ASHRAE and Elsevier Launch New eLearning System

Jan 26, 2006

A new eLearning system is being launched by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and Elsevier.

The system provides complete learning experiences that focus on learning-by-doing that can be taken at any time and at the learner’s own pace. It offers online instruction with interactive exercises and problem-solving demonstrations supplemented by authoritative course readers in eBook and printed formats.

The launch was announced at ASHRAE’s 2006 Winter Meeting held in Chicago from Jan. 21-25.

The system also offers integrated assessment, skills tracking for earning CEU/PDH credits and online registration and retrieval of certificates of course completion.

The first course Fundamentals of HVAC Systems will be available April 3.  The course will be supported by Learning Bursts, in-depth scenario-based training and simulation exercises with a heavy focus on applicability.  Learning Bursts allow learners to apply the information presented and practice extensively without making costly mistakes in the real world.

“ASHRAE eLearning Systems from the ASHRAE Learning Institute offer a flexible, skills-focused, approach that meet today’s learning needs,” said Gordon V.R. Holness, PE, chairman emeritus, Albert Kahn Associates, Inc. Architects and Engineers.  “These learning on-demand programs are backed up with authoritative references from the ASHRAE Learning Institute, providing the ‘real-world’ training experience that employers are seeking.”

“We believe the ASHRAE eLearning System will revolutionize HVAC&R professional development by allowing engineers to earn their CEU/PDH in an interactive online environment from their office or home without being burdened by the additional expense of accommodation and travel,” said Jim DeWolf, vice-president publishing with Elsevier.

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ASHRAE e-Learning Systems are the latest offering of the ASHRAE Learning Institute,, the arm of the Society that produces seminars, courses and other professional development tools to assist the HVAC&R industry in staying current with rapidly changing technology.

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is an international organization of 55,000 persons. Its sole objective is to advance through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve the evolving needs of the public.

Elsevier is a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. Elsevier’s 7,000 employees in 77 offices worldwide publish more than 2,000 journals and 1,900 new books per year, in addition to offering a suite of innovative electronic products, bibliographic databases, and online reference works.