Faculty Advisor

Boulette, E.T. T.


Computer-based employee training is being increasingly utilized. For an employer, the benefit is lower training costs in terms of instructor-hours. For the student, there is the pedagogical benefit of self-paced learning. However, students may lose the potential benefit of personal contact with an instructor associated in "hands-on" learning or in the classroom experience. How effective is computer-based training in reducing instructor time and cost, and how effective is this type of training in assuring students' learning comprehension and retention? This IQP will approach these questions in the context of training operators for nuclear reactors. The training of operators for the WPI Nuclear Reactor Facility will be used as a test example by the creation of a Web-based training system to augment the existing training program. This Web-based system will have all the features of traditional computer-based training with the additional advantages of hyperlinks to additional resources, such as the NRC Web site for 10CFR, located in the appropriate locations throughout the training program.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 1999

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering