September 2012 Release

Posted On: 9/8/2012

This month's release includes some substantial content updates, and a few feature updates. Below is summary of the updates.

Content Updates

  • New Unit - We've released the second unit in the "Professionalism" module called "Teamwork." This unit focuses on the importance of the team in the workplace. Students will learn about teamwork and the different roles a worker can have within a team. The unit also discusses leadership, describing the traits that make a good leader.
  • New Lessons – New communication exercises have been added to the "Office Environment" (MOA template) and "Medical - EMT" modules. These exercises have students observe a scenario involving communication between health care workers/patients. After view two possible scenario endings, students answer questions to check their understanding of the interactions.
  • Updated "CPR Methods" module - The module was updated to bring it more in-line with the AHA guidelines. Student work/grades are not affected by the update. However, students may notice some content changes. See below for more details on the updates.
  • Updated Support area - Instructional videos have been added to the Support area at

Feature Updates

  • Update to inviting new instructors - Previously, only Site Administrators could invite new instructors. This feature is now available to all instructors, not just Site Administrators.
  • Update to Instructor's Home Page - AES blog and social media links where added to the Instructor’s Home page (see image.) This allows for easy access to some helpful user information and tips.

Updated "CPR Methods" Module

The "CPR Methods" module (HCF template) was updated to bring it more in-line with the AHA guidelines. The following updates were made:

  • The adult “Chain of Survival” had four links. This was updated to five links as mentioned in the AHA Guidelines. These links are:
    1. Recognition of cardiac arrest and activation of EMS system
    2. Early CPR
    3. Rapid defibrillation
    4. Advanced Life Support
    5. Post-cardiac arrest care
  • The adult “Chain of Survival” and Basic Life Support (BLS) were discussed in separate lessons. These topics where moved to the same lesson to provide students with a more cohesive discussion.
  • When discussing the “basic steps of CPR”, defibrillation was included in the CPR “CAB” steps. This was updated so that the “basic steps of CPR” only include the CAB steps. Defibrillation is a separate step in the BLS.
  • Several images showed a person incorrectly checking the carotid pulse by reaching around the neck. These images were updated to show the correct positioning.
  • Images and definitions mentioned that the brachial pulse for an infant should be taken on the medial side of the elbow cavity. This location is more often associated with taking the brachial pulse for an adult/child. The images and definitions were updated to show the correct position for taking an infant brachial pulse between the arm-pit/shoulder and elbow.
  • The curriculum mentioned research showing back blows are an effective step when responding to adult/child airway obstructions. However, since back blows are not part of the AHA guidelines these references were removed.