What Online Learning Can Do for Your Organization
As an instructor or training officer for an emergency organization, you're no doubt painfully familiar with ever-tightening budgets and scheduling conflicts.
Like any education tool, online learning is one piece of a larger system that includes classroom sessions, group exercises, hands-on practice and more. That's why the truest measure of an online education system stems from its ability to integrate with traditional learning elements, rather than merely supplementing them.
That's where CentreLearn comes in. We're professional educators, just like you. We pioneered the concept of learning in a blended environment, where online learning and classroom activities come together. And since 1998, our in-house team of instructional designers and technical experts has partnered with EMS, fire service, public health and other organizations to make online education and maintaining professional certifications easier than ever – and helped countless educators make the most of their precious classroom time.
Rather than simply providing a channel for delivery of text-only reading assignments, the CentreLearn Learning Management System helps instructors bring the online learning environment to life, through interactive materials such as:
- Multimedia lectures
- Video demonstrations of clinical, firefighting or rescue skills
- Learning games
- Website links
- Reference library materials
- Written and audio slideshow case studies
- Group discussions
- Self-assessment quizzes
- Opinion surveys
- And more
Academic experts and professional organizations alike support the practice of online education. In fact, researchers who compared more than 355 studies found no significant differences between online learning and other education methods. Learn more »
Five Tips for Online Learning Success
- Begin with the end. Ask yourself what your learning objectives are – that is, what you want your students to be able to do at the end of the course. Then, build a list of online and classroom sessions to achieve a step-by-step curriculum.
- Don't underutilize the online environment. Many educators make the mistake of treating the Internet as a text-only environment. Don't have the time or technical expertise to build multimedia or interactive learning materials? Software products like Articulate Presenter and Quizmaker, Macromedia Breeze and Camtasia can help. Or consider CentreLearn Complete™, which includes unlimited help from our in-house experts in converting your classroom materials for online use.
- Emphasize interactivity in the classroom. Use your valuable classroom time to provide students with an opportunity to interact with you and each other. Present online lectures and quizzes that prepare students for classroom activities, or that follow up on them. For example, an online video can demonstrate specific skills to help prepare students for a classroom-based skills lab or fire evolution.
- Set high expectations for online participation. Students who are new to online education will need careful monitoring at first. Create expectations by setting specific due dates for online activities prior to classroom sessions, and informing students that they are responsible for integrating the online portions of the course into their personal and professional schedules.
- Use the Internet as a two-way tool. Students who feel more involved in a course are more motivated to succeed. Use online tools to gather input such as base level of knowledge, evaluations of guest speakers, opinion surveys, etc.