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Computer-based training CBT is an all-encompassing term used to describe any computer-delivered training including CD-ROM and the World Wide Web CBT courseware curriculum development involves the use of integrated multimedia training tools that have taken the lead in developing training courseware We have always had workplace learning systems People best learn many tasks and skills at the workplace or very close to the workplace There is also plenty of evidence to suggest that if people learn a task or a skill at their workplace they are more likely to transfer that skill to actual work performance The interfacing between workplace learning systems and corporate learning systems is a critical strategic issue In todays corporate environment centered around cost cutting initiatives there is major pressure from corporate management to keep training near the workplace to avoid the high cost of travel The purpose of this research paper is to examine new CBT technologies available evaluate the current CBT presentation methods and explore emerging technologies in the CBT business industryPacing branching and interaction are three unique characteristics that multimedia tools bring to education As costs decrease and the advantages of multimedia are documented corporations are rapidly adopting this new instructional method Major benefits to the individual and organization include instructional flexibility increased retention decreased instructional costs improved performance monitoring and record keeping Computer Based Training CBT AdvantagesCorporations agree that training can raise productivity build loyalty and boost profits Henkoff 1993 p 62 Traditional corporate instructional methods include on-the-job training national instruction centers self-paced in-house video training workshops conferences and manuals As large organizations further define their instructional strategies they will continue to use a combination of these methods but they are also introducing multimedia to take advantage of its benefits both for the individual and for the organization Oz White 1993 New Employees Dont Have to Wait for Training In many organizations a few people are responsible for presenting training to a large number of
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