What role can computer based training play in helping me to master technology?

Thursday, November 25th, 2010 | technology

Computer based training (CBT) is the method of choice for many people when they want to master technology.  Around the world CBT has been used for many years, with excellent results.  Millions of people have already benefited from this mode of training. 

CBT is a system of training where a computer provides instructional material, instead of a trainer in a classroom.  The material is presented to you on the computer screen and could be in a combination of formats, such as text, pictures, sound and video.  The learning material is usually supplemented with exercises allowing you to test your knowledge or practise new skills.

In CBT the computer is your tutor.

This type of training is particularly useful when you don’t have access to training courses in the area where you live, when you can’t afford them or when you need to do training at a time convenient to you.

What role could CBT play in your quest for technology proficiency?

When you think about the many different aspects of technology you have to master, CBT is an attractive option – but there are two requirements: 

CBT assumes that you have regular access to a computer.  The best results are obtained when you have your own personal computer or laptop so that you can get into the learning material when it is convenient for you.  Some teachers use computers at their schools to access CBT materials.

You need some knowledge of technology to be able to use technology to teach you more about technology.  A computer can only be used for self-study if you understand its basics.  For example, you must know how to retrieve the learning material – either on CD, DVD or the internet – and how to respond to exercises.

The value of technology as a personal learning tool will be demonstrated to you in a real way when you reach the stage where you are able to tap into the potential of CBT. 

The value you can derive from CBT should be a strong motivation for you to learn how to use a computer without delay.

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6 Comments to What role can computer based training play in helping me to master technology?

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Moira de Roche
Thursday, 25 November, 2010

If you have access to the internet, visit http://www.leboha.com for Free Computer Literacy Training – ideal for beginners.
The great thing about using technology to learn technology is that you easily get comfortable with computers in a non-threatening way. And if you don’t understand something, you can just redo it – and no-one need ever know you didn’t “get it” first time round.

Kobus van Wyk
Thursday, 25 November, 2010

A very important point you’re making, Moira. “… you can just redo it – and no-one need ever know …”. Many teachers are resisting technology not because of technophobia, but rather catagelophobia (fear of being rdiculed – see http://www.e4africa.co.za/?p=2139). If they can practise in private, nobody needs to know about the failures, and nobody will ridicule them!

Moira de Roche
Thursday, 25 November, 2010

Catalegophobia (nice new word I’ve learned today :)) is understandable. No-one wants to be ridiculed.
The privacy factor of CBT is in my opinion one of it’s biggest strengths.

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