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High-Fidelity E-Learning: The SEI's Virtual Training Environment (VTE)

January 2009 Technical Report
Jim Wrubel, David W. White, Julia H. Allen

In this 2008 report, the authors compare various approaches and tools used to capture and analyze evidence from computer memory.


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High-fidelity e-learning preserves the quality of the educational experience while minimizing or eliminating the need to be in a specific place at a specific time with a live instructor. The principles of this type of learning include personalization, multimodality, lean-forward learning, collaboration, accessibility, modularity, progress tracking, and balancing control. The SEI' s Virtual Training Environment (VTE) is an example of a high-fidelity e-learning success. The VTE was developed to draw upon the principles of high-fidelity e-learning to provide high-quality learning with infinite scalability. The purpose of this document is to describe the tenets of high-fidelity e-learning, to describe how VTE reflects these, and to summarize how organizations have used and are using VTE.