Examples of Computer Based Training

By Joy Campbell

Computer based training allows learning at home or the office.
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Computer Based Training (CBT) is a behaviorist theorist's dream come true. As early as 1912, Edward Thorndike was wishing for a book that would display page two after the reader had finished page one. B.F. Skinner's key principle of giving the learner immediate feedback to reinforce learning was made available in the first CBT, "Plato," which was created in 1960. CBT began by centering on affordable, quality instructions that allowed the individual to master each step before proceeding to the next. Today CBT has grown to include nonlinear learning and collaborative communities for learners to connect with other learners.


Moodle, an open-source Course Management System (CMS), was launched in November 2001 and boasts over 50,000 validated registered sites in 214 countries, offering over 3 million courses. The Moodle platform is able to deploy on an individual website or for large institutions with thousands of students. Moodle includes modules such as forums, databases and wikis to help create Web 2.0 collaborative communities, along with the ability to implement the Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) for assessing assignments or quizzes.


Articulate Rapid E-Learning products provide rapid prototyping for your CBT. You can create CBTs from PowerPoints and turn them into interactive Flash and add quizzes and movies. You may purchases products separately or in one package. Articulate is also SCORM-compliant.


Adobe's E-Learning Suite offers CBT creators the ability to add demonstrations, interactive simulation, nonlinear scenarios and quizzes along with being SCORM-compliant.


Camtasia offers features such as recording PowerPoints, creating interactive videos, tables of contents and SCORM compliance quizzes, making it a simple to use CBT application.

Training Jump Start

Training Jump Start allows you to create CBT with a wide variety of options such as PowerPoint, videos, YouTube, Flash, audio, TechSmith's Camtasia Studio, Adobe Captivate or Articulate Presenter, HTML, Word, PDF and more. There is also the option of having users pay to enroll.


Helius Presenter allows the creation of interactive CBT and will convert PowerPoint into Flash presentations. Other features include audio narration, Flash movies, quizzes and surveys and the ability to add a table of contents.


Conductor CBT for employee education allows registration and tracking of your employees' training needs. You can create employee profiles, assign classes and track attendance. You can also issue licenses and certifications. Reports are available and if you are not able to find a report from their list you have the option to modify or create your own.