|New Training Technologies (ILO - UNEVOC, 1995, 95 p.)|
There are a few more technologies that have not yet been mentioned and may be of interest for training:
In applications where the keyboard and/or the mouse utilization is not easy or appropriate, a touchscreen may be used. This will for example be the case in a public area, where keyboard and mouse could be damaged or stolen.
Touchscreens are built on several technologies. The more touch sensitive, the more expensive is the display. But intermediate solutions also exist: panels can be installed by the user in front of a normal screen, thus transforming it into a touchscreen. Most of the applications need no change at all in order to be used with a touchscreen instead of a keyboard or a mouse. For training, touchscreens will among others be very useful in simulation exercises, where the learner will physically "touch" the button or object as he or she would do so in real life.
The voice recognition/command
Considerable progress has been made in this area during recent years. The fast increasing power and speed of PC microprocessors have helped, because these applications consume a large amount of computing power. Learning languages is the first area where one can see a very profitable utilization of voice recognition.
Computer assisted translation
The translation of educational material from one language to another may require a long time and involve a high cost. Automatic translation has not been implemented yet, except for very quick and approximate translation of scientific documents or newspapers. The result of these translations only gives an approximate an idea of what the document contains, to decide whether it is useful to translate it properly.
What has been successfully implemented, and is being constantly updated, is a set of translation help tools. With the fast improvement of spelling check and grammar verification in the best-known text processors, these tools will came into general use and allow translations to be made more quickly and less expensively.