Fluid Power systems design is a skilful and complex task requiring significant practical experience and heuristic knowledge gained over many years. With few formal Fluid Power design courses being taught in further and higher education, both academia and industry are seeking new methods of delivering this specialist knowledge. The Internet opens up low-cost, low-risk training opportunities for companies, particularly Small-to-Medium Enterprises, which may not be able to afford to send their staff on residential courses, and also for employees seeking career development within the context of lifelong learning. This paper describes the early stages of a project to develop an open, domain-independent, Java-based framework for the delivery of multimedia training. This framework forms part of an overall Performance Support System for trainees and professionals involved in Fluid Power systems design. Also described is a formative evaluation of the framework.

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