In today’s fast-paced world, it can be difficult to find the time to advance your career training. Many employees are already busy playing catch-up, and few have the time to train new team members, much less add to their own work skills. Computer-based training offers flexibility and speed, delivering the real-time immediacy of training without the need to actually be present in a training or conference room. As a result, it can help you find greater success in the world of doing better work.
According to the Association for Talent Development (ATD), companies that offer comprehensive training programs have 218% higher income per employee than companies without formalized training. But it doesn’t stop there. These companies also enjoy a 24% higher profit margin than those who spend less on training. It would seem that continuing to invest in training and development, even when there are economic downturns, is the smart play.
Let’s break this down.
What is computer-based training?
Computer-based training (CBT) is any type of instructional guidance that takes place using a computer. In this more interactive online learning approach, the computer is the instructor. It provides exercises, instructional materials, and feedback to employees. This type of employee training management software is growing in popularity among businesses because it can offer quick, yet intense, training across multiple applications. These systems help make sure all employees are up-to-date on company programs and understand what they need to do to complete a training course.
How does computer-based training work?
Computer-based training is typically based on interactive training software. This software is created by a team of instructional designers and incorporates all the knowledge an employee needs to learn. Once the software has been loaded on to the computer, the employee can access interactive tutorials, exercises, and quizzes. They have the ability to work through each of these different “lessons,” picking up skills by using and practicing them with the computer-based training software.
Computer-based training is typically done through a learning management software (LMS), which gives you the ability to track learners’ progress through the required material. You can also use blended learning to mix the consistency and scalability of web-based training with the practicality of real-world, in-person training. After all, the most important part of training is the ability to put it to use, right?
What are the benefits of computer-based training?
We’re so glad you asked! Let us count the ways…
- It vastly increases the scope and reach of corporate employee training and development training efforts. Think of how many employees you can reach with just one training session!
- It allows new hires to be trained immediately. No waiting around to schedule that conference ballroom with other new hires.
- It eliminates, or greatly reduces, additional non-learning expenses of training, such as travel and lodging costs for participants (including those little chicken salad sandwiches at the training luncheon).
- It provides knowledge checkpoints with immediate feedback to show every learner what’s important. We all love a little instant gratification, yeah?
- It allows for the use of video to illustrate key points audibly, visually, and interactively, which can aid in information retention and meet the needs of all learners. Think company-focused video games that give people the scoop on how to do their new job, and do it well.
- It gives employees the opportunity to work at their own pace and convenience so they avoid production downtime. Take your time––it’s not a timed test, guys.
- It lets employees set up individualized objectives and establish milestones to mark different levels of achievement. Like little cheerleaders along the way!
- It enables participants not only to experience training in real-time but also to store and subsequently retrieve information transmitted through the lesson. Now that’s an online training tool at its finest.
“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”
– Benjamin Franklin
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Computer-based training is one of the most effective means of providing education and skills training for an employer. At Lessonly, we make training easy. If you can write an email, you can build a lesson. Ready to get started? We’re ready to help teams like yours!