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What are the advantages of using computer-based learning (CBL) as an educational approach?

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CBL provides many benefits for the organizations and individuals that set up the internal and external systems to use it effectively. Some of the benefits are listed below:

  • Available 24/7 and just in time. Enables individuals to find and use the information needed exactly when they need it most.
  • Learner controlled. Learners know when they need additional information and for what purposes.
  • Cost-effective. Savings occur because of the ability to use fewer instructors to reach many more learners, reduced travel expenses, reduced downtime, and the ability to train a dispersed workforce at the same time or at different levels.
  • Self-paced and user friendly. CBL content is becoming easier to access and manipulate.
  • Hands-on interactivity. CBL and other e-learning delivery approaches allow for hands-on, direct, and immediate interaction with the learning content.
  • Adjustment to individual learning styles. Adults do not all learn the same way. The variety of CBL and the different methods used to present the content appeals to different learning styles.
  • Safety and flexibility. The ability to simulate the actual work situations and equipment but without risk to the learner or equipment practiced on, matched with the ability to repeat the content as many times as needed.
  • Reduction of overall training time. Often, because of the consistency of content, it takes the average learner less time to complete the content delivered as CBL compared with live instructor-led training.
  • Ability to bookmark progress. Learners can return and resume exactly where they left off.
  • Environmentally friendly. CBL reduces the use of paper and often removes the need to travel to physical classrooms.

Linda R. Puetz, BA, BSN, RN, MEd

(August 2010)