Title

Exploring the Best Practices of Virtual Training Delivery for the Prospective Air Traffic Controllers

Presenter Email

sunl@erau.edu

Location

Jim W. Henderson Administration & Welcome Center (Bldg. #602)

Start Date

13-8-2018 9:00 AM

End Date

13-8-2018 10:15 AM

Submission Type

Presentation

Keywords

web-based training, virtual training, virtual reality, augmented reality

Abstract

The recent steady growth in the volume of air traffic in the National Airspace System has increased the public’s need for continued safe and efficient air traffic control services. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) plans to hire more air traffic controllers (ATCs) over the next few years. This initiative will keep up with increased traffic volume and replace the large number of ATCs expected to retire in the next ten years. Along with increased hiring, the FAA will also need to provide up-to-date and cost-effective training that will enable new hires to maintain dynamic traffic flow during ongoing increases in traffic volume. Training on complex procedures, rules, and traffic patterns is a key component in the education of the perspective ATCs at the FAA Academy. Since the perspective ATCs are from a generation accustomed to learning via media-rich, computer-based interfaces to interact with instructors and peers, using online and computer-based training modalities is essential to achieving transfer of training into performance on the job. This study looked at the perceptions of students and instructors on virtual training delivery methods, and how they could be utilized to improve the current training techniques at FAA academy and Collegiate Training Initiative (CTI) Schools. To determine student’s perception of virtual training delivery, face-to-face interviews and online surveys were conducted. These results will help guide the development of new training courses to promote technology enriched self-learning environment and easy assessment of student performance to improve the current training outcomes at FAA Academy and CTI schools.

Presenter Biography

Dr. Lulu Sun is an associate professor of Engineering Fundamentals Department at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where she has taught since 2006. She received her Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of California, Riverside in 2006. Before joining Embry-Riddle, she worked for Arup at Los Angeles office as a fire engineer. Her research interests include second language acquisition in programming languages, flipped classroom, best practices of virtual training delivery, sustainability and entrepreneurship in engineering education. She is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education, and a member of Air Traffic Control Association. She has published over 40 journal and conference articles nationally and internationally.

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Exploring the Best Practices of Virtual Training Delivery for the Prospective Air Traffic Controllers

Jim W. Henderson Administration & Welcome Center (Bldg. #602)

The recent steady growth in the volume of air traffic in the National Airspace System has increased the public’s need for continued safe and efficient air traffic control services. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) plans to hire more air traffic controllers (ATCs) over the next few years. This initiative will keep up with increased traffic volume and replace the large number of ATCs expected to retire in the next ten years. Along with increased hiring, the FAA will also need to provide up-to-date and cost-effective training that will enable new hires to maintain dynamic traffic flow during ongoing increases in traffic volume. Training on complex procedures, rules, and traffic patterns is a key component in the education of the perspective ATCs at the FAA Academy. Since the perspective ATCs are from a generation accustomed to learning via media-rich, computer-based interfaces to interact with instructors and peers, using online and computer-based training modalities is essential to achieving transfer of training into performance on the job. This study looked at the perceptions of students and instructors on virtual training delivery methods, and how they could be utilized to improve the current training techniques at FAA academy and Collegiate Training Initiative (CTI) Schools. To determine student’s perception of virtual training delivery, face-to-face interviews and online surveys were conducted. These results will help guide the development of new training courses to promote technology enriched self-learning environment and easy assessment of student performance to improve the current training outcomes at FAA Academy and CTI schools.