Date of Award
Master of Science in Maritime Affairs
Maritime Education & Training
This paper is concerned with the use of personal computers in Maritime Education and Training. It examines how CAL can help optimise the learning outcomes. A brief look is taken at traditional maritime training methods used in Maritime institutes. A comparison is made with training methods employed in the aviation industry with the view to find out what lessons, if any, the maritime industry can learn from there. The definition of Computer-Assisted Learning and the role it can play in a skill-based training environment are considered. The capabilities and limitations of CAL are investigated. The general considerations in implementing CAL in an institution and the selection of software for use in training are examined. The principles of good quality software are examined, taking into account that at present most of the educational software available if ofthe commercial “off-the-shelf’ which might not be exactly suitable for classroom use. Two maritime software programs, Officer of the Watch and Navi-Trainer, are analysed . The methods for collecting data on the appropriateness of a particular software in meeting specific instructional objectives are investigated. The paper concludes that CAL is suitable as a part-task training tool in Maritime Education and Training. It can be used for pre-simulator periods or in concert with other training methods. However, its value is reliant on proper plaiming, implementation, execution and usage.