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Study It Online certified Instructors present courses via Computer Based Training (CBT) via a password protected website in a clear, easy to understand manner - which is much easier to follow than instructor led training and is also highly interactive.

The following statistics were derived from studies conducted by Xerox, Federal Express and IBM when comparing CBT to various alternative methods of training:
(source: Smith, P - I Design, 1999)

Still not convinced...

The article below first appeared in the The Multimedia Monitor. While it’s focus is the school environment, the paradigm carries over to Computer Based Training in companies as well.

Ten Good Reasons Learning Benefits of Interactive Technologies
by Rockley L. Miller - Editor and Publisher Multimedia Monitor

"Interactive learning systems are gaining widespread acceptance within the corporate, educational and training communities. Such systems have been available for over fifteen years, with thousands of off - the-shelf programs and custom applications produced to date. Leading corporate, institutional, and governmental users report the following benefits achieved through their use of technologies.

  1. Reduced learning time. More than 30 studies completed to date have found that interactive technologies reduced learning time requirements by an average of fifty percent. This time reduction can be attributed to a variety of factors:
    • Self-paced instruction encourages students to take the most efficient path to content mastery-skipping areas can be attributed to a variety of factors:
    • The combination of visual presentation with audio explanation delivers information in an easily understood format.
    • Immediate interaction and feedback provides constant, highly effective reinforcement of concepts and content.
    • Personalized instruction accommodates different learning styles to maximize student-learning efficiency.
    In one example, the IBM Principals of the Alphabet Literacy System, an interactive video-based course (Monitor 12/86 p3), is achieving increases of over two years in reading and writing skills with only 100 hours of instruction.
  2. Reduced cost. The primary costs of interactive instruction lie in design and production - not replication, distribution, and delivery. Thus, the cost per student is reduced as more students use the same program.
    With traditional instructional methods, the costs of instruction lie primarily in the delivery (i.e., instructor salaries, overhead, etc.) and remain constant or even increase as more students place greater demands on fixed resources. Beyond that number, savings build dramatically.
    In one example, Federal Express expects to save over $100 million by using interactive systems for employee training.
  3. Instructional Consistency Technology-based instructional systems do not have bad days or tier at the end of a long day. Instruction is delivered in a consistently reliable fashion that does not vary in quality from class to class or school to school.
  4. Privacy With one-on-one systems, students are free to ask questions re systems never lose patience, they encourage learners to persist in asking questions and reviewing materials until real mastery is achieved or natural curiosity is appeased.
    In one example, an interactive program called Teen Scope allows teenagers to prepare for the transition to living on their own. It includes such topics as finding a job, pregnancy and parenting, sexuality, building self-esteem, what to do with a pay check, and feelings about families - topics that are difficult to explore openly in large group situations.
  5. Mastery of learning. Unlike a normal classroom situation, an interactive system will not move on to new material until current material is mastered. This insures that students have strong foundations for continued learning.
    In one example, at-risk students in Everett, Washington achieved a 53 - point gain (from 38 percent pre-test scores to 91 percent test scores) using interactive mathematics instruction from Systems Impact. Similarly, remedial and Chapter One students in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania achieved 300 percent improvement, jumping from 21 percent pre-test scores to 88 percent post-test scores using the same program.
  6. Increased Retention. The process of interaction with material being studied provides a strong learning reinforcement that significantly increases content retention over time.
    In a typical example, Spectrum Interactive (a division of National Education Corporation) reports over 25 percent improvement in retention with interactive video courses.
  7. Increased safety. With interactive systems, students can explore potentially dangerous subject without risk.
    These dangers might be in academic areas (chemistry explosions, burns) or social areas (drugs, sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy).
    In one example, the Target system allows students to learn about drugs and alcohol and consequences of substance abuse without the dangers of experimentation (Monitor 6/88 p1). In another example, a course on basic electronics and maintenance allows the student to accidentally touch the wrong parts without risking electrocution.
  8. Increased Motivation. Interactive systems provide a level of responsive feedback and individual involvement that has proven to be highly motivating in both individual and classroom learning environments. Further, interactive systems focus attention, reducing the potential for distraction.
  9. Increased Access. Interactive systems can provide greater and more equal access to quality education and training. Systems can deliver peripheral subjects in institutions and companies where learner populations are insufficient to support full time instructions for such subjects or where qualified instructors are unavailable.
  10. Finally, learners enjoy interactive learning. Interactive systems allow learners to take greater control and hence responsibility for their own learning process. As they discover new areas of interest and accomplishment they became seekers of knowledge not just recipients if instructions. In essence, interactive systems allow students to learn how to learn-both a skill and an appreciation that will serve them throughout their lives."

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