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CPD Tip of the Month Archive

Written for CPD providers by CPD providers, the CPD Provider Tip of the Month will be featured in our Tools and Resources website.

July 2020

Strategies to increase learners engagement in online CPD activities

Brought to you by the Canadian Association of Pathologists and the Canadian Association of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

  • FOCUS on 2-3 of synchronous (annotation tools, online meetings, breakout rooms, whiteboards, self-directed study groups, flipped classroom, raise hand) or asynchronous (twitter, Facebook, TikTok, discussion boards (slack), sending a letter...) interactive features. Encourage frequent interactivity. Ask learners to recall information while maintaining a collegial environment.
  • Expect that glitches WILL happen - have a low tech back up plan, and PRACTICE with others. (bandwidth, connectivity, ever changing software, user comfort and hardware, etc.). Co-facilitate, use 2 computers so see what the participant sees.
  • Be EXPLICIT about NETIQUETTE (the correct or acceptable way of communicating on the Internet) and get commitment. When speaking, esp. if no video, be sure to start with "Heather here...", ALWAYS use headphones (sound quality, echo, glitches), always indicate if you've stepped away (chat or participant pod/coffee cup), prepare to learn together (avoid the urge to click/draw/ or play whack-a-mole unless we all are)
  • REVIEW the speaker slides in advance; not too wordy, contain photos/videos; match the amount of allotted time (100 slides will not fit into a 30 minute presentation!). ALWAYS have a designated Host to manage the Chat and Q&A for the Speaker. MODERATE effectively to ensure that the speaker(s) have sufficient time for Q&A. Hold Q&A to the end to avoid interrupting the flow – this could throw off the speaker and risk going over. Most IMPORTANTLY - end on time.

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