Red Cross Offering Blended Learning Option

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Monday, October 22, 2012

American Red Cross Offers New Online

Blended Learning Classes

American Red Cross, southern Missouri Region

For the first time ever, local businesses and first responder groups will be able to go online for the best-in-class first aid and CPR/AED training from the American Red Cross.

The Southern Missouri Region is introducing blended learning classes combining Internet learning with an in-person session for students. Once the online class is completed, the students' practice skills are assessed by an instructor. The first in-person sessions will be held October 25, 2012 in Springfield and Cape Girardeau and on October 29, 2012 in Joplin, according to Terra Jeffres, training scheduler for the chapter.

"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 Jeffres. "As always, our Full Service option offers on-site training for groups who would prefer more hands-on learning."

The blended courses can be arranged by going online to redcross.org or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767). The charge for blended courses is the same as the traditional classroom training, which is still available as well. All classes provide a two-year certification.

Courses are expected to accommodate individual learning styles and pace. The student will be able to review training to ensure that the material is understood. The course takers will also have the option to go through the training in full or take an abbreviated form with testing out of lessons already familiar to them, making it a time-saver for those recertifying.

Other benefits of blended training:

* Access to training from any computer with Internet access

* Prevent schedule conflicts with work-related responsibilities

* Accommodates busy personal schedules

* Consistent training content for all students

In addition, course takers are given access to the online content during the period of certification. They may reference content or refresh their knowledge as needed.

The Red Cross blended learning programs stand out with their appealing gaming-type activities, a pre-test for customizing to the learner and the use of quality videos and content.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org. Or You may contact Beth Seabaugh - Health & Safety Logistics Cooridinator at 573-335-9471 x306

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