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Posted to Maritime Training (by on August 23, 2013

What are the merits of employing pc/tablet/web – based training programs in the offshore-oil & maritime industries?

Over the past twenty (20) years, the use of computers for learning, instruction and assessment has gained positive and beneficial results within the offshore-oil, maritime and other industries.  You can find supporting evidence to this statement in an objective study done by the U.S. Department of Education (D.O.E), a copy of which is available at http://www2.ed.gov/rschstat/eval/tech/evidence-based-practices/finalreport.pdf.

In addition, over the aforementioned period, feedback we have obtained from users of our multimedia Computer Based Training (CBT), both PC and Web based programs, have indicated similar outcomes.

Interactive Training Solutions (ITS) specializes in the development of such training programs, related specifically to the marine operations of offshore rigs and conventional vessels.  The development of such training programs requires the resources of versatile talents, including subject matter experts, instructional/graphic designers and programmers.  Demos of our latest e-Training programs are available at www.its-metacentere.com.

Multimedia CBT combines multiple methods for delivering training and instruction.  These methods use a variety of training techniques, including dialog and inquiry, drill and practice, simulation and gaming.  Advances in computer technologies and modern web browsers are allowing the incorporation of video presentation, voice-over narration, and most recently; real-time rendering of 3D models (WebGL).  Incorporating these elements into a training program greatly enhances the learning experience.

Essential with multimedia CBT techniques is the interactive process between the trainees and the training program.  By monitoring responses to various types of questions and drills, the program provides the trainees with personalized feedback, and branches them to the training required based on their specific knowledge and skill level. 

Furthermore, the use of 3D interactive graphics and animated simulations to explain concepts, process and operations of equipment is worth thousand words.  In most cases, unless explained thoroughly with lengthy text, similar 2D presentations could be misleading.

Last but not least, another important element of CBT program is the Learning Management System (LMS), used to monitor the trainee progress and competency.

Multimedia CBT fosters substantial benefits for both the trainee and the instructor/training manager.  According to evaluation studies of learning process, trainees who have used multimedia CBT programs performed slightly better on objective tests than ones taught by traditional methods.  Additionally, retention of training material presented through multimedia CBT programs is usually higher than that accomplished by conventional training methods.

In most cases, however, when blending face-to-face class session with the related multimedia CBT program(s) the training outcomes is significantly better than employing just one of the options; CBT or face-to-face class session.  For example, our clients require that all trainees complete the required CBT programs with a passing score before attending the related class session.  This assures that all trainees are on the same level at the start of a class session.

The interactive nature of multimedia CBT program is the main feature that underlies most of its benefits.  Because of this feature, trainees find such delivery method more motivating than other forms of instruction.  The detailed feedback provided with each response and the capabilities of the program to assess trainees’ progress enhances their sense of achievement, and thereby leads to increased satisfaction during training. Furthermore, presentation of the training

through both text display and voice-over narration have shown that the learning experience with multimedia CBT programs results in a better retention and understanding of the subject matter.

Multimedia CBT allows trainees to learn at a speed and fashion that is most suited to their particular style. Often, they will realize a significant time savings over conventional classroom training.  Where multimedia CBT programs allow learning at one's own pace, classroom instruction is usually geared to the pace of the slowest trainee.  Overall, with the use of such programs, users have experienced 30% to 40% reduction in the learning time required by other conventional methods.

Multimedia CBT programs provide convenient instruction, when and where needed.  Trainees do not have to wait a considerable length of time for training that is needed immediately to perform certain tasks.  Also, the convenient accessibility to such training tools allows trainees to refresh their skills and knowledge whenever and/or wherever required.

If you reached this part of the article, and you either have some questions, or want to share your experiences with the use of multimedia CBT programs, I will be glad to read and responds to your comments.