- Computer-based training (CBT)
- Online Learning
- Virtual Worlds (Second Life)
- Mobile Technology: Ipods & PDAs
- Online Social Networks
Thursday, April 5, 2012
EIDT 6501 Training and Development: High Tech Training (Week 6)
This week our assignment is to think about the various training technologies outlined in our required text and consider what impact these technologies are having and will continue to have in training and development environments. Then choose four technologies or technological advancements used in training, as described in the text. Next, conduct online research (in the Walden library or other reputable site) to find one additional article or resource that highlights the use of technology for teaching or training purposes. Finally post a blog entry that explains the impact each of your five selected technologies has and will continue to have on how people learn and interact, and the implications of this for training.
The technologies/technological advancements that I selected are:
Computer-based training (CBT)
“An interactive training experience in which the computer provides the learning stimulus, the trainee must respond, and the computer analyzes the response and provides feedback to the trainee” (Noe, 2010, p. 303). CBT has had major impact on how people learn and interact, as it was a pioneering technology used in training delivery.
Also referred to as e-learning, “ refers to instruction and delivery of training by computer online through the Internet or the Web” (Noe, 2010, p. 305). E-Learning has changed “where” training must be delivered, as the Internet and Web are available worldwide.
Virtual worlds such as Second Life, Forterra, and Virtual Heroes are “computer-based, simulated online virtual world that includes a three-dimensional representation of the real world and a place to host learning programs or experiences” (Noe, 2010, p. 321). What is especially interesting about this technology is its effectiveness to link users all over the world in a simulation. The simulation can be something as simple as a meeting, or as complex as a demonstration/tour of a client site.
Mobile Technology: Ipods & PDAs
Another technology that has forever changed the realm of training, mobile technology allows learning to occur anywhere at anytime. This is very important in today’s current environment, as everyone is on the go! Mobile technologies are also a great alternative or follow up to in person traditional training.
Online Social Networks
Everyone is familiar with online social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, Wordpress, etc-but few people utilize them for the invaluable learning tools they are. “The evolving world of Internet communication blogs, podcasts, tags, file swapping offers students radically new ways to research, create, and learn” (Smith, n.d.).
“The Internet is primarily responsible for creating our revolution in learning. Internet technology has permitted the development of electronic networks that integrate voice, video, and data connections among learners, instructors, and experts” (Noe, 2010, p. 299).
Noe, R. A. (2010). Employee training and development (5th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw Hill.
Smith, F. (n.d.). How to Use Social-Networking Technology for Learning. www.Edutopia.com . Retrieved April 5, 2012, from http://www.edutopia.org/social-networking-how-to