Jørgen Ernstsen has been conducting his doctoral research as part of the Training and Assessment Research Group (TARG), led by Prof. Salman Nazir, who is also Ernstsen’s main supervisor.
In Ernstsen’s research, he developed a Computer-Assisted Performance Assessment tool, referred to as the CAPA-tool. Its purpose is to make full-scale simulator training assessment more accurate and precise, in which reducing the subjective impact of performance assessment was a key objective.
Accuracy and precision in the assessment of training performance are imperative for stakeholders that make executive decisions concerning the development of training programs, competency mappings of the workforce, as well as for the trainee to know his or her strengths and weaknesses in the operation.
The CAPA-tool comprises a combination of pre-defined parameters as well as the flexibility for the evaluator to address his or her own judgments. This combination was considered invaluable to the user as it enables the tool to be used across a multitude of maritime scenarios – thus not having to spend time and resources to tailor the tool to every different scenario.
Ernstsen experimentally found that the CAPA-tool was an excellent tool for assessing the technical performance of the maritime trainees and students. However, teamwork is also an important dimension and must be further evaluated. In his dissertation, Ernstsen details out the essential teamwork factors for critical maritime navigation scenarios (critical scenarios, such as the Helge Ingstad accident scenario that Norway witnessed November 2018).
By using the CAPA-tool, assessors can reduce the subjective impact in maritime simulator assessment, which ultimate contributes to having better prepared navigators in the bridge team.