Effective Vocational Computer-Based Training

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2008-09
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PCF5 Sub-theme: Livelihoods // This paper discusses and describes innovative computer-based training/simulation software that has combined both the theory and practice into effective training solutions for vocational students in the context of the challenges of teaching vocational skills. These software packages can be used for open and distance learning in blended situations as well as supplementary materials in traditional classrooms, where there is access to computers. The benefits and costs of developing these materials will also be discussed. Research has shown that computers can effectively teach vocational skills. As well, research has shown that computer-based training can be used to take students to a higher level of skills in the same amount of lab/shop time or reduce the time needed to train students in labs/shops. At the British Columbia Institute of Technology, computer-based training has been used to train aircraft mechanics in how to make fewer errors, mechanics in how to take disassemble, assemble, and inspect aircraft engines, carpenters how to build roofs, plumbers how to troubleshoot hot water heating systems, plumbers how to test and troubleshoot backflow prevention systems, plumbers how to adjust the air/gas mixtures in furnaces, fish canners how to identify flaws in cans and the cause of those flaws, nurses how to handle patients with spinal injuries, doctors how to diagnose diseases, and teachers how to teach. // Paper ID 357

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Caribbean and Americas
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