“Connect with Haji Kamal” and “LanguageQuest” are being featured by the Dept. of Education and the Small Business Administration as part of a focus on SBIR-funded learning games.
There’s a good overview on the SBA blog, and an excellent YouTube playlist of almost 60 learning games.
The Dept. of Education is hosting an ED Games Expo on Dec. 9th in Washington, DC, where we’ll be showing both games. If you’d like to attend, RSVP here. We hope to see you there!
We’ve been selected to showcase our work on the Warrior Stories Platform at the upcoming Defense Innovation Summit in Austin. Doug Nelson will be presenting about the web-based therapy tool in the Medical Technology Challenges track, and we’ll be showing the tool on the expo floor as well. Please reach out if you’ll be attending and would like to connect.
The workplace simulation “Managing Competing Priorities” has entered beta testing. This short, high-impact, scenario-based training puts the learner in the role of an employee in a matrixed organization, faced with two demanding managers, tight deadlines, and needy colleagues. The course is being developed in partnership with Aperian Global, who will market the course once it’s launched in November.
We’re happy to announce the “Therapist Testing” release of the Warrior Stories Platform is now ready for evaluation by behavioral health providers. The main goals of the evaluation process are to identify interface and functionality issues with the prototype, and to help us understand how the tool can be best integrated into a clinical environment.
If you’re an art therapist, psychologist, counselor, social worker or other behavioral health provider who works with trauma and / or PTSD, and you’d like to give us input on the tool, please contact Kat at firstname.lastname@example.org. The process involves a live screen-sharing session to introduce the tool, a week of access for you to experiment with it, and then a follow-up phone discussion to gather your feedback.
We’re demonstrating the Warrior Stories Platform at the American Art Therapy Association conference this week in Minneapolis. Kat and Heather are demonstrating the tool on the show floor, and are discussing it at several presentations at the conference. Please stop by if you’d like to learn more about the tool, try it out, or contribute a panel to the showcase.
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.
Doug was invited by the U.S. Army to conduct scenario training for the Regional Command North Training Event at the Joint Force Training Centre in Bydgoszcz, Poland. More than one hundred soldiers from nine NATO and Partnership for Peace Nations participated, along with representatives of the Afghan National Army and the Afghan National Police.
The Kinection team completed Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) certification training this month. CITI provides education that ensures that researchers know how to treat research subjects ethically.
CITI training covers protection of human research subjects, good clinical practice, health information privacy and security, and responsible conduct for researchers.
Our certification is part of our commitment to the ethical research that guides the design of our tools.
On June 3-4, 2009, Kinection attended the U.S. Army Research Institute’s (ARI) Intercultural Assessment and Training Tools Interim Project Review meeting in Crystal City, Virginia. During this two-day event, companies with intercultural SBIRs through ARI shared their project status and discussed opportunities for collaboration. Read more…
The Kinection team was privileged to be taken on a tour of the USS Midway by Ed Lavieri, during its San Diego Planning Meeting. The Midway was the first ship that Ed was assigned to and he shared memories of his time there during the tour. (Shown here: Scott, Yuko, Mia, Brian, Lena, Doug, Ed, Jenna, and Dawn)
We photographed characters and scenery for the cut-scenes in the Report Writing Game. The police officers didn’t know what they were getting into, but soon found themselves having to freeze in awkward positions and keep their mouths open. Our main “actor” almost didn’t show–he had to kick the door of a homicide suspect’s house just prior to the shoot–but arrived late, quite apologetic about dirtying his boots. I promised him that could be cleaned up in Photoshop.
AJ embedded with the Sheriff’s Dept. during the research phase of the Police Report Writing Game. It was fun to explore behind-the-scenes, such as the drunk tank, dispatch control room, and evidence storage area. AJ’s least favorite location: the rear seat of the police car.