The benefits of online cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training: A modern solution

According to the study: Zhang, D. & coll. 2004. "Can e-learning replace classroom learning?". Communications of the ACM. Vol. 47, no. 5, 75-79.

In the context of a constantly evolving knowledge economy, education has undergone a radical transformation. Technological advances and the growing need to acquire knowledge quickly and efficiently have paved the way for the development of new, innovative learning methods. This phenomenon has led to the evolution of Internet-based teaching.

Online training, also known as e-learning, has emerged as an effective solution to these ever-changing needs. In this article, we will explore the benefits of e-learning according to the study by Zhang, D. & al. We will therefore highlight how the approach presented in this study underscores the relevance and value of the learning formula offered to clients of Académie Saint-Bernard.

The transition to e-learning

This transition was prompted by the growing demand for flexible, personalized and accessible training. Of course, as with any transition, there may be some misgivings about the value of learning acquired online compared to traditional methods. However, thanks to research such as that by Zhang, D. & al. the benefits of e-learning are becoming increasingly evident, and perceptions of this method of education are evolving positively. E-learning is gradually becoming an undeniable alternative to traditional learning.

Study summary

This study by researchers at the University of Maryland and the University of Arizona focuses on the evaluation of e-learning as an alternative to traditional classroom learning. To this end, the authors have developed a virtual mentor system called Learn By Asking (LBA). This e-learning environment features synchronized multimedia materials and is composed of two subsystems: (1) Questions to Ask and (2) Interactive Electronic Classroom. Learning therefore takes place through real-time question-answer interaction between learners and the LBA. To evaluate the effectiveness of their virtual learning system, they carried out two studies with students at the University of Arizona. In each study, students were randomly assigned to two groups: (1) a traditional classroom (2) an interactive online classroom with the LBA system. The researchers assessed learning of the concepts taught by administering a pre- and post-course material exam, and appreciation of the teaching method using a satisfaction questionnaire.

Key results of the study

When assessing retention of the information taught, the average marks of students who took their course using the LBA system were 10.9% higher in the first study and 21% higher in the second. According to the authors, these results can be justified by the individual nature of the online formula. In other words, as in a traditional course, if a student's understanding of certain concepts is less clear, the online format allows him or her to ask questions without embarrassment, and to revisit specific notions at will. The authors do, however, point out some nuances to consider. The success of online learning can vary according to a number of factors, including the learning context, the characteristics of the virtual platform and the learning preferences of each individual student. Finally, the authors assert that e-learning can be a promising alternative or a relevant complement to traditional learning.

The benefits of e-learning according to Zhang, D. & al.

Personalized flexibility

One of the main advantages of e-learning is its flexibility. Unlike classroom learning, e-learning allows learners to follow their own pace. Learners can choose when and where they want to study, which is perfect for people with busy schedules.


Online training eliminates geographical barriers. Learners from all over the world have access to the same educational resources, enabling knowledge to be disseminated more widely.


Advanced e-learning systems incorporate interactive elements that encourage learner engagement. For example, the ability to ask questions in real time and get immediate answers offers an unrivalled level of interactivity.

Autonomous learning

E-learning encourages learners to take charge of their own learning. This means they can choose the learning methods that suit them best, reinforcing their responsibility in the process.


E-learning systems can track each learner's progress and provide personalized learning suggestions. This ensures that each individual receives training tailored to his or her specific needs.

Parallels with services offered by Académie Saint-Bernard

For customers of the Académie Saint-Bernard, this study provides important insights. If you're considering CPR training, e-learning may be an option to seriously consider. Not only does it offer unrivalled flexibility, but it can also enhance your understanding of CPR through interactive elements such as videos, slides and lecture notes.

Online training can be an effective alternative to traditional classroom training. It allows you to follow your own pace, ask questions in real time, and personalize your learning experience. The study presented demonstrates that e-learning can deliver positive results, making it a promising solution for those seeking to acquire new skills.

In conclusion

E-learning is constantly evolving and offers many advantages. Académie Saint-Bernard customers have the opportunity to take advantage of these benefits to enhance their CPR training. E-learning is a powerful tool that can help you acquire the skills you need in an efficient and flexible way.


Written by Alexandre Grenier, Founder of Académie Saint-Bernard, and Emilie Bedard, Communications Manager