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What is the difference between computer based learning, computer mediated learning, computer aided instruction, computer based training.

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Computer mediated learning is when computers are used by students not only to learn but as a means of communicating via email, message boards, etc. with other classmates and professors. This is often found in a post secondary (college) setting. CML allows distance learning, i.e. students can take a college or even high school course online and everything (assignments, communication) is done electronically. Unlike the other above types of learning listed, CML does not provide one on one interaction between students and students and teachers. CML also allows students to explore and develop their own learning and research styles. Computer-mediated communication (CMC) is becoming accessible to greater numbers of people and "online" education is growing as a viable supplementary or alternative approach for instruction and learning. The research reported in this study explores and describes the comparative effects of synchronous text-based CMC with asynchronous text-based CMC in terms of cognitive and cooperative activity, the quality of outcomes, and subjective impressions of the participants.

CBT just trains people with computers on how to do certain jobs instead of have them engage in hands on experience. Computer-based training (CBT) services are where a student learns by executing special training programs on a computer relating to their occupation. CBT is especially effective for training people to use computer applications because the CBT program can be integrated with the applications so that students can practice using the application as they learn. Historically, CBTs growth has been hampered by the enormous resources required: human resources to create a CBT program, and hardware resources needed to run it. However, the increase in PC computing power, and especially the growing prevalence of computers equipped with CD-ROMs, is making CBT a more viable option for corporations and individuals alike. Many PC applications now come with some modest form of CBT, often ...

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The differences between computer based learning, computer mediated learning, computer aided instruction and computer based training.