This paper provides a brief overview of the role of interactive multimedia (IM) in corporate training, and will discuss the relevant factors in making wise business decisions regarding the implementation of interactive multimedia within U.S. shipyards. Despite the numerous studies and reports citing the efficiencies of delivering instructions in a multisensory format via a computer, shipyards have been slow to implement this technology into their business practices. The reasons for this are twofold: first, the technology is still viewed as nascent and unproven, and second, the business benefits are not well understood by decision-makers. This paper focuses on understanding the business benefits of implementing interactive multimedia in a shipyard environment. Case studies and success stories are referenced for the purpose of understanding how IM training works within the shipyard The main thrust of discussion is towards how to properly analyze the expected return on investment and strategy for implementation of interactive media within a typical shipyard.

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