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What are the commonalities and differences between Self-Paced Tutorials (Netg) and previously prepared courses (cartridges) like in WEB Ct (Web Course Tools) or Blackboard. I just can't get it straight in my mind.

Also, what are the most common delivery methods for these?

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1. What are the commonalities and differences between Self-Paced Tutorials (Netg) and previously prepared courses (cartridges) like in WEB Ct or Blackboard. I just can't get it straight in my mind.

A. What is NETg?

NETg, the National Education Training Group, is the developer of NETgLearning. They are the world's leading provider of interactive, technology-based training and education. Their courses have received approval from Microsoft and Oracle as "Official Study Guides" for certification exams. NETg has developed courses on hundreds of the most in-demand information technology and professional skills topics.

NETg 101 -

NETg, the developer of NETgLearning, is one of the world's leading providers of interactive, technology-based training and education. NETg courses have received approval from Microsoft and Oracle as "Official Study Guides" for certification exams. NETg has developed courses on hundreds of the most in-demand information technology and professional skills topics. Cutting-edge technology-based training that is organized, tailored to your needs and skill level, and available whenever your schedule permits, is now at your fingertips. In other words, NETg is online, any time, Web-based Training & Professional Development. For example, U.Va NETg Learning is offered by the Human Resources Development and Training. The main goal is to provide the skills and professional abilities people want! The U.Va. NETgLearning Web site provides over 1300 interactive courses covering business and professional development, desktop applications, IT applications, general IT concepts and IT tools. For information visit the NETg site (http://www.itc.virginia.edu/training/).

Benefits of Technology Based Training-

1. Maximizing Individual Learning Styles: Through technology-based training's design, you have the freedom to work at your own pace, and move on to new material when you are ready. The environment is private and non-competitive. You may be assigned topics of study or you can create your own personalized training programs. At your convenience, you can practice exercises, review information, or repeat portions as needed to gain competence in the material. This builds a strong foundation for continued learning.

2. Just In Time Delivery: Technology based training is readily available when you require it. This provides maximum flexibility to you as schedules and projects permit. It can be used as a refresher or performance support tool, because training is accessible on an ongoing basis.

3. Cost Effective: Technology based training lowers training expenses by reducing delivery costs such as instructors, facilities, and travel.

4. Instructional Consistency: Technology based training does not vary in quality from day to day, class to class, or environment to environment, because the information and presentation remains consistent. The same content is delivered to every user regardless of location.

5. Reduced Learning Time: The benefits and value of hands-on instruction produce shortened learning curves, faster times to full productivity, and better mastery of instructional objectives. This makes better use of the limited time you have for training. Technology based training can also be incorporated into classroom instruction, or used as a prerequisite to provide baseline skills to maximize classroom time.

6. Precision Learning: NETgLearning technology skills courses use online assessments that directly link to learning objectives. Assessment results are automatically mapped back to the course content to create a "Precision Learning Track" for you. This capability provides an efficient method of training on only the topics in need, while filtering out the topics already known.

Taking a Technology Skills Course -

Each NETgLearning technology skills course begins with a Pre-assessment that consists of multiple choice and interactive demonstration questions based on the content of the course. NETgLearning uses your Pre-assessment to create a Precision Learning Track that guides you through the course topics where your answers indicated a need for training, eliminates the topics where your answers demonstrated proficiency. This saves time while allowing you to get training tailored to your specific needs. At the end of each course, you will take a post assessment mastery test. The post assessment allows you to track your progress, and reinforces your understanding of the skills. You might not score 100% on every post assessment, but you should expect to see improvement over your Pre-assessment score. The average course takes 6 - 8 hours to complete from start to finish. However, each course has a bookmark feature, enabling you to complete as much or as little of the course as your time allows. When you exit a course, your progress ...

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This solution explains the commonalities and differences between Self-Paced Tutorials (Netg) and previously prepared courses (cartridges), such as Web Course Tools (WEB Ct) or Blackboard. It then explains the most common delivery methods. Supplemented with two extra resources on distance education delivery methods.

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