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What about computer-based training?
By Lisa Reed
December 20, 2000
Computer-based training (CBT) delivered via the Internet, company intranet, or CD-ROM is gaining wide acceptance. Here are seven reasons why:
Group classroom training takes time, and lots of it. Studies show that computer-based training reduces training time by as much as 48 percent. Slashing training time, eliminating travel time and expenses for learners and instructors, and reducing facility and delivery costs all translate into significant improvements in training cost effectiveness.
You can train your employees via the Worldwide Web. Or if you have firewall or other security constraints, programs can be installed on your company intranet and run entirely within your organization’s computer system.
Consistent, global delivery
The material presented will be consistent from training session to training session and from site to site, throughout the entire organization. This helps you meet compliance and legal considerations as well as to be assured of the highest quality training to reduce incidents.
Reach all learners simultaneously with updates, ensuring consistently up-to-the-minute training company-wide.
With training available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, you can easily and conveniently schedule training around production demands and learners’ work schedules, often eliminating the need for overtime to conduct training.
An employee familiar with the subject but required to document refresher training can move through the material quickly. Conversely, learners who are more challenged with material are automatically directed into remedial or developmental training until they can prove comprehension. Either way, learners progress at their own pace, ensuring the highest comprehension and retention of important safety lessons.
The interactive nature of well-designed CBT engages the learner as an active participant in training. Interactions throughout a program result in higher comprehension and retention. The instructional design of the course and interactions promote a transfer of knowledge from short-term to long-term memory.