Afghan Technical Vocational Institute

Education and Training Case Study

Bridgeborn developed a Training Delivery Platform™ (TDP) for the Afghan Technical Vocational Institute (ATVI). The Institute, funded partly by USAID and partly by commercial partners, was preparing courses and curricula to train students in the key sectors of horticulture, construction, information and communications technology and vehicle maintenance. Because of scarcity of both training materials and funding for staff, alternative methods for training delivery were needed to accomplish educational goals. Bridgeborn developed automotive repair courseware based on its Bridgeworks™ platform, a 3D interactive, web based framework. The use of Bridgeworks™ provided multiple benefits over more traditional training methods.

Because equipment was limited, not all students could have ready access to vehicle systems and components. The Bridgeworks™ based 3D lessons allowed all students to access the material, frequently, and due to the fact that lessons were web based, at their convenience.

Students could see functioning components from angles and views that would have been impossible in real life. This allowed the student to visualize complex concepts, such as the inner workings of an internal combustion engine or an entire automotive power train in one interactive, animated view. These views represented working models of a 4 cylinder diesel engine, its four stroke internal combustion cycle, brake assembly and drive train. While not, strictly speaking, "hands-on" experience, the models provided valuable exposure to the structure and components and their functioning; with the added benefit of being universally and constantly available. Additionally, components would assemble and disassemble, complete with 3D labels at the push of a button.

Because students could study independently and at their own pace, less direct instructor time was necessary to allow the students to gain a thorough understanding of the material. The animated 3D features of the lessons made the components and processes virtually self-explanatory.

Subsequently, time spent with actual components was used to greater effect due to the fact the students had already gained a familiarity through the Bridgeworks™ modules.