Web-based training, also referred to as e-training or e-learning, is a tool that allows learning to occur anywhere in the world with the help of the Internet and the use of a computer. Web-based training is self-paced, according to the speed at which the learner can learn. The material presented is live, and so it is current. Today’s technology allows web-based training to simulate classroom training. Web-based training can include three-dimensional conferencing and interaction and discussion. These techniques allow web-based training to be an effective form of teaching for today’s workforce.
Different Types of Web-Based Training
Different types of web-based training can be used in different circumstances and conditions. Facilitated online learning is a type of web-based training where there is a facilitator who guides learners and provides them with support during the training course. This type of training is usually used at universities. Self-paced, web-based learning includes formal lessons which are delivered at a pace determined by the learner. There is no facilitator to guide the learning process. Online tutorials consist of documents that are available on the Internet which can be downloaded and read by the learners. Web-based electronic performance support systems teach material through visual simulation rather than written material. It is similar to an online tutorial except that the material is shown rather than written.
Some Advantages of Web-Based Training
Web-based training allows employees to learn new things at their own pace and convenience. Employees can access training programs from anywhere in the world. With the help of web-based training, organizations can train their employees with minimal cost and lost work time.
Some Disadvantages of Web-Based Training
The only interaction that is taking place is through the computer. As humans, we feel more comfortable when we are in the company of people and it also enhances our learning, as others ask questions which might answer things for us. Developing web-based training takes time, technical requirements, and expert knowledge.
By Shirley J. Caruso, M.A., Human Resource Development