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PADI eLearning

Summary of PADIs eLearning program
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Carolyn M

on 24 May 2013

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Why do students choose to learn to dive online? flexibility to complete the knowledge portion of the course at their own pace, anytime, anywhere
have up to one year to complete course
unrestricted access to online text and videos, just like owning a physical textbook and DVDs How does eLearning fit into Dive Training? What is PADI? Who uses PADI eLearning? Over 5000 learners use PADI eLearning each month
Courses are offered in many different languages.
For example, the most popular course, Open Water Certification, is offered in 9 languages and PADI plans to expand further Certification There is no certification based on the online portion alone
After students complete the program, their chosen dive center is notified.
Students can also print off a copy of their results.
For all courses, student must successfully complete practical training in the water with an instructor in order to be fully certified by PADI PADI has Flipped its dive training! Online Scuba Courses PADI eLearning PADI: Professional Association of Diving Instructors
The largest diver training organization in the world
Over 6000 Dive Centers in over 180 countries
More than 900,000 new certifications every year for the past 10 years (PADI, 2013) PADI Open Water Certification is the basic level of qualification to dive independently
It has 3 stages: Stage 1:
Knowledge
Development Stage 2:
Practical Skills in confined water Stage 3:
Practical Skills in
Open Water Online using
PADI eLearning In a classroom at a
local PADI Dive Center with a PADI instructor in pool or shallow water
at any PADI Dive Center in world with a PADI instructor in open water
at any PADI Dive Center in world (can be different than confined water) (PADI, 2008) (PADI eLearning, 2013) References Horn, M., & Staker, H. (2012). Classifying K-12 Blended Learning. Boston, MA: Innosight Institute. Retrieved from
http://www.innosightinstitute.org/innosight/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Classifying-K-12-blended-learning2.pdf
Knowledge Direct. (2008). PADI eLearning Portal for Diver Certification. Retrieved from
http://kdcms.knowledgedirectweb.com/content.cfm/Case-Studies/Associations/PADI-Divers-eLearning-Portal
Northwest Scuba. (2013). PADI Online Courses. Retrieved from
http://www.northwestscuba.com/courses/scuba_online_learning.php
PADI. (2008). Open Water Diver Manual: Introduction. California: PADI
PADI eLearning. (2013). PADI eLearning Courses. Retrieved from
https://www.padi.com/elearning-scuba-registration/default.asp
PADI. (2013). Why PADI? Retrieved from http://www.padi.com/scuba/about-padi/why-PADI/default.aspxPADI.
PADIProducer. (2011, August 21). PADI eLearning [Video file]. Retrieved from
http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Cj9VQ2X9OM&feature=youtu.be How do PADI and Dive Center owners benefit from eLearning? provides a convenient learning option for customers
generates revenue without:
the cost of paying instructors to teach classes
the hassle of managing inventory (books, DVDs, etc.) (Knowledge Direct, 2008) How is the material presented? Who developed PADI eLearning? (Knowledge Direct, 2008) (PADI eLearning, 2013) All photos used in this presentation are property of Carolyn Matthews. Graphics provided by Prezi. by Carolyn Matthews The existing material in PADI textbooks and videos was adapted for online learning by a private company, Digitec, using the Knowledge Direct Learning Management System (Knowledge Direct, 2008) There is no online instructor or facilitator
Online learning is designed to be done independently through interactive lessons that include text, graphics, video, and audio.
Quizzes at the end of each topic help students to track their own progress. (eLearning, 2013) (PADIProducer, 2011) What PADI eLearning looks like: What if students need help with the material? When students register for eLearning, they choose the PADI dive center where they plan to complete the confined dive training
Instructors at the dive center are able to track students' progress
Students can ask their dive center's instructors for help with the content as they work through the online material, by sending a message through the eLearning course or by contacting the dive center directly

For example, Northwest Scuba in Edmonton offers to "be available at any time if you have any questions or problems with the theoretical portions of the training.” (PADI eLearning, 2013) (Northwest Scuba, 2013) PADI certified divers receive a certification card and unique number that will be recognized by dive centers around the world. (PADI Elearning, 2013) Students must apply the theory in the water! completing the online portion ahead of time allows students to avoid wasting vacation time in a classroom! It is interesting to note that although it is marketed as online learning, since PADI courses also require face-to-face instruction, the courses are actually blended learning.
The courses fit the Flipped Classroom model of blended learning:
students learn knowledge-based content at their own pace
During face-to-face instruction, students practice and apply what they have learned (Horn & Staker, 2012)
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