Online Learning has a number of important advantages - especially for Certification:
- Online Learning ensures a certain level of standardization of content and ways of teaching when everyone takes the same class and learns the same content. It also reduces the cost of traveling and can thus serve a larger amount of people simultaneously.
- This Learning Management System (LMS) supports asynchronous learning (not "live"), which means learning at your leisure and at any time and anywhere you want. You only need a stable internet connection and the device of your choice.
- It is flexible and adjustable to personal needs in regards to learning pace and style. You can always revisit a lesson and take the time you need to really understand the content or take notes.
- Due to modularization and so called “nugget-size learning”, the content is easy to digest and learning can fit in a personal schedule more easily. You can pick up anywhere you left off.
- Multiple choice questions give immediate feedback inside the lessons, while reflective questions and scenario exercises are engaging and help you to think outside the box.
It is important for us to create a good structure and to help foster new learning habits. We want to facilitate an environment where learners do not get lost online, but where they can keep the overview, especially when content is available anytime and anywhere.
This is why the Certification curriculum is structured in the following way:
- Risk Management Education for Officials: this is the course you'll have to pay for and you start your online learning path with. After you went through all the units, you have successfully passed this class.
- Rules Education for Officials: You can only access the Rules class once you finished the Risk Management class. However, this class is for free since you've already paid for Risk Management. You will find the class in your course catalogue.
- Next up are the staggered releases of the basic (and later advanced) position-specific Officiating Education classes, you'll only be able to access after finishing Rules and Risk Management.
- Finally there is the opening of the “Basic Flat Track Roller Derby Rules and Procedures Test”. There is no prerequisite for these tests, you can take it anytime once it is released. If you fail the test, you can take it again 30 days after the original test date. There is a separate Rules and Procedures test for both Referees and for NSOs. If you wish to take both, you are free to do so.
For more information see the Roller Derby Certification Program for Officials Learning Guide!