Traditional vs Blended Classes
Traditional classes of CPR have been taught with an instructor and either videos, powerpoints and lots of lecture and skills. There may even have been a test thrown in for good measure or because it was required. Today CPR education has evolved with technology. As CPR and First Aid training standards have evolved, unfortunately so has the class time required to teach them. What used to take 4 hours is now a 6 hour class. They have also specialized topics so that taking Basic CPR, AED and First Aid no longer covers first aid for children and infants, only adults (even though CPR and AED use for all ages is taught in the class). Now if you need First Aid for Children and Infants you need to take the Pediatric course. This has limited the pool of available people to take a weekly class. As we have seen registration numbers drop every month we knew we needed a different way to accommodate everyone and still offer classes to the public. The best way for Real Life Emergency Training to do this was to move to Blended Courses as the majority of our public class offerings.
Blended courses incorporate the use of online videos, lecture, quizzes and activities along with a separate hands on skills session with an instructor to complete a course. Since the main information is already been taught before students show up to class, we can have multiple different class types at one skills session. This allows us to keep our class costs as low as possible and allow everyone who needs a certification to obtain it in a timely manner.
We have discovered that students who have taken ASHI’s blended courses have a better recollection during the skills session than the people taking the night time traditional class. For awhile we were testing this by having Blended skills sessions during our Traditional class skills session. One reason for this, I am sure, is a lot of people work all day, come to a 4 hour CPR & First Aid class and are totally brain tired by the end of class. With blended courses once you have signed up and paid for the course we send you the link to begin the class. Students can take the class at their leisure. They can log in and log out without having to complete it in one sitting. They also have questions and activities to help cement in the learning.
Once a student has completed the blended portion they are ready for their skills session. When students arrive for the skills session, the instructor will go over any questions they have about the material that has been covered online. Then students will start into a skills practice session and end with a skills evaluation. Once all portions of the class are complete the instructor will submit the class rosters to ASHI and ASHI will issue the digital certification card. No card is issued if someone doesn’t complete all portions of the class.