There are many options available to employers who are considering how to deliver training. All options have their pros and cons. One training method takes advantage of technology and delivers instruction or education through computer-based training (CBT) programs/online courses.
For CBT to be effective, the student must be interested in the topic and have some personal motivation to study, review the material and understand it. CBT programs often fall victim to "click through" by the students without anytime spent on the content. This is so common that some CBT programs are being structured to identify the "clickers" and take steps to prevent abuse. United Safety Associates only uses instructor-led training for our specialized courses. With this type of teaching students are unable to ignore the instructor speaking directly to them or requiring them to attend and participate in course content. Specialized training requires skill sets that CBT alone cannot provide.
The worker must be provided the opportunity to learn in an environment that allows the student to ask questions, participate in group tabletop drills, learn from the instructors experience and hands on training. If equipment is involved in the course the employee must touch, inspect, wear and use their equipment during training to be familiar with what is taught in class so when they have to use it onsite with no instructor or computer present they can correctly do it.
CBT courses cannot provide or supervise this element. This is one of the main issues with using CBT alone. In some respect, the employee's time and the employer's money are wasted.