Computer based training has a few advantages over conventional course offerings, such as access to a much broader population and the potential optimization of a limited expert instructor pool. However, experience has shown that, despite advances in software applications, an enormous investment in professional time is required.
The field of corrosion science and engineering is vast and overlaps many disciplines. A previous survey has indicated that the best education for corrosion specialists comes from experience. On the other hand the fast changing world we live in requires constant upgrading of one's skills in often unforeseen directions.
As you may have realized already, the Corrosion Doctors web site contains many educational elements that originally were designed for CBT rendering. The sixth survey was an attempt to define the requirements and interests in the CBT technology as it could be applied to corrosion training, from the Basics to continuous updating of state-of-the-art knowledge.
This survey was carried out between March 1st and 31st 2000 by invitingthe members of two very active corrosion electronic discussion groups (UMIST and NACE International) to participate and answer simple questions by stating their opinions on options provided. The following results summarized the answers provided by ninety-four participants.
First question: "Have you ever used Computer Based Training (CBT) tools in relation to corrosion training?"
More than once10
Second question: "Have you ever considered developing or having someone else develop CBT tools in relation to corrosion training requirements?"
More than once23 (24%)
Third question: "Do you personally think that the corrosion community is ready to to accept CBT tools?"
Only if accredited by an organization such as NACE International40
Only if it provides an officially accepted school or university credit14 (15%)
Even if they did not provide a training credit31
This will never be a viable option for training corrosion personnel! 9
Fourth question: "In your opinion, do you think that CBT tools could provide good corrosion training?"
Fifth question: "Would you be interested in participating to the development of CBT tools for corrosion training?"
Only for specialized topics11
Only for basic topics20
At most levels of specialization56
It will never compete with traditional training methods7
More or less interested22
Could be interested in the near future37 (39%)
Absolutely not interested15