Web-Based Nuclear Testing & Training

Coe, Richard
January 2003
Nuclear Plant Journal;Jan/Feb2003, Vol. 21 Issue 1, p47
Trade Publication
During the past two decades, technological advances in all areas of business have increased at a blinding rate. especially in the delivery and processing of information. Nowhere has this been more evident than in the area of training and testing of personnel by computerized methods. Many organizations have made tremendous advances in both the development and administration of training and computer-based testing in upgrade, certification and license testing. This "high-stakes" testing occurs in fields such as aviation, medical and the military. It is also emerging in the nuclear field where licensure and certification is critical to daily safe and effective job performance. Highly trained professionals in "high-stakes" jobs require many levels of cognitive skills. It is crucial that these skills be measured in the most accurate way to minimize possible statistical error, thus assuring the proper knowledge and skills needed to safely and effectively perform daily duties. Although exam security remains a sensitive issue, there are many advantages to computerized testing: • Tests can be delivered on demand. • Graphics, sounds, videos and text can be combined to present test tasks that resemble real-life conditions. • Exam scoring and analysis can be instantaneous. Web-based training is also becoming more popular because of its convenience and cost-effective availability to larger groups in different locations. The ability for students to move at their own learner-controlled comfortable pace can greatly enhance learning. Employees at nuclear power plants who need annual requalification training for site access, fitness-for-duty, basic radiological sciences, environmental monitoring, radioactive material shipment and regulatory changes can effectively do so on an Intranet and on the Internet. Students preparing for various types of requalification exams can study and take practice mock exams on the computer. Draft regulatory reports and requirements...


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