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American Heart Association Enhances eLearning for Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC)
Date:9/14/2007

Online programs expand options, reduce costs for ECC training

DALLAS, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- For many years, American Heart Association research has supported education and training programs for Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) that save thousands of lives each year. Now, healthcare providers have more ways to access the American Heart Association's research-based ECC programs, as the organization introduces a significantly expanded eLearning program. That means more people, taking more courses, and saving more lives.

The expansion of the ECC Web-based eLearning offerings takes advantage of advances in technology and instructional design to deliver certain courses in a format that maximizes flexibility and consistency, while also saving participants time and money. The new eLearning offerings include a mix of online-only and "blended" courses -- which include basic online instruction with required hands-on training and assessment -- depending on the assessment and certification required. For example, courses involving strictly cognitive learning can be completed as eLearning modules online. Programs that rely heavily on effective CPR require skills practice and testing, and will need to be scheduled with an authorized American Heart Association Training Center.

Prior to this expansion, the American Heart Association's ECC program provided training through traditional instructor-led classroom courses, "micro-simulation" instruction using computerized manikins, and a limited mix of stand-alone online modules and blended courses. The new eLearning courses add to these offerings and help further the American Heart Association's commitment to develop learning programs that cover the entire educational spectrum through the most effective, research-based teaching methodologies available, no matter the delivery format.

"Changes in technology and a greater general acceptance of eLearning have made this the right time for the American H
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