An investigation of computer generated knowledge retention activities in computer-based training with adult learners
Queensland University of Technology
The goal of this investigation was to evaluate the impact of training and the effectiveness of different types of knowledge retention activities delivered by computer-based training programs. This study focused on a computer-based learning system called the Profound Learning Delivery System (PLS). PLS is an application designed to improve the content knowledge retention of adult learners who are completing computer-based training. This study used a pretest-posttest experimental design to compare adult learners’ knowledge of Microsoft Outlook ("Outlook," 1997) before and after a computer-based training session. Participants were trained using two different computer-based instructional programs; a commercially available software program matched for comparison purposes and PLS. This comparison involved three different formats for post-instruction retention activities that were; no review activities, user generated review activities, and program generated retention activities. Results indicate, there was a significant difference between the groups 60 days after training. This result demonstrated that PLS has potential worth exploring.
Knowledge retention, adult learning, computer-based training
Reid, D., Jacobsen, D. M., & Katz, L. (2012). An investigation of computer generated knowledge retention activities in computer-based training with adult learners. Journal of Learning Design, 1(1). https://doi.org/10.5204/jld.v1i1.10