ARRL

Emergency Communications Hybrid Classes

Hybrid Emergency Communication Course EC-001

 The Hybrid class is conducted using a combination of classroom instruction and online instruction. Instruction and instructional student activities are managed by the loca ARRL CEP Mentor. The student is registered in the online course and has access to the online course throughout the instruction period. Students take the final assessment online, eliminating the need for exam sessions and related paper-based documentation. Students without computers can often obtain Internet access at a local library to take the final exam.  

The Hybrid format gives instructors/mentors the opportunity to introduce information that is relevant to the local community. In the classroom, hybrid mentor/instructors should explain how the content of the course fits with the kinds of emergency responses you might be called upon to engage in your local community. Instructors should familiarize the students with the emergency responders in your community, include practice activities to illustrat the course content and adapt the activities to your local situation to make them as practical and relevent as possible.

The purpose of the instruction is to assure that students comprehend the lesson material which has been to provide a common foundation of knowledge for effective participation in an emergency response. The objective is for students to gain practical knowledge as well as hands-on experience, essential - and crucial - to being prepared for local activation.    

 

FAQ

  • How does a "Hybrid" class compare with a "traditional" classroom class?

     

    The "traditional" classroom course is one where all students and instructors meet at a specific location at appointed times to receive in-person training. Students are then required to attend a locally-administered field exam to take the final exam.

    With the "Hybrid" class, students will receive instruction via a combination of on-line and in-person classroom instruction with a local Mentor/Instructor. Students are also enrolled in the ARRL on-line course and will take the final exam on-line.

     

  • What schedule do I follow to offer a Hybrid class?

    As a Hybrid class instructor you may establish the schedule for the course.  Since your students will have access to the on-line course, you will need to establish the dates of access you would like your students to have (usually an 9-week time period) and notify our Continuing Education Program Administrator at cep@arrl.org of your class schedule. You will collect the fees and send the course roster so we can set the students up with access to the on-line course during the desired time period. 

    The instructor determines the start and end date of the course for access to the on-line course, as well as the agenda for class instruction. The instructor determines the classroom meeting dates and curriculum to coordinate with access to the on-line course.

    There is no need to schedule an exam session–which requires exam materials be sent back and forth in the mail--because your students will take the final exam on-line using the standard examination generating and grading software included in the on-line course.

  • What is the CEP registration process?

     

    The Mentor/Instructor controls all registrations locally. Students are enrolled all at one time by collecting checks from each student and  submitting a registration roster along with the course fees to ARRL Continuing Education Program.  

    Our office will need to receive the roster at least 2 weeks prior to the start of the class to have time to enroll students in the on-line course system.

     

     

  • How do we handle the course books for our Hybrid class students?

     

    All of the course content is available to your students in the on-line course, but you may order printed course books online or by phone with a credit card (1-888-277-5289).  If you are a registered Field Instructor you are eligible to receive an instructor discount of 25%.

    To eliminate instructor handling, students may order their own books. In that case, no discount would apply.

  • How do I register my Hybrid class?

     

    Download and complete the Hybrid Class Registration Roster HERE

    Follow the instructions to gather the information and fees from your students and send everything to ARRL as instructed.  Please remember - we must receive the Hybrid class roster at least 2 weeks before the class is to start.

  • I want to become an ARRL authorized Mentor/Instructor so I can offer a local Hybrid class. What do I need to do now?

    You must apply and meet certain requirements.   Please review the requirements and responsibilities at www.arrl.org/mentoring-online-courses. Then request a Mentor Familiarization packet from us and complete the training. Our Mentor Coordinator will oversee your training and notify us when you have been qualified as a Mentor.

  • I'm preparing a Hybrid class for my area and want to include more information about ARES-related activities specific to my area. What flexibility do I have with the Student Activities in the course?

     

    The course material and related Student Activities have been gathered and produced by Emergency Communications experts all over the country. They've been developed in a generic format as a baseline for general widespread use. We hope that classroom instructors will explain how the content of the course fits with the kinds of emergency responses you might be called upon to engage in your local community. We hope that you would familiarize the students with the emergency responders in your community, that you will include practice activities, to teach the course content and adapted to your local situation to make them as practical and relevant as possible. The objective is that students comprehend the lesson material and gain practical knowledge as well as hands-on experience, essential—and crucial—to being prepared for local activation.