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Computer-Based Training (CBT)

  • By: Pierre-Léonard Harvey & Alain Farmer
  • In: Encyclopedia of Distributed Learning
  • Edited by: Anna Distefano, Kjell Erik Rudestam & Robert J. Silverman
  • Subject:Online Learning & Distance Ed

CBT is an acronym for computer-based training; however, there has been a profusion of acronyms that refer to educational software. Many of them are or have become synonymous with CBT, including:

  • Computer-assisted audiovisual instruction (CAAI)
  • Computer-assisted instruction (CAI)
  • Computer-assisted learning (CAL)
  • Computer-assisted language learning (CALL)
  • Computer-assisted training (CAT)
  • Computer-assisted teaching (CAT)
  • Computer-assisted teachers training systems (CATTS)
  • Computer-assisted video (CAV)
  • Computer-based education (CBE)
  • Computer-based instruction (CBI)
  • Computer-based instructional management (CBIM)
  • Computer-based learning (CBL)
  • Computer-illustrated teaching (CIT)
  • Computer-managed instruction (CMI)
  • Computer-managed learning (CML)
  • Computer and video assisted teaching (CVAT)
  • Intelligent computer-aided instruction (ICAI)

CBT amounts to using a computer for training and instruction. Specifically, the student learns by executing a training program, referred to as courseware, on a computer, which typically provides interactive training for specific disciplines. When it targets adult or continuing education, it is referred to as CAT. Regardless of the student's age, ...

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