Many hospitals, mine included, use ECCO as an educational tool when orienting nurses to critical care areas. Lately, it seems like we have nothing but issues. The test questions are unclear, the servers are often down, progress is not saved, inadequate or inaccurate information is presented, not enough feedback on incorrect test answers, grammar
issues on the slides, to name a few.
I found out that my employer pays several hundred dollars per employee to have access to this course. ECCO is endorsed by the AACN, which is obviously important, but do they have the monopoly on this?
I know some hospitals have actual in person critical care classes, but that can't possibly be more cost-effective than an online class, so I'm going to exclude that from this discussion.
Are there other similar courses? Is ECCO the best or just the best-funded? Are there statistics out there about how much people learn completing ECCO modules vs. other teaching modalities? I know it's touted as being just as good educationally as other means, but is that just advertising or is there actual data involved?
Basically I think it would be a cool side project to collect data on the topic, and to understand more about what aspects are helpful. It seems that in my experience, ECCO frustrates nurses to the point of cheating on tests they can't pass, and then they're taking the course to pass a test, not to understand content. There has to be a better way to deliver the didactic information. What do you guys think about it?