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How Do I Choose the Best Computer-Based Training Course?

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  • Written By: G. Wiesen
  • Edited By: Shereen Skola
  • Last Modified Date: 30 June 2014
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A computer-based training course is software that can be used to help someone learn a new skill or acquire knowledge about a subject. The best computer-based training course typically includes a focus on subject matter that is relevant and a testing method that demonstrates real knowledge. If your training needs are fairly general, such as selling strategies or using certain computer software, then you may be able to find existing training lessons that will work well for you. There are also companies that you can hire to design new computer-based training course materials specific to your needs, to help you in training new employees or to teach others something that you have developed. As you consider your options, however, look for a program that includes some form of testing or assessment to ensure people are actually learning the material.

Depending on the subject matter you need to cover, you may be able to find a program that has already been made and is appropriate for your needs. For example, if you want a computer-based training course to help you or others learn to use a certain software program, then there may already be one out there that you can use. With established software, look for testimonials from others that help provide you with evidence as to the effectiveness of it.

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You may, however, need to have an original computer-based training course developed to cover the information you want others to know. If you have a growing business and want to be able to use software to train new employees, for example, then you can have someone develop a training program for you. These are often built upon established frameworks to make the process easier, but allow you to customize the lessons to your specific subject. With this type of computer-based training course, ensure that any company you work with can use your information accurately and make changes based on your feedback at a reasonable price.

Regardless of what type of computer-based training course you use, ensure that it includes tools for assessment. Tests can be presented at the end of a lesson to evaluate how well someone using the training program has absorbed and learned new material from it. Make sure this evaluation is designed to gauge real knowledge and cannot easily be answered by someone who has not learned from the computer-based training course. You might also look for software that provides training and a particular type of certification, which is especially important for learning to use new computer programs and may be available from some companies.

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