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Ask the expert: Is computer-based learning too expensive?

Nurse Leader Insider, January 10, 2011

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This week, Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN, discusses how computer-based learning can be appropriate to include in your budget for staff training, orientation, and education.

Q: I want to use computer-based learning, but how do I justify the cost on a tight budget?

A: When costs are an issue (and they are always an issue!), keep these five principles in mind to help present a compelling case for justifying computer-based learning (CBL) approaches as a sound learning model across the organization compared with traditional classroom, instructor-based training (Rosenberg, 2001; Hall, 1998):

  • CBL learning approaches are often more efficient, especially when large educational interventions are needed
  • The time it takes to deliver CBL training to all learners is significantly shorter

Click here to read the next three principles to justify CBL.

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