Designing Web-Based Training: How to Teach Anyone Anything Anywhere Anytime / Edition 1

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The surge in the number of online training sites has created an unprecedented demand for experts who know all aspects of Web-based training (WBT) site design. Written by bestselling author William Horton, this book provides the hands-on and practical guidance that trainers demand. Packed with over 100 examples, this well-illustrated guide walks you through every phase of designing WBT, from analyzing your course requirements and assessing the needs of potential students to designing a course for a global audience.

You'll find out how to combine elements into effective and interesting learning sequences, discover how to overcome any technical hurdle that may arise, how to offer materials that motivate learning, and how to use Web technologies to create 21st-century alternatives to traditional courses.

Praise for Designing Web-Based Training

"Horton has done it again! He's addressed the cutting-edge problem of Web-based training design with his pragmatic, research-based approach. His work is task-oriented and down-to-earth. He doesn't waste our time with excessive educational philosophy. In short-comprehensive overview, practical advice, engaging presentation."-Robert E. Horn, Author, Visual Language: Global Communication for the 21st Century

"As each new media wave is adopted for instructional pur-poses, there is a lag in effective exploitation of the unique features the medium brings for supporting learning. Designing Web-Based Training bridges the gap by providing a rich and detailed reference."-Ruth Clark, EdD, President, Clark Training & Consulting

"Designers have been seeking guidance on how to exploit the Web's distribution potential while combining it with powerful instructional programs. Horton provides structure, stimulation, and substance in this important book. Web-based training is definitely what is happening now. Designing Web-Based Training will be a de facto classic in the field." -Gloria Gery, Principal, Gery Associates, Author, Making CBT Happen

The companion Web site at features:
* Design guidelines
* Live versions of many examples from the book
* A course shell and sample lessons
* Links to helpful references

"...explains the design & set-up of a Web-based training system...includes general guidelines & standards, what hardware & software to use, designing the course shell, types of reference aids, content decisions, and usability."

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
A close relative of "distance learning," web-based training (WBT) offers a big advantage over its kin by allowing instructors to design with multiple media in an online environment so students can learn at their own pace and on their own time and still get help from almost any source that is connected to the net. This power comes at a cost; few actually understand how to integrate all of this media into an effective learning environment. Horton, president of William Horton Consulting and editor of The Web Page Design Cookbook, has written a book for the administrator and instructor trying to understand WBT at a very high level of thinking--what it is, how to evaluate it, possible approaches and applications, organizing sequences, testing, collaborating, motivating, and the future. This is not, however, a technical work showing how to use a programming language and TCP (transmission control protocol) to implement WBT. Horton's book will appeal to librarians, teachers, corporate trainers, and administrators. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471356141
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/1/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 7.35 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 1.37 (d)

Meet the Author

WILLIAM HORTON is President of William Horton Consulting where hespecializes in the design of online training, help systems, andknowledge management systems. He is also the bestselling author ofThe Web Page Design Cookbook, The Icon Book, Designing &Writing Online Documentation, and Illustrating ComputerDocumentation (all from Wiley).

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Table of Contents

FAQ About This Book.

Meet Web-Based Training.

Evaluate WBT.

Pick an Approach.

Build the Framework.

Organize Learning Sequences.

Activate Learning.

Test and Exercise Learning.

Promote Collaboration.

Teach in the Virtual Classroom.

Motivate Learners.

Go Global.

Overcome Technical Hurdles.

Venture Beyond Courses.

Contemplate the Future.



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