Air Force

Instructional Systems Design (ISD)

LSI’s Instructional Designers hold advanced degrees in education and learning science disciplines.  They are experienced in using an array of training requirements analysis and design methodologies including, the Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, Evaluation (ADDIE) process; the Systems Approach to Training (SAT); Human Systems Integration (HSI); and the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) End-to-End process.  By applying the correct methodology and leveraging extensive domain experience, LSI designs training that is effective, efficient, and engaging.

SCO Workbench

SCO Workbench is a comprehensive analysis system that provides Instructional Designers with a suite of data gathering and analysis tools designed to streamline complex task and media analyses.  SCO Workbench captures Conditions, Behaviors, and Knowledge/Skills/Attitudes (KSAs) associated with knowledge and performance tasks.  Using algorithms based on MIL-HDBK 29612 guidance and customizable based on specific project requirements, a task list is easily distilled into a training task list.  Each training task is then subject to further analysis using Human Systems Integration (HSI) and stimuli parameters, resulting in a clearly defined optimal and secondary training media requirement.  Learning Objectives developed in SCO Workbench are organized in a visual hierarchy for ease of sequencing.  SCO Workbench outputs are the basis of the Instructional Performance Requirement Document (IPRD) and the Instructional Media Requirements Document (IMRD).

Technical Publications

Our technical publications developers use a Quality Assurance-driven team process, designed to reduce costs by minimizing rework and schedule delays due to deficiencies or corrections.  Publications development is a team process, where project managers, subject matter experts, illustrators, data managers and QA personnel work synergistically to deliver maintenance and operator products to our customers that often exceed quality expectation, are on-time and within budget. LSI develops content for:

  • Organizational, Intermediate, and Depot Level Maintenance Manuals
  • Flight and System Operating Manuals
  • Software Users Manuals
  • Wiring Data Manuals
  • Training Device Operator & Maintenance Manuals; Instructor/Operator Handbooks
  • Illustrated Parts Breakdowns
  • Periodic Maintenance Requirement Cards

We offer various methods of delivery from the printed page to electronic technical manuals (ETM). Our long history of publications development spans over 35 years with all the branches of the Department of Defense. In addition, we have provided publications services for a multitude of FMS customers, including Norway, Pakistan, Portugal, South Korea, and Taiwan.

Technical Illustrations      

Our technical illustrators produce graphics from the simplest block diagrams and line conversions to complex graphics and systems. Conversions of graphics from native authoring and publishing systems are performed for inclusion into documents. Our technical illustrators specialize in developing true, mathematically-based, vector formats from your existing raster graphics.

S1000D

S1000D is an international specification for the procurement and production of technical publications. It is an XML specification for preparing, managing, and using equipment maintenance and operations information.  The technical information is authored as XML files called Data Modules (DMs) and stored in a Common Source Database (CSDB).  Recently, the specification has been expanded to include two new types of data modules, a SCORM Content Package Module (SCPM) and a Learning Data Module (LDM).  The purpose of the SCPM and LDM is to provide a method for including SCORM learning content in a CSDB alongside the technical manuals.

In 2009, LSI worked directly with the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative and the ADL Job Performance Technology Center (JPTC) to design a strategy for using a CSDB for storing and retrieving SCORM learning content.  The ADL team created a prototype CSDB interfacing tool called the Bridge API.  LSI modified one of its courseware development tools, SCO Workbench, to interface directly with ADL’s CSDB instance over an internet connection using the Bridge API.  With SCO Workbench, courseware developers were given a simple Graphical User Interface (GUI) to create and modify all of the different types of LDMs.  Those LDMs along with SCPMs could then be checked in and out of ADL’s CSDB.

Recently, LSI has modified its latest courseware development tool, Venus 2 Enterprise (V2E), to allow easier access to technical DMs during the courseware development process.  XML DMs can be imported into a SCORM package and linked directly to a SCO in development.  The tool parses the DMs and allows for the courseware developer to pull text directly from the technical publication.  Once linked, the developer now has a simple way to be notified of a technical change which may have an affect on the courseware content.  This kind of surveillance makes courseware development much easier, particularly when courseware development is being performed concurrently with the authoring of the technical publications.

Instructor Services

LSI’s cadre of exceptionally experienced instructors provides training that meets specific Government requirements for numerous military aviation and other academic courses. These services are provided at designated military installations nationwide, at LSI facilities, and at various military facilities around the world.  LSI provides full spectrum aviation training, from courseware and classroom instruction for both aircrew and maintenance, to part-task training as well as in-flight training through the instructor level.  LSI holds an extensive and wide variety of Instructor expertise, we have provided instructors to teach U.S. Navy Seabee construction, U.S. Navy Helicopter pilot simulator instruction, and we currently provide Customs and Border Protection with P-3 Pilot instruction.  We provide New Equipment Training (NET) Team personnel and maintainer ground school instruction as well as the revision and maintenance of courseware as the aircraft changes due to the Product Improvement Program.

