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What is J-LAGG Simulation?
Structural Communications was the paper-and-pencil version developed by J.G. Bennett in England and advanced by Anthony Hodgson. Hodgson believed we arrive at the meaning of literal translation by an intuitive leap to bridge the inadequacies of text presentations. Thus, it requires a mental "jump" to overcome the "lag" in our understanding. J-LAGG is the computerized and revised version developed by H. Mike Kanitz and Software For Today.


Don't textbooks provide the reader with "intuitive leaps?"
The originators of Structural Communication maintain that even when a book is carefully written by experienced authors and the meaning is clear, the reader may not notice some essential point and grossly misinterpret the message. The word "lag" in the dictionary literally means time lapse; retardation, to move slowly, to fall behind.


How does J-LAGG Simulation accelerate learning?
Hodgson indicated that the process of communication could be standardized in such a way as to reduce the expenditure of time and energy on the part of the learners.


What is the "structure" of this process that accelerates learning?
Anthony Hodgson best illustrates this system which clarifies the role of human communication: "Each Study Unit has six interdependent sections which are not restricted to being used in any single sequence, or to be studied only once." They are: Intention, Presentation, Investigation, Response Indicator, Discussion, Viewpoint.


Can you use J-LAGG Simulation with any theme?
It could be a chapter from a book or an article from a journal. Any theme involved in the simulation will encourage creativity and independence of judgment on the learner's part. Jet engine repair could be a training module. Hodgson says that the exchange need not be verbal and the two parties need not meet in person, providing that the following two conditions are satisfied:
  (1) freedom of expression, and
  (2) a response susceptible to a rapid and exact evaluation.


How open-ended is this communication process?
Structural Communication and the J-LAGG Simulation are open-ended to the extent that the recipient of the message has a far wider degree of freedom in making a response than he/she can fully utilize.


Is this another form of programmed instruction?
No, they are not the same. Hodgson tells us that the use of the word "dynamic" is intended to distinguish Structural Communication from programmed instruction (in which the message is conveyed in steps, each of fixed content and calling for a fixed response from the recipient). The dynamics of Structural Communication has a time and space component. The message is determined by the process of its transmission.


Is artificial intelligence (AI) part of J-LAGG Simulation?
When you insert structure into the act of communication, J-LAGG makes it possible for the learner to reconstruct the mental process behind the author's message. Hodgson indicates the recipient can work backwards from the message to the point at which the author made his/her own preliminary notes. It is a form of AI when you can replicate the author's message.

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