The importance of innovation was highlighted during an award presentation ceremony at the School of Air Traffic Control (SATC), RAAF Base East Sale on 19 September 2019.
Air Force Training Group’s Sir Lawrence Wackett Innovation in Training Award recognises the importance of innovative thinking and action, as a driver towards the continued modernisation of Air Force’s education and training system.
AIRCDRE Glen Braz, Commander of Air Force Training Group presented the award to SATC and congratulated the team for making innovative changes to ensure Air Force personnel are better equipped with the skills they will need for the future.
“Well done team for embracing the development and implementation of innovative learning approaches to establish an environment where students willingly engage in experimentation,” AIRCDRE Braz said.
“Also nice work for developing creative solutions to allow students to learn from each other across scenarios and embracing the use of technology to develop autonomy and ownership of learning.”
SQNLDR Nikki Olsen, Chief Instructor of SATC, said she was extremely proud of the unit for receiving this award and this achievement reminded her of all the challenges the team has overcome.
“In the past we noticed some common negative learning behaviours amongst the Initial Employment Training students so SATC conducted a double-loop analysis to identify the environmental factors leading to such behaviours.”
SQNLDR Olsen said the analysis inspired SATC to improve its learning environment and find a balance between traditional assessment, innovative no-consequence exercises and individual responsibility
“We soon noticed that students have started to feel safer making errors, became more willing to engage in experimentation and learn from each other across more traffic scenarios.”
“We also noticed the students’ increased reflection on past simulator exercises, improvement in their critical thinking skills and the ability to develop and implement effective remediation strategies independent of their instructors.”
“We anticipate their positive learning behaviours will continue to increase after they leave SATC and such behaviours will assist with their on-the-job training in the operational environment.”
SATC remains committed to develop the most agile, informed, collaborated, resilient and integrated air traffic controllers who will be able to contribute towards a fifth generation air force.