Exciting developments are afoot for the Seamen’s Church Institute’s (SCI) Center for Maritime Education (CME). In October 2016, SCI’s Executive Director and President, the Rev. David M. Rider, signed a contract with Consolidated Digital Publishing (CDP) allowing SCI to bring its online Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) program, also known as e-Learning, in-house for the first time.
Beginning Nov. 1, Lisa Nally joins SCI staff as an eLearning developer. Lisa comes to SCI having held a similar role at Kirby Inland Marine, and most recently at CDP. She is continuing work on her Master’s degree in Digital Media Studies.
Nine barge companies—both large and small—currently train with SCI’s HSE program, bringing the online enrollment to over 1,800 mariners. The program is a natural complement to SCI’s mission to offer professional development to America’s merchant mariners, and consequently comes with the high standards and reputation earned by SCI’s maritime education program which has been running since 1899.
With the new program, students can train anytime, anywhere—whether aboard a vessel or ashore at home. A minimal fee per user grants unlimited access for one year to our complete library of HSE courses; free technical support and administrative training is also offered. The courses are PowerPoint-based, concise and informative. Mariners can easily navigate the professionally-narrated modules which CME has designed for low bandwidth usage, saving on costly Internet data plans. CME courses cover the gamut of the AWO-RCP and Subchapter M requirements, and we have several modules in production including “Safe Skiff-Handling,” and “Towboating 101”.
At the end of each module, learners undertake an assessment and—upon successful fulfillment of the requirements—receive a certificate of completion. Managers can access users’ reports through a fully customizable Learning Management System (LMS). With SCI’s LMS, companies may also upload their own policies and documents linked to the courses.
Companies who already own an LMS can purchase content from SCI which CME staff can format for use on other systems. The content is easily customizable for individual companies, providing a rich learning experience for the mariner who “works with” his or her own company’s vessels and colleagues during training.