Futures for computer-based training: Developing the learner-computer interface
AbstractOften regarded as the solution to effective skills development, Computer-Based Training (CBT) is now satisfying many training demands. However, despite continued developments with instructional technology in areas such as embedded CBT and intelligent instructional systems, CBT remains a support mechanism for staff development rather than an integral component of computer-based information systems, and often fails to address the individual attributes of the learner. A model is proposed integrating the advanced components of intelligent CBT (interaction, individualisation, availability) based on human factors issues to provide a user-based operational environment. A second section appraises six variables (instructional design, technology, cognitive style, screen design, transfer and retention, and learner-computer interface) to describe an updated methodology for the design, development and implementation of technologically-advanced CBT systems. By reinforcing the capabilities of CBT and integrating these with changes in information technology, the scene is set for development and growth in learning through computer-based and learner-centred educational systems, founded on context-sensitive learner-computer interface.
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