The Webinar Network Project
Webinars, Lectures and Courses
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Every year, residencies, ophthalmic societies and eye hospitals around the world prepare and deliver lectures and other teaching and learning interventions to their residents. This is repeated year after year as new residents come in.
When looked at it from an efficiency point of view we can see that hundreds of the same lectures on the same topics are prepared and delivered by hundreds of teachers to, sometimes, very small groups of learners. More efficiency could be reached if each teacher could reach more learners.
At the same time, when looked from an effectiveness point of view, in many places some topics are not taught at the highest level (or not taught at all), because not all places have high level specialists in all ophthalmology subspecialties. More efficacy could be attained if learners at places where a subspecialty is not well developed could attend teaching interventions from places with high level sub-specialists.
Until recently, being more efficient and effective could not be considered because all teaching was delivered face to face on site , and gaining efficiency or effectiveness would imply moving learners to attend lectures at other locations.
Today things have changed. Technology is providing us with synchronous, multimedia, interactive, low cost tools that can bring down the geographic barriers that have not allowed us become more effective and efficient.
These tools not only bring down the geographic barriers but allow to add features related to interactivity and collaborative learning activities that cannot be attained with the traditional classroom tools (blackboards, paper, pencils, PowerPoint presentations and projectors).
Ophthalmology supranational organizations can contribute to efficiency and effectiveness in several ways:
All brainstorming and planning for moving ahead with this project will take place on a Special Interest Group area, developed online for this purpose in the ICO´s Center for Ophthalmic Educators to discuss the project with other regions of the world. Probably we will set up “chapters” by country and region.
Individuals, residency programs and ophthalmology societies are invited to join the Special Interest Group to help reach the proposed objectives.
At this time we are using “Adobe Connect” webinar software provided by the International Council of Ophthalmology. Institutions that already have their own software may use it as well.
Suggested guidelines for webinars and recorded lectures:
These are suggested guidelines for those who want to start from scratch. Other modalities are welcome to be included in the network
5. Once finished the case, present a short interactive lecture that will complete attaining the learning objectives you chose.
6. Have "performance support documents" for your attendants to download and keep. Some examples are:
7. Do not limit your presentations to medical knowledge. Try to include other concepts related to the rest of the competencies residents must achieve
8. The complete activity should take no more time than an hour, so plan to present your case and lecture on no more than 40 minutes. The rest of the hour must be kept for delays on starting, questions and answers at the end, or other unexpected delays.
9. If you feel you need more than this time to reach the objectives, split and cover your objectives in 2 or more webinars or lectures..
10. Have your presentation ready to present and test with the webinar coordinator 36 to 48 hs. previous to the webinar delivery.
1. The introductory case helps to
2. Making your lecture on the topic interactive helps to
3. Making the teaching intervention short helps to:
4. Giving out "work documents" (depending on which) may help to
5. Preparing and rehearsing with the webinar coordinator will help you make sure everything works and that you are comfortable with the presentation controls.
As we can imagine, activities planned for residents or practicing ophthalmologists must match their schedules. Usually these activities are planned early in their mornings or late in the evening. Having learners spread across all time zones, only those in close time zones will probably be able to coordinate attending the same webinar.
For those interested in attending a webinar that does not match their time table, webinars can be recorded and watched asynchronously. Even though they will not have the same interactivity as when going live, depending on budget, asynchronous interactivity can also be added.
The ICO, PAAO, and other international ophthalmic organizations will provide help for complying with multimedia presentation principles and ACCME online teaching interventions recommendations.
If you are interested in getting assistance in sharing your teaching interventions through webinars please contact:
(If your organization's name is missing please contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
International Council of Ophthalmology
Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology
Middle East Africa Council of Ophthalmology
Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology
All India Ophthalmological Society
Consejo Argentino de Oftalmología
Conselho Brasileiro de Oftalmologia
Sociedad Argentina de Oftalmología
Sociedade Portuguesa de Oftalmologia
Sociedad Ecuatoriana de Oftalmología
Hospital Eye Departments and Eye Centers
Hospital de Clínicas de Buenos Aires
Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires
Universidad Austral, Buenos Aires
Clinica Oftalmologica del Caribe
LV Prasad Eye Institute
Dr. Eduardo Mayorga
Director for E-learning Pan American Association of Ophthalmology
Director for E-learning International Council of Ophthalmology