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Maintaining Adaptive Expertise in the time of the Algorithm

Maintaining Adaptive Expertise in the time of the Algorithm: Lessons from Aviation


  • Martin Pusic, Harvard Medical School, USA
  • Warren Feschuk, Transport Canada
  • Maria Mylopoulos, University of Toronto, Canada
  • John Andrews, American Medical Association, USA
The need to develop and maintain adaptive expertise for low frequency, high impact situations is shared by both aviation and the health professions.  The recent failures of the 767Max aircraft may hold a new lesson in that one hypothesis as to why these two planes crashed is due to a failure of simulation education of the pilots.  Did they have sufficient “airmanship” to overcome difficulties that arise when an airplane that normally can fly largely on algorithm requires in-the-moment situational judgement from humans? Using research from the adaptive expertise literature, we describe best practices for instructional design that takes this tension into account. 

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