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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Red Cross releases Blended Learning

In an effort to meet virtual training demands, the American Red Cross has developed Blended Learning, a delivery method which incorporates online training with in-person skills sessions with a certified ARC instructor in first aid, CPR, and automated external defibrillator (AED) usage.

Photo: The American Red Cross

“This will allow us to reach a new audience who normally would not take our training due to time conflicts,” said Kennedy Benjamin, ARC's service delivery manager for Health & Safety. “They can do the majority of their training anytime and anywhere with a computer and Internet access.”

After registering for a Blended Learning course, participants will need to successfully complete the online session, before attending the in-person skills session, Benjamin said. The interactive web-based program is designed to teach participants the skills required to pass the in-person skill session.

“Students can spend anywhere from 2-5 hours doing the online training, depending on which course they register for,” Benjamin said. “And it does not have to be done all at once.”

The virtual training tracks and stores students' progress in the specific course. Students are able to resume the course from where they last left of.

For more information about this program or other Health & Safety training, visit

About The American Red Cross

Mission Statement

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
Vision Statement
The American Red Cross, through its strong network of volunteers, donors and partners, is always there in times of need. We aspire to turn compassion into action so that...

...all people affected by disaster across the country and around the world receive care, shelter and hope;

...our communities are ready and prepared for disasters;

...everyone in our country has access to safe, lifesaving blood and blood products;

...all members of our armed services and their families find support and comfort whenever needed; and an emergency, there are always trained individuals nearby, ready to use their Red Cross skills to save lives.
Fundamental Principles of the Global Red Cross Network

The Red Cross, born of a desire to bring assistance without discrimination to the wounded on the battlefield, endeavors—in its international and national capacity—to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found. Its purpose is to protect life and health and to ensure respect for the human being. It promotes mutual understanding, friendship, cooperation and lasting peace amongst all peoples.

It makes no discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. It endeavors to relieve the suffering of individuals, being guided solely by their needs, and to give priority to the most urgent cases of distress.

In order to continue to enjoy the confidence of all, the Red Cross may not take sides in hostilities or engage at any time in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature.

The Red Cross is independent. The national societies, while auxiliaries in the humanitarian services of their governments and subject to the laws of their respective countries, must always maintain their autonomy so that they may be able at all times to act in accordance with Red Cross principles.

Voluntary Service
The Red Cross is a voluntary relief movement not prompted in any manner by desire for gain.

There can be only one Red Cross society in any one country. It must be open to all. It must carry on its humanitarian work throughout its territory.

The Red Cross is a worldwide institution in which all societies have equal status and share equal responsibilities and duties in helping each other.

Source: Saipan Tribune