The American Red Cross has recently released a new program that allows local businesses and first responder groups to study online for their first-aid and CPR/AED training.
The Southern Missouri region of the American Red Cross is offering blended learning classes, which combine Internet classes with in-person learning. Once the student has completed the Red Cross' online course, their skills will be tested by an instructor.
"We are expecting the blended learning classes to be more convenient for individuals and more efficient for employers by reducing expenses related to time spent in off-site training," said Terra Jeffres, training scheduler for the southern Missouri chapter, "As always, our full service option offers on-site training for groups who would prefer more hands-on learning."
This course is designed to accommodate individual's unique learning style and pace. Students will be allowed to review training to ensure that the material is understood.
The course-takers will have the option to take a full course or take an abbreviated form with testing out of lessons they are already familiar with, saving time for those seeking recertification.
Some other benefits of blended training are that the student has access to training from any computer with Internet access, it prevents schedule conflicts with work-related responsibilities, accommodates personal schedules and offers consistent training for all students.
Additionally, students are given access to the online content during the period of certification, refreshing their knowledge or referencing content as needed.
The Red Cross program stands apart with the blended learning program because of the appealing, game-type activities, a pre-test for customizing to the learner, and the use of videos and content.
To arrange blended learning classes, visit redcross.org, or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767).
The cost for the course is the same as traditional training, and the course provides a two-year certification.