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Designing Web-Based Training: How to Teach Anyone Anything Anywhere Anytime by William Horton

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2.2. ADVANTAGES OF WBT

Although WBT is a relatively new phenomenon, it has already demonstrated some distinct advantages over traditional classroom training and over disk-based computer-based training (CBT). WBT has all the advantages of disk-based CBT, such as constant availability, non-judgmental testing, and instant feedback. WBT does not offer the ability to use multimedia freely but does have some advantages of its own:

  • Access to Web-based resources

  • Centralized storage and maintenance

  • Collaboration mechanisms

WBT combines the collaboration of face-to-face training and the anywhere-anytime availability of CBT. And WBT is just in its infancy. Everyone agrees it is going to get better and better.

2.2.1. WBT can save vaults of money

The fuel propelling adoption of WBT is money. Potential cost savings have energized corporations and universities to begin using WBT now. Technology-conveyed training, including WBT, is typically 40-60% less expensive than training delivered by traditional means [25].

2.2.1.1. What kinds of costs are saved?

How does WBT save money? Mainly by reducing some of the largest costs for training. Here are some cost savings you should consider for your project.

2.2.1.1.1. Travel expenses

Up to 40% of the cost of corporate training is for travel [26]. Aetna estimated that for training 1200 employees, travel expenses alone would cost $5 million USD-that's $4166 per person [27], Travel expenses can include airfare, mileage, parking, taxi fares, lodging, meals, ...

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