<ICI Logo> WBT (Web-Based Training)

Web-based training is the most common version of distance education these days. WBT has three distinctive formats: synchronous, asynchronous, and hybrid. ICI will use all three depending on a thorough analysis of the needs of our target population. To begin, let us examine the training cycle that shows the steps required for you to have a successful training experience.

Training begins when you able to define a need that can be addressed with instruction. The next step is designing an instructional process. You may want to start by defining where your students are, and where you want to take them. This is known as the gap model. After then, you can go ahead and select content, activities, examples, and evaluation tools to achieve your goals.

At that point comes the time to develop the tools you will use with your learners. You can create a video sequence, a Powerpoint presentation, a website, etc. Make sure these tools align with the goals and objectives you defined at the design stage. You should also make sure that such tools meet your learners' accessibility needs.

Next on our list is the testing stage. At this point you should test out your design and tools. If you are using WebCT or Centra, can your students log on to the interface? Is your movie compressed, so students can use it via dial-up internet? If you are using a narrated case study, do you have a text-only version of it? Have you tried your course site? Do links, slide shows, instructions, and media work appropriately? Test and retest your design, especially if you are becoming acquainted with new technology.

A note on webcasts

Synchronous WBT requires that we use tools to enable live communication between instructors and students. ICI uses IVocalize and Centra for such purposes, and you just need to contact Alvaro to request online events like a webcast.

It is important to remember that a successful webcast or webinar begins with good planning and to some degree with a complete review of your goals, activities, and the characteristics of your audience. The materials you use in your webcast or webinar must meet the standards for accessibility. For instance, you may need captioning if some of your students have hearing impairments. Learn more about accessibility.

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