Written by Lisa Spurlin

Increasingly, employers are recognizing that many critical skills cannot be effectively taught inrepparttar classroom and need to be reinforced and enhanced inrepparttar 109461 job setting.

Interactive multimedia computer-based training (IMCBT) has becomerepparttar 109462 buzz term in training and business circles. Many people have heard of it, but few can define it if asked.

What is it?

Interactive. This term applies to any type of program or training that requiresrepparttar 109463 learner to do more than just sit and watch or listen. The theory behind interactivity is thatrepparttar 109464 individual will learn faster and retain more information than is possible through passive or non-participatory education.

Multimedia. In its purest sense, multimedia refers to any product that uses more than one medium to convey information. So by definition, a program that uses text and graphics is a multimedia product. Today,repparttar 109465 term connotesrepparttar 109466 use of audio and video.

Computer-based Training (CBT). CBT refers to any training whose primary delivery mechanism is a computer. Facilitated discussion or exercises (i.e. with another application, with a piece of equipment, interacting with other individuals, etc.) can accompany CBT. The term used to describerepparttar 109467 software forrepparttar 109468 CBT is courseware.

When should a company consider using IMCBT?

In 1997, instructors in live classrooms delivered almost 80% of all training. Byrepparttar 109469 year 2000, computers will deliver over 50% of all training worldwide. In fact, over 50% of U.S. businesses have already incorporated some type of computer-based training. Interactive training has grown at a dramatic rate as more and more organizations seerepparttar 109470 benefits this technology can bring.

Limited manpower and financial resources, along withrepparttar 109471 growing demands of rapidly changing markets, have forced trainers to consider alternative methods of training.

Many companies need to provide some sort of training or instruction to their workers and/or customers. In fact, over 50% of U.S. businesses have already incorporated some type of computer-based training. This is especially true for technology-based firms. These companies have several options for providing needed training: they can send people to school, hold in-house training classes, provide manuals and self-study guides, and/or use IMCBT.

Interactive training has grown at a dramatic rate as more and more organizations seerepparttar 109472 benefits these technologies can bring. If you are a company who is considering implementing IMCBT, there are several questions that need to be answered.

* What are IMCBT advantages? * What are IMCBT disadvantages? * How do you makerepparttar 109473 decision to use IMCBT?

This white paper will help you to answer these questions and explainrepparttar 109474 advantages and disadvantages of using IMCBT as a training option. You will then be able to determine when and where your company should implement IMCBT for training personnel and/or customers.

IMCBT Advantages

Interactive multimedia computer-based training has advantages over traditional classroom training:

* better than reading a manual, * cost-effective, * practical, * standard, * better knowledge retention, * presents a no-risk situation.

Can be better than readingrepparttar 109475 manual...

Manuals are usually more effective as a reference tool than as a learning. Self-study guides can be considered dull and boring. Many working people do not haverepparttar 109476 motivation or skills to sit down and teach themselves by reading a manual or self-study guide. Onrepparttar 109477 other hand, IMCBT attractsrepparttar 109478 student's interest and can even be enjoyable to use. It would certainly work better than simply learning from a manual.

IMCBT can simulate many work situations, givingrepparttar 109479 worker practice in real-time, and that progress can be monitored and improvements measured and documented throughrepparttar 109480 software. IMCBT helps transform workers unskilled in a given area to those who are proficient in that task.


Training can be expensive, andrepparttar 109481 major consideration in training is cost. The main concern a business has when it is deciding to invest in something, isrepparttar 109482 return on investment (ROI). Interactive multimedia computer-based training will give a business an average of over 100% ROI.

Afterrepparttar 109483 initial development cost, IMCBT will save a company a considerable amount in training expenses, as it can be used over and over again.

Asrepparttar 109484 number of people being trained increases, IMCBT decreasesrepparttar 109485 cost of training. This includes situations where many people must be trained, as well as cases where companies have a high turnover of personnel. Utilizing innovative and more efficient methods of training and education can have a significant, positive impact on businesses and individuals. Companies can take better advantage of their computer investment by using them as learning centers.


Whenrepparttar 109486 people to be trained are widely dispersed, travel time and costs to send them to a class is prohibitive, and sending trainers to them is not practical. IMCBT allowsrepparttar 109487 worker to study as this or her own convenience, withoutrepparttar 109488 necessity of scheduling times for classes. IMCBT programs dramatically increase comprehension and retention of information by appealing to more ofrepparttar 109489 student's senses throughrepparttar 109490 use of multimedia presentations. IMCBT not only provides better results than classroom sessions, but can also take up to 30% less time to complete.


Since different teachers and trainers have different styles of instruction, all personnel may not receiverepparttar 109491 same training. IMCBT assures standardization ofrepparttar 109492 training and content presented. Everyone seesrepparttar 109493 same information and is exposed to identical learning environments. The reliability of instruction, quality of information, and presentation of materials is consistent from user to user and session to session. IMCBT is active andrepparttar 109494 student must participate.


Written by Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein

The following remarks became part of an article recently carried in Story Circle Journal. I hope you enjoy reading these.

I believe that retrieving positive memories is important to our health and well being. This is one ofrepparttar dominant themes of my professional teaching. I have come to believe that without a sense that life is pleasant and at times pleasurable, joyful, even rapturous and ecstatic, we are vulnerable to depression, chronic anxiety and seeing ourselves in a poor light.

I have seen my clients and myself find positive information in our own life story and perk up no matter whatrepparttar 109460 circumstances. For me perhaps this was never more strongly pointed out than writing RECIPES FOR ENCHANTMENT, The Secret Ingredient is YOU! So many times when I was writingrepparttar 109461 book I remembered and feltrepparttar 109462 positive lessons that my dad had taught me. I felt his love for me coming through. For example when I remember his story about how he had not picked up a returnable glass bottle when he was a boy, as his friend told him "it ain't worth nothin'," I am flooded with good feelings about my dad.

My dad really made an effort to help people to make good judgment decisions. For example, in his story, "That ain't Worth nothin'," he looses a bottle inrepparttar 109463 gutter because a friend convinces him it is not worth anything. However,repparttar 109464 friend then picks it up and turns it in for a "shiny" penny! He loved to tell his lost bottle story because it pointed out occasions that we all face.

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