24 June 2008

The most hateful initials in the world: CBT

Okay, relax folks. I don't mean anyone in particular, in fact I'm not sure I even know anyone with those initials.

What I'm talking about here today are CBTs - Computer Based Training. A lot of my training for my job is done this way. It's not a bad way to do things because you can do them on your own and if you have questions you can always replay the lesson.

The bad thing is when you're a procrastinator like me...well, then you don't get them done in a timely manner and ended up scrambling to complete various modules.

Like this week. Today was going to be a quiet day, and it was as I predicted. But this morning when I went into my CBT training site to access my next module I found all the mods were gone.

Originally I had to complete a bunch of trainings on Microsoft Office 2003. Well, our company is upgrading to 2007, though not until later this fall, though the Mother company is upgrading next week. And since the Mother company owns all our CBT training, they decided to upgrade the CBTs as well and all those I had in My Plan disappeared.

I was ticked. Because now I'm not sure what I'm supposed to do to complete everything. Our training plan is being upgraded as well to show the new software upgrade but I'm still under the old plan. So I'm kind of stuck in the middle.

So I started all over again at the beginning. I got two done today (amidst multiple interruptions) and I'll do as many as I can tomorrow and this weekend and next week until I have everything completed. Then I can get out of this crap and start the next module - A+ certification. Joy.

1 comment:

ericjay said...

Ugh, I hate those three little letters!

I hate that our CBTs are on like 6 different systems, which each have their own usernames and passwords, and work, or fail to work, with different technology.

There's one system that requires IE7, but another only works with IE6.

One can only be accessed from the "work" network, but some can be accessed from home.

Some reset your password after 90 days of inactivity, and will only send your new one to our "work" e-mail (which we're not allowed to access from home).

The worst one I had to do took me about 40 hours to complete (all on my own time, of course)...

I honestly think that most of our required ones are a complete joke, too -- I rarely finish one feeling like I've learned anything.