within their organisation and to (potential) clients. In the future, demonstrations of ADAPT-IT will be given at workshops, such as the one at IANS in Luxembourg in June 2003. Furthermore, the tools will be promoted at conferences and seminars, in which different partners will participate, such as ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation) global and regional training conferences. The tool will also be presented at informal meetings with representatives from other organisations, and another article will be written about the validation of the method in practice, covering the WP5 and WP6 activities.