E-learning and tech-supported practical exercises at Bolzano meeting

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Last weekend, from 12-14 May, the project group of the DIGIFIRSTAID project met in Bolzano, Italy. The meeting was hosted by the White Cross (WK) who presented their current practices in using digital teaching elements in first aid education.

View of the members of the project group sitting in a U-shaped table and chair configuration during a presentation, view from the presentation screen.

The centrepiece of their current digital learning concept in first aid for the general populace is integration of the European Resuscitation Council’s (ERC) COSY e-learning platform. It offers a substantial part of the theoretical knowledge for such courses, is available for use for all ERC certified training providers and technical as well as content maintenance is done by the ERC. WK uses the platform as a complementary educational offer, as the theoretical part is still included in the on-site course, albeit it opens some flexibility to focus on more intensive practical training if participants did the theoretical preparation and thus only need a short repetition or some questions answered.

Three people in the foreground, back to the camera, are performing CPR on exercise mannequins. In the background, a screen can be seen with differently colored illustrations of ambulances with different amounts of progress in crossing the screen left to right. Several other people stand on the sidelines and look on.
“CPR Race” – A digital game measuring CPR exercise performance

This e-learning offer is complemented by a public first aid website that is part campaign to encourage first aid training and part glossary for past course participants to revisit what they’ve learned.
WK also makes use of digital gamification in training exercises where it is possible – such as during youth or public outreach events. The participants in the project meeting could try their hand at a “CPR Race”, where ambulances on screen move forward as long as the depth and frequency of chest compressions on the mannequin are correct.

An internal e-learning platform for WK’s volunteers, with coursework beyond first aid, also exists and was intensively used during the pandemic – for example to teach people how to conduct tests.
In collaboration with the EURAC research institute, WK is also part of a project called the TerraXCube, which is a high tech environment simulator that can be used to train paramedics in high-altitude rescue in adverse weather conditions.

In its next steps, the DIGIFIRSTAID project will soon provide further practice reports with more details on the presented practices and approaches and partners will also document the discussion results by documenting the lessons learned for their respective organisation.

Group picture of the project group on a balcony, a mountainous vista in the background.