Training Support Services

LSI provides numerous high quality training support services to multiple U.S. DoD customers, to include:

  • Training Support Staff to the Center for Seabees and Facility Engineering, PT. Hueneme, CA.
  • Administrative and Financial Support Staff for the Naval Construction Training Center, PT. Hueneme, CA.
  • TECOM support for projects across TECOM (GNOSS, MCTIMS, Exercises like Javelin Thrust, etc.)
  • Instructional Systems Design Support Staff for the Center for Surface Combat Systems, Dahlgren, VA.
  • Transportable Flight Proficiency Simulator (TFPS) support for CH-47 NET
  • Any other non-instructor services

Electronic Classrooms

Our electronic classrooms are made up of hardware and software designed to provide the instructors with the tools to more actively engage the students. Our electronic classrooms are designed to meet the needs of each customer’s learning environment.  They consist of servers to support the curriculum, an instructor station consisting of a computer with dual flat panel monitors, student workstations with a computer, and dual flat panel monitors.

CV-22 Osprey Courseware

CV-22 Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Aircrew and Maintenance training products instruct Air Force learners in a wide range of topics.  Maintenance personnel in five specialties are trained in the theory of operation, maintenance procedures and troubleshooting techniques required for the revolutionary Osprey tilt rotor aircraft. The Pilot and Special Mission Aviation curriculums include: Initial Qualification, Requalification, Instructor Preparatory, and Continuation Training.  This SCORM conformant courseware leverages the Advanced Sequencing and Navigation rules present in the SCORM 2004 standard and high-resolution graphics and animations combined with information and procedures extracted from the Interactive Electronic Technical Manual (IETM) and Flight Manual.

F-35 Lightning II Courseware

The F-35 courseware introduces the aircraft and all of its systems and capabilities to both maintainers and pilots.  The Interactive Courseware (ICW) provides the foundation for all subsequent training.  Our sound instructional design principles produce topics, lessons, and units that allow the learner to master basic knowledge of the aircraft before advanced system-specific knowledge is introduced.  The training instructs over 50 skillsets covering all three U.S F-35 variants (Air Force, Navy, and USMC) as well as a number of foreign military customers.  Because the evolving nature of this emerging aircraft demands training be frequently revised, the courseware is designed to allow updates to be done once and then shared with all target audiences.

Complementing the F-35 courseware is enhanced training developed for the F135 engine.  While the basics of the F135 engine are included within the F-35 courseware, some learners receive more detailed training related to depot-level engine component repair and replacement.  The same high-fidelity interactive graphics in the courseware are re-purposed in an F135 Electronic Training Aid (ETA).  The ETA is used in the classroom to highlight, isolate/restore, separate/join, and cross-section any system of the F135 engine in a high-resolution virtual environment.

HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter Courseware

The HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) courseware trains Air Force learners in the safe operation and maintenance of the United States Air Force’s newest vertical lift aircraft.  The courseware is based on the results of an exhaustive analysis of training requirements and methods conducted by LSI, and is built using the latest technologies including interoperability with an S1000D Common Source Database (CSDB) and Interactive Electronic Technical Manual (IETM).  The training materials employ the HTML5 standard for maximum compatibility with current and future delivery systems.  HH-60W courseware instructs maintainers and operators including Pilot, Special Missions Aviation, and nine maintenance specialties.  This advanced training leverages today’s leading-edge capabilities to better prepare safe, effective and mission-ready combat rescue crews and maintainers.

Courseware Development Tools

Venus 2 Enterprise (V2E) is LSI’s premier courseware development tool.  While we also employ Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) development tools, V2E provides our customers with a powerful, customizable solution that creates SCORM 2004 complaint training, and apps for mobile devices (iOS and Android), from the same training content – build it once and deploy on multiple platforms.  V2E courseware can synchronize learner data (progress, metrics, assessment scores, etc.) with either a traditional SCORM Learning Management System (LMS) or with an Experience API (xAPI) Learning Record Store (LRS).  V2E training content conforms to the latest internet browser standard, HTML5.  By embracing the HTML5 standard, LSI has eliminated the need for third party plugins, ensuring compatibility now and in the future.  The V2E tool itself is scalable, easily supporting large development teams in a server-based enterprise environment and also functioning as a stand-alone editor on a desktop workstation.  LSI provides V2E to our customers, free of charge and without licensing fees, including a simplified courseware editor that anyone can use to sustain their training content.