Transitioning to an Online-Learning Format

Online Learning
Recently, organizations have been exploring new ways to engage with their audiences. With the increased interest in providing learning options through an online format, CPD has produced a new Quick Tip to guide you in developing and transitioning programs and conferences to be web-based. Three accredited online learning formats to consider include: Synchronous Online Group Learning, Online Self-Learning, and Asynchronous E-Learning. Each of these methods ensures content delivery and engagement amongst participants. In order to receive accreditation approval, a number of requirements must be met including a minimum of 25% interactivity, and participation verification. There are several free and cost-based online tools offered for program delivery, with many giving the option to encourage interactivity with embedded group chat and poll functionality. Some of the proposed tools include: Zoom, Skype, Adobe Connect, Screencast-o-matic, Quercus, GSuite Products, and Ontario Telemedicine Network. You may want to include other interactive elements in addition to the above methods. For groups of 12 and under, simple approaches are recommended to encourage engagement within the group. Twitter, Slido, Poll Everywhere, Kahoot!, and Mentimeter are all supplementary online platforms that can help add an active learning element such as polling, Q&A, and discussions. To learn more about how you can incorporate these formats into your future CPD activities, reach out to CPD’s Education Consultants at quicktips@utoronto.ca. This Quick Tip is part of CPD’s Quick Tips for program design series. Visit our Quick Tips and Resources webpage to review all of the tips to help you create your best program.