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Army beta tests SHARP counseling with avatars

Army explores avatar-based training

The Army last week conducted beta tests on the ELITE SHARP Command Team Trainer laptop-based training software.

The ELITE SHARP CTT program is a spinoff of the Emergent Leader Immersive Training Environment - Counseling application, which uses avatar-based scenarios to teach counseling techniques for junior leaders.  SHARP refers to sexual harassment/assault response and prevention, and the application provides instructional demonstrations and interactive practice scenarios related to SHARP incidents.

Users and participants in the beta provided feedback and comments to the developers, which will be reviewed for improving the software.  A revised version will be provided to the SHARP Program Office and then passed to the National Simulation Center for software validation.  After validation, the software will be evaluated by the Army Research Institute for its effectiveness in achieving its goal of providing better virtual or immersive training.

"We want to provide a virtual interpersonal environment for the unit command team to practice baseline knowledge and skills so they have some practice before they have to deal with a SHARP incident involving a soldier," said Ashley Russell, process improvement specialist with the Army SHARP Program Office.

Posted by Mark Pomerleau on Sep 16, 2015 at 1:49 PM


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