October 22nd, 2019
9:45 am - 10:45 am
Harry’s Hard Choices (HHC) is a synthetic learning environment developed by the University of Arizona for training in mine evacuation and emergency response. HHC extends a paper scenario by NIOSH (Vaught, Hall, & Klein 2009). Synthetic learning environments present a unique opportunity to assess miner competency in a dynamic, interactive environment that replicates the complex situations that miners face in the real world. We have conducted a multi-year experiment with HHC and collected user data from training sessions with miners of different experience levels. We present key findings from our analysis, including differences between experienced users and novices. We discuss the challenges of evaluating competency in simulated realistic conditions and lessons learned and introduce a new approach to addressing those issues.