By: Amanda Davis
NCACPA has grown its Online Learning presence over 200% since the program’s start in 2008. Our goal is always to develop a comprehensive schedule of online learning programs that spans across all member disciplines and specialties. Our process and platform have also changed dramatically since the introduction of the product—it is such a fast, convenient and “on your own time” approach to CPE.
You may have noticed while attending an in-person event there was a crew present in your classroom. NCACPA makes selections from our in-person offerings to build upon our webcast catalog. Our webinar catalog is cultivated a bit differently; by engaging our local subject matter experts, we try to use this event type for shorter topic bits or to get important hot topics to the membership faster.
Let’s describe how each delivery type works … During a Webcast the attendee will see a video feed of a presenter and hear the audio through the computer speakers; the presenters’ PowerPoint slides, if available, are also visible. During a Webinar the viewer will hear the audio through the computer speakers and the presenter’s PowerPoint slides, if available, are also visible. Both Webcasts and Webinars are only made available as live group study, which means the program is scheduled at a specific date and time where the instructor is available to answer viewer questions. They also are similar as they use webcodes as the testing mechanism. A prescribed number of webcodes are displayed during each CPE hour. The viewer must collect all webcodes to receive CPE credit.
Self-Study programming is a different story all together! This program type will be downloadable as a PDF or will be viewable online with interval quizzing and a final exam. Self-Study is a very convenient way to meet the annual CPE requirements because of the ability to start and stop a program as needed. This Fall, NCACPA will be launching a NEW product line, OnDemand—a combination of Self-Study and Webcasts/Webinars. Participants can view select Webcast and Webinars, complete interval quizzing and the final exam, and receive CPE credit on their own timeline. With both Self-Study and OnDemand the attendee must have a passing grade of 70% on the final exam in order to receive CPE credit.
We know there is a lot of competition out there, and we hope you give NCACPA’s Online Learning programming a try! If you have questions, please contact Amanda Davis at (919) 469-1040, ext. 140 or [email protected].
Amanda plans all Online Learning and assists in planning a portion of the 500+ seminars NCACPA offers each year. As a native Wilmingtonian and a proud graduate of UNC Wilmington, she misses the beach and historical downtown areas of Wilmington.