In the digital training world, the most effective learning medium remains CD-ROM instruction. And, today those CD-ROMs can be effectively networked throughout an organization. No longer does one have to deal with multiple copies of individual CD-ROM discs. No longer are there any limitations to wide, always-available, training. In essence, networked CD-ROM instruction is light years beyond most current E-Learning examples.

CD-ROM instruction has the unique power of rich multimedia learning (too often missing from today’s E-Learning courseware). Brilliant video that allows trainees to practice, vicariously, the procedures so necessary to their job descriptions. CD-ROM training is not full simulation but it is the closest thing to it. Plus, it is affordable and, when digitally networked, readily distributable internally.

And, why is full-motion video so necessary to most learning today?

Most people are visual learners when it comes to skills acquisition. ‘Seeing’, ‘hearing’, and ‘doing’ – in combination – is still the best way.

In fact, studies continue to reveal that using “seeing-hearing-doing” multimedia (in a full-motion and audio environment) will increase the majority of learners’ understanding by more than 50%, resulting in a 25-50% greater learning retention, and with a 50-60% greater consistency in content understanding – the ultimate aim of all learning.

One should also never forget that nearly 40% of America’s workforce does not comprehend beyond a 4th Grade reading level — making much of the current E-Learning offerings that are based on PowerPoint adaptations or written procedure adaptations irrelevant.

Today, despite a few limitations, the unique power of full-motion learning is now achievable in an E-Learning Intranet environment. Any organization can now seamlessly present to its workforce unique multimedia training at a fraction of the cost of the original multi-copy CD-ROM training. And, what’s more, there are no physical CDs involved — it’s all digitized.

You’ve really got two options. Many will choose the current E-Learning offerings because it can be accessed remotely. But remember, however convenient, most current E-Learning instruction gives up the “motion-picture value” — and, that is a significant weakness.

Your alternate choice is networked-delivered, digitized CD-ROM instruction. The training values here will prove superior for your organization and for your workforce. Everyone will readily see the positive results. Today, it’s the better way to go!

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— Bill Walton, Founder, ITC Learning