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What is CBT?
What is e-learning?
What is the difference between the two?
anjju singh

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  1. Comparing CBT and e-Learning

    What is CBT?
    First of all, CBT stands for Computer Based Training. It could be said that any piece of information you can read on your computer screen is a piece of learning material, and therefore CBT. However, the more recognised, and possibly more sensible, answer would be to say that CBT is ‘self study’ training that you can take on your computer.

    Depending on where you get your CBT from, it may be an entire ‘course’ (anything from beginning MS Word, through to Managing a Team for example), or it may be what’s called a Learning Object. A Learning Object being a discrete piece of information. (for example formatting text in MS Word).

    Different pieces of CBT also contain varying amounts of interaction within them. You may find that some have small tests that the student can take to refine the material they revue within the CBT course, and they may also contain interaction within the CBT in the form of involving questions or role play scenarios.

    What is e-Learning?
    This really includes all of the above and more. E-Learning is the extension of the classroom. With traditional CBT, the student doesn’t necessarily have the opportunity to interact with other students, or a tutor.

    With the evolution of e-Learning this now comes back into play. Students can discuss topics with other students through discussion forums, and chat rooms. In addition there are a huge number of resources from people who have expert knowledge in different subjects.

    Whatever your preferred method of learning, it can be covered by implementing an e-Learning programme.

    So what is the Difference?
    CBT is self study training on your PC, and e-Learning extends this experience with the addition of student communities, and the resources available on the internet.

    If you would like to talk about this further, please call me at Glasstap. I’ve been involved with this type of thing for a few years and can’t get enough 🙂


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