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Each object, like a rectangle or circle, has properties that can be connected to model variables. For instance, an object’s position can be linked to a variable calculating the position of an object, an object’s color can be linked to a variable representing, for instance, temperature. R. VAN JOOLINGEN & T. DE JONG Figure 6. Editing a simulation interface. The interface is created by dragging components from the library to a “canvas”. ). Figure 7. Two pages of the properties editor. One to define the variable to which the widget is linked, one to define the basic properties.
The Air Force, faced with this fork in the road, took both paths. They initiated a project entitled the Guided Approach to Instructional Design Advising (GAIDA3) (Gettman, McNelly, and Muraida, 1999). GAIDA helps designers apply a framework known as the Nine Events of Instruction (Gagné, 1985) to development of interactive courseware using conventional authoring tools such as Click2Learn’s ToolBook (2001). More important for this account, however, was the Air Force’s investment in XAIDA, an approach that adhered to generative, knowledge-based techniques.
These and other changes were incorporated into a fully functional two-shell development and delivery system known as XAIDA, Version 5. One of these shells, 38 HALFF ET AL. Physical Characteristics, is described below in Section 3. The other shell, Theory of Operations, is described in Hsieh, Halff, and Redfield (1999). The last design products of the Phase IV effort were functional designs and Deliver prototypes for two new shells intended to round out XAIDA’s coverage of maintenance training. One shell, Procedures, provided instruction on the kinds of step-by-step procedures required for operation and maintenance of most equipment.