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Cuckoo Training: Frequently Asked Questions

Who can take part/register?

Anyone who currently offers vacation packages to SouthWest Germany, or who aims to package and sell vacations to the region in the future. We are keen to have front line staff, as well as product planners and managers, to complete the training. Although Cuckoo Training is aimed at you, the individual, we know that this training tool also works very well for businesses wishing to expand their appreciation and knowledge of SouthWest Germany.

How do I get started or register for the Cuckoo Training?

Simply go to the registration tab in the top right corner of the page and click on "Register".

How long do I have to study?

Because Cuckoo Training is available 24/7, this versatile program gives you total flexibility. You can learn when you want and where you want, and are free to set your own pace.

Is it just about learning hard facts?

No! We have integrated an array of photos, information, and activities that provide extra insight into the region. In addition to giving you the inside scoop on the main cities, museums, scenic drives and shopping destinations, you will discover fun facts such as where to see the world's very first gas station or how to bake a traditional Black Forest Cake.

How does the training work?

The system is very straightforward. The information is broken down into 5 courses, each concentrating on a specific theme or subject. The courses are then broken down into chapters and sections. In all courses, you will find various photo galleries (simply click on a picture to enjoy an enlarged view). We have also included various soundbites and activities in the texts. Soundbites are marked with a small speaker symbol – simply click on these to learn how various German words are properly pronounced! Activities are marked with an animated arrow symbol – simply click on these and complete the activities to solidify what you are learning. Work your way through the courses and, once you're ready, take the test!

How do the learning activities work?

We have included various learning activities, from multiple choice and memory games to crossword puzzles and drag-and-drop questions. The goal here is to solidify what you are learning or, in some cases, to learn by doing! Here are a few general tips:

Multiple choice: Simply choose your answer(s) from the available options. Should you be wrong, keep trying until you've found the right answer.

Memory game: Simply flip over the cards and match the texts to the photographs. You can flip them as often as necessary until all answers are correct. If a match is correct, the card will remain flipped and the color will fade slightly. Every time you reload the activity, the cards will be automatically shuffled.

Drag-and-drop: Both, pictures and text boxes can be moved around on the screen. The location of each item is randomly generated, meaning items may appear overlapped - simply move items around until you have a good view of them all. To pair two items together, simply drag and drop one over the other until they are connected with a string. You can separate items by clicking on them again. As with all activities, you can keep trying until the answer is correct.

Pins on a map: Simply click on the various pins and select the corresponding photograph. Should your answer be incorrect, simply click on the pins again and rearrange your answers.

Crossword puzzle: Simply click on the row and column numbers to view the hints and enter your answers. You can change your answers by clicking on the row or column number again and retyping your answer. Try as many times as necessary until all answers are correct.

Fill-in-the-blank: Simply select your answers from the drop-down menus. You can change your answers until you've found the correct solution.

What about the test?

You can only take the test after you've registered. When you register, it is important that you use a personal email address (not a general company email address). Once you have finished a course, take the course test (10 questions). There is no time limit on each test. A score of 80% or higher is needed to pass each course.

And, after I have taken the test?

Your test results will immediately appear on the screen. If at first you don't succeed, you are allowed to try, try, and try again...but be warned. The second time around the questions will not all be the same!

How do I know which test I have already completed successfully?

If you're logged in, you can check your learning progress by clicking on the "learning progress" tab in the top left corner of the page. Successfully completed tests are marked in green.

And, when I have passed all 5 tests?

You will receive a personalized SouthWest Germany Specialist Certificate via email within three business days.

Personal Details

Why do you require my contact details?

We need your contact details in order to send you your test results, and for the purpose of statistical analysis and business reporting by the Baden-Württemberg State Tourist Board.

Will my contact details be used for any other purpose?

No. Your contact details will not be used for any other purpose or disclosed to any third parties without your consent.

My contact details have changed. How do I update them?

Simply log in and change your contact details by clicking on the "Personal Data" tab in the Cuckoo Training Test Center. 

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