A UX-Centric Approach with the Canadian Armed Forces
At Redspace, as a Senior UX Professional, I was granted the unique opportunity to collaborate with the Canadian Armed Forces’ Light Vehicle Training (LvT) division. Our mission was straightforward yet ambitious: to create an innovative digital training ecosystem that could revolutionize the way both trainees and coaches interact and improve.
Next-Generation Training Demands
Field training was proving costly for the CAF, not just in financial terms but also in environmental overhead; heavy vehicles were damaging the training grounds. The LvT division needed a system that could bridge the gap between virtual and real-world training while also offering robust analytics and communication features.
Multi-Layered User Personas & Needs Analysis
A comprehensive investigation into the needs and behaviors of multiple user archetypes was conducted. Through this, we identified the key functionalities that would resonate most with trainees, coaches, and higher-level superiors.
Holistic Performance Support System
We aimed to design a user-centric dashboard that serves dual roles—offering performance support to both trainees and coaches while also functioning as an all-encompassing Human Resource platform for the soldiers. From training progress, direct correspondence, to real-time weather and terrain conditions, the dashboard was conceptualized to be a one-stop solution.
Integrated Training Environment
The system would link directly with both virtual and real-world training platforms. Moreover, it would act as a repository for vital data, from granular performance metrics to global weather conditions, transforming the way the LvT division experiences training.
A Transformative Digital Solution
The end result was a dynamic, responsive system that went beyond mere training tracking. It offered a 360-degree view of each soldier’s career path, providing not just performance analytics but also vital tools and resources that soldiers would require throughout their training.
Enhanced Virtual Training & Career Pathways
With the prototype receiving positive reviews, the next steps include adding more advanced features for career path planning and further refining the virtual training modules.
Setting a New Standard in Military Training
The project marked a significant milestone in how digital platforms can be used to facilitate complex training ecosystems. It became more than just a dashboard; it was a comprehensive tool that redefined military training, empowering both trainers and trainees with data-driven, user-centric solutions.