It’s not a Mystery..First Aid.

#blendedlearning #NotNew

Look beyond the existing it’s not a mystery…

Someone mentioned to me today that, First Aid should not be a mystery. An interesting statement.

Before you read this, please note, this is my interpretation of how I see the future for all types of learning. Be mindful your internal bias doesn’t creep in.

Having just seen a great post from Anant Agarwal, What an inspiration.!

On remote learning and more specifically, Blended Learning, it has inspired me to get pen to paper.

We all have a responsibility to save lives, and not just in the current pandemic situation. Remember the aims of first aid?

Preserve Life

Prevent Worsening

Promote Recovery

Basically save lives. Its been a hot topic recently and quite understandably so. Keeping up the training in this social distancing world can be challenging.

Ways of learning.

To enable open access to everyone, having varied ways of learning and ensuring social distancing, the hot topic is Online learning. Lets split that into two. Blended learning and Pure Online learning. The two have distinct differences. I see that Blended Learning fits well with teaching practical skills and having a hands on situation and in our situation for First Aid has obvious advantages.

Pure Online learning is a very useful tool also, for CPD for example, other strictly online courses have a place too, with new technology being introduced constantly. There are many interactive elements which make online learning a very powerful way to teach.

Gaining knowledge.

In his TED talk, Anant Agarwal, makes a very interesting point regarding the right answer. What I take from it is this. The trainer/educator is not the only one to hold all the answers. It comes from the students too. Anant Agarwal points this out as when a student online asks a question, before Anant could answer, further possibilities were posted online from other students, as time went on and before Anant answered, another student on the other side of the world submits the correct answer! By allowing people to study in their own time gives the individual ‘space’ to learn at their own pace. This embeds the new skills far more than rushing to keep up with the trainer, delivering the contents of the course quickly because they have to in an allotted time. We all learn differently and as first aid trainers we are all duty bound to be mindful of this when teaching. However, to ensure we cover all the contents of the course within a time scale we have to keep moving forwards. This can be detrimental to some, hence the advantages of a blended learning approach.

Existing recognised teaching/training.

I see there are several types of teacher/trainer

  1. The trainer who likes and thrives on the performance, (look at me, I’m the greatest!) and has control.
  2. The trainer who ‘reads the contents’ from a book/powerpoint and has no engagement.
  3. The trainer who is engaging and just wants to train and impart knowledge for the student. (Will also have an element of performance too!) Does not ‘thrive’ on performance but uses it to inform.

1,2, above will certainly not like online learning situations.

Re-evaluating..

After watching the ted talk and reading more about the blended learning approach I have ‘remodelled’ our own blended learning course to incorporate even more interactive elements and this is why. Looking at the chart here, I can see how the ‘new normal’ will be how we teach/train in the future.

I feel its time we embrace this ‘new normal’ what ever subject we teach, from ski teachers helping someone become a better skier to a person training someone to be rocket scientist, online is here to stay and I believe it has advantages over ‘old school’ teaching,

I’ve taken the following from all this;

Active Learning, making your courses ‘interactive’

Self Facing, Learning at their own pace and style

Instant feedback, Having the opportunity to re adjust their answers, this allows positive feedback

Lastly, ‘teaching moments’ become ‘learning outcomes’

All this is more achievable with blended learning. To note that Anant Agarwal states, that previous results for course fail rates were between 40% -41% and after introducing Blended programmes this has been reduced to just 9% !

Knowledge is not a mystery, its open to all and using technology gives more people the ability to have access to it 😉

Take a few moments to watch this, its inspirational. OK, it is from 2013 but very relevant currently.

Thanks for reading!