5 considerations before you develop Computer-Based Training

Every instructional project is unique. There are differences in learners, contexts, and content, so what works for one instructional project may not be a good fit for another instructional project. Computer based training is a convenient and effective way to deliver training and instruction; however, not all instructional projects are suitable for computer based delivery. Here are five things to consider when thinking of using a computer based delivery format for your next instructional project.

  1. Is computer based training suitable for the learners and the learning context?

Consider whether the learners have the technical skills to participate in computer based training and consider if the learning context would support computer based training. Consider if the learning context has the bandwidth, hardware, and software to accommodate computer based training.

  1. Will computer based training help the learners achieve the learning objectives?

This question should be answered in the affirmative for any instructional media, graphics, and instructional strategies used. If it does not help the learner achieve the learning objectives then it should not be used.

  1. Is computer based training worth the cost: is it cost effective?

Consider whether the cost of the software, licensing, and complementary software justifies gains in efficiency and instructional effectiveness that may occur with the use of computer based training.

  1. Do you have the human resources to develop high quality computer based training?

Developing high quality computer based training requires skill. Consider whether you have the talent on hand, would have to train someone, or would have to outsource the work. There are time and cost factors to consider with each choice.

  1. Is the content being considered for computer based training stable?

Will the content change in six months or shortly after being developed? If the content is unstable it is likely the time and cost put into design, development, and maintenance will overshadow any delivery efficiencies gained through the use of computer based training.


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