Technology-Assisted Learning

RT-157 Topic Summary
RT 157


As the use of computers and other electronic media increases substantially in the workplace, so does the need for quicker delivery of educational material using present day technology.

Traditional CII education material has consisted primarily of written lesson plans presented in a classroom setting. Due to lost productivity and the cost of travel for off-site training, companies are reducing their use of classroom training. To investigate how to satisfy this need for information through technology, the CII Education Committee formed the Technology-Assisted Learning (TAL) Research Team. The key objectives of the team were to survey the training industry for trends in the electronic delivery of training materials and to identify opportunities for utilizing this technology in the delivery of CII research to member companies. 

The team found that for many of the CII education modules, the Internet can deliver the factual content and be followed by a workshop where the training is completed. This arrangement combines the strengths of both methods: the delivery efficiency of the internet and the learning reinforcement and networking in a workshop environment. The results show that CII could see more widespread implementation of its research results by using technology-assisted learning techniques.

Key Findings and Implementation Tools

1 : On-demand Training

Companies wanted training available on an as-needed, just-in-time basis. (RS157-1, p. 3)
Reference: (RS157-1)

2 : Hurdle-free Implementation

The survey indicated no major barriers (resource, cultural, or organizational) to adopting Technology-Assisted Learning (TAL). Internet-based delivery method would also be the most cost-effective means of CII training. (RS157-1, p. 3)
Reference: (RS157-1)

3 : TAL Characteristics

To aid in the selection process, the research team developed a set of charateristics as well as specifications that a finished product should be able to support. (RS157-1, pp. 5-6)

  • Promote active learning
  • Promote understanding of the concepts
  • Include learning objectives
  • Include interactive learning activities
  • Include an evaluation tool
  • Include a training management/reporting tool
Reference: (RS157-1)

4 : CII Leading Development of TAL Implementation

Current plans developed by the CII Education Committee provide for two phases within the Technology-Assisted Learning (TAL) system:
  1. The TAL-Internet (TAL-I) can deliver the factual content of the module. TAL-I provides just-in-time delivery anywhere in the world and allows employees to take a course when time is available.
  2. Since interaction between people from differing organizations is valuable, the TAL-Workshop phase (TAL-W) will be developed as well.
By using the TAL-I phase only, a minimum level of stand-alone training can be made available to those who may require a basic understanding of a particular topic. TAL-I will be used to pre-qualify participants for TAL-W offerings on each TAL topic. (RS157-1, p. 7)
Reference: (RS157-1)

5 : Not a Replacement for Existing Methodologies

The research team does not view TAL as a replacement for the current CII education delivery methodologies. In many instances, methods other than TAL would take precedence. In other cases, TAL could be supplemental and supportive of current offerings. Some of the ways that TAL can provide value to the education process include the following: (RS157-1, pp. 10-11)

  • Providing minimum stand-alone training for those requiring overview only.
  • Providing evaluated pre-qualification for facilitated TAL-W workshop/case studies.
  • Raising awareness level and potential for implementation of CII best practices.
  • Providing networking benefits on specific CII best practices topics through TAL-W workshop/case studies.
  • Enhancing CII education delivery methods to keep pace with industry improvements.
  • Providing training on the use of CII best practices to a more extensive professional audience than has been impacted by the traditional training delivery techniques and systems.
Reference: (RS157-1)

Key Performance Indicators

Improved cost, Improved employee engagement

Research Publications

Technology-Assisted Learning for the Construction Industry: Recommendations for a CII Course of Acti - RS157-1

Publication Date: 06/2000 Type: Research Summary Pages: 12 Status: Supporting Product

Presentations from CII Events

Session - CII Use of Technology Assisted Learning

Publication Date: 07/2000 Presenter: Charles Brod Number of Slides: 14 Event Code: AC00