From the staff development bookshelf: When computer-based learning doesn’t work

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, April 8, 2011

Computer-based learning (CBL) is any learning that involves a computer as the focal point for instructional delivery. It offers many advantages, such as 24/7 availability and uniformity of content and delivery.

However, sometimes CBL does not work as an education medium, for reasons such as:

  • The content did not match the learning need
  • The learning wasn't authentic to the participants
  • There was too much focus on the technology and not enough on the instructional design and content
  • The technology proved to be a barrier to learners
  • The content became outdated after initial use
  • The learning content was "shoveled" directly from an earlier traditional training program or PowerPoint® into a CBL format without ensuring that the CBL format was appropriate and would provide a better learning outcome

Source: Book excerpt adapted from Innovation in Nursing Staff Development: Teaching Strategies to Enhance Learner Outcomes by Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN, Mary Holtschneider, RN, BC, BSN, MPA, NREMT-P, Linda R. Puetz, RN, BA, BSN, MEd.

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