“Technology is having a major impact on the delivery of training programs” (Noe, 2013). I have chosen five different technologies to explain the impact have on how people learn and interact and implications of using these technologies for training.
Simulations and virtual reality serve education institutes, training programs, and companies in many aspects while meeting the goals and objectives of the training program. “They create training environments that increase the probability that training will transfer to the job” (Noe, 2013, p. 339). The trainee’s progress through the simulation based on their decisions and through virtual reality, trainees interact with a computer representation of the job for which they are trained. (Noe, 2013, p. 339) Simulations get employees more engaged by providing meaningful learning experiences that get them involved in their learning.
Simulations can provide real-life learning experiences in which trainees experience realistic situational environments, to allow for critical thinking development of decisions. Simulations offer trainees more engagement by providing meaningful learning experiences that get them involved in their learning. There are many variations of simulation training that can impact the cost of simulation. Such as, high cost for medical simulation and flight or combat simulators to virtual online simulation of medical tasks or skills.
As more and more organizations are seeking new ways to reduce costs of training and providing training that would otherwise require leave time to train or schooling, the use of simulations and virtual training will greatly increase to enhance the training experience for the trainees.
Computer-based training (CBT)
“An interactive training experience in which the computer provides the learning stimulus, the trainee must respond, and the computer analyzes the response and provides feedback to the trainee” (Noe, 2013). CBT has had major impact on how people learn and interact by utilizing instruction text, interaction, simulations, games, video and collaboration within the training program. CBT gives the trainee 24/7 access to training courses and certificate programs to enable the trainee the flexibility to schedule the CBT time around their busy work or family schedule.
CBT learning will continue evolving and growing in popularity as many organizations need self-produced effective, efficient, good, cost effective training programs installed that improves quality in services, processes, and procedures until the next technological invention need apply. Training and development is indeed a two-fold opportunity, a well-trained work force helps increase organizational stakeholder’s success needs, quality, profitability, maintenance, and sustainability.
This type of instruction gives learners the best of both worlds. Noe (2013) stated, “Training is delivered using a combined technology and face-to-face instructional delivery approach, such as classroom and [web-based training] WBT.” Trainees engaged with a multitude of classroom assessment techniques to enhance the classroom instruction where the training shifts from instructor lead to student centered learning. Blended learning uses the classroom to allow learners to learn together and to discuss and share insights, which helps bring learning to life and make it meaningful. (Noe, 2013) Learners in the classroom engage more with meaningful discussion to enhance or provide clarity based upon the learner’s perspective. By using discussion boards, wikis, blogs, video and other multimedia, blended learning has capitalized on the positive learning features inherent to face-to-face and web based instruction. (Noe, 2013) Blended learning has presented many positive aspects of learning outcomes, but has also had its challenges meeting the needs of all learners in a training program. Some learners lack the required computer skills and motivation to become fully engaged, thus lagging behind or left out of the learning experience. Blended learning is a fantastic method to enhance the classroom instruction, but faces technology struggles with the fast-paced innovations and management staff to maintain and implement the new technologies to be used. Staff using blended learning in their instruction will also need training to fully engage in the use of the new technologies. In the end, blended learning can have positive results in achieving a positive learning outcome of the learners.
Learning Management Systems (LMS)
A LMS refers to a technology platform that can be used to annotate the administration, development, and delivery of all of a company’s training programs. (Noe, 2013) LMSs provides training administration, directors, and/or management the ability to tailor training content via a web-based platform to provide training that allows for enabling access, training and assessing the trainee’s learning via a web-based platform. Training managers can track, teach and assess all trainees within the training programs for the organization. The LMS allows for personalization of training, accessibility and flexibility of training content, and assessment of trainee achievements. LMS will impact how training is tracked, assessed and delivered to benefit the organization’s goals and objectives. A growing trend towards online or E-learning via a LMS is escalating as organizations expand their operations abroad by taking advantage of opportunities in the new global economy.
Interactive Whiteboard Technology
“Interactive whiteboards are an effective way to interact with digital content and multimedia in a multi-person learning environment” (SMART Technologies, Inc., 2006) The interactive whiteboard allows instructors and learners to interact with web-based technology and software interfaced from the computer to the whiteboard. This technology allows for clear presentation and interaction to motivate the learner through the engagement with multimedia tools during instruction. The interactivity brings pictures, video, audio and words together to provide clarity of simple to complex processes. The enhancement and usage of the whiteboard in instruction will allow for a better learning experience and meeting the needs of the learner to promote the success in the program.
Noe, R. A. (2013). Employee training and development (6th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw Hill.
SMART Technologies, Inc. (2006, March). Interactive whiteboards and learning. SMART Technologies. Retrieved from: http://downloads01.smarttech.com/media/research/whitepapers/int_whiteboard_research_whitepaper_update.pdf