This week we submitted our deliverables for Phase I of the “Task-based Communications Training System” to the Office of Naval Research (ONR). The deliverables included a review of language and culture training solutions currently in use by the Marine Corps (our first target customer), a set of competencies for the first phase of the project, and a curriculum for basic language, culture, and nonverbal behaviors.
The project will use games to help Marines learn basic communication and cultural skills for selected regions. A key difference from existing solutions is that Marines will be able to tailor the curriculum to the kinds of tasks they will perform while deployed — so a Rifleman working patrols will have one study path, while a Medic preparing for a humanitarian mission will have another. This customization will allow Marines to develop basic competence in targeted areas much more quickly.