Education on Demand: a new look and next-level learning
Education on Demand, the ESR’s e-Learning platform, was relaunched in late 2019 after being offline for most of the year due to a change of software provider. The long-awaited relaunch brought a new, user-friendly experience with an abundance of fascinating courses and educational material.
With the involvement of all members of the ESR’s e-Learning Subcommittee, under the leadership of the chair, Dr. Sue Barter, the platform’s contents were not only transferred from the previous website to the new one, but also thoroughly re-reviewed and split into smaller and easier-to-digest units for better usability and to comply with the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) accreditation criteria for e-learning material.
Two branches to choose from … and more to come
Education on Demand now offers a two-branch system, consisting of a free, introductory version, which is comprised of around 30 carefully selected courses that rotate regularly, and a ‘Premium’ branch, containing over 300 courses. Whilst the free version is already appealing, what it offers is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the content that learners have access to when subscribing to Education on Demand Premium.
Through the Premium branch, users are able to earn UEMS-accredited Continuing Medical Education points (e-CMEs); in total, a Premium subscriber can currently earn over 400 e-CMEs, with even more opportunities to be added over time. Subscribers can access Education on Demand Premium through a one-year subscription, valid for 365 days from the day of purchase. The fee is €49 for ESR members, and €99 for non-members.
As demand increases, we are planning to expand Education on Demand’s course offering in order to cater to niche groups, including radiographers and individuals preparing for the European Diploma in Radiology (EDiR).
New benefits for learners
What will immediately catch the learner’s eye is the great usability and customisability of the new platform. The ‘Home’ section is the central place where learners are able to see all of the courses they have assigned to themselves from the huge number available in the ‘Course Catalogue’. Furthermore, the ‘Home’ section shows the progress made in each course, as well as a simple-to-read display at the top of the page, providing a summary of courses in progress, total training time, and certifications earned (see image).
In the ‘Course Catalogue’, courses follow an easily understandable display scheme with topics identified by their own symbol and course types with their own colour. For example, European School of Radiology (ESOR) courses appear in red, self-assessments in light green, and video-based courses in blue. In addition, all courses are indexed according to the ESR European Training Curriculum’s (ETC) sixteen topics and three training levels, which can be used as search filters.
In addition, the updated platform has been created with a more playful approach to learning, including a gamification system. Users can have fun earning badges through various activities such as logging onto the platform and completing courses. Moreover, users can ‘compete’ with one another for a top spot on the leader board; the more courses a user completes, the higher they will climb up the leader board ladder. And finally, logging in to Education on Demand Premium is now possible via the ESR myUserArea; no additional account creation is required.
Enhancing your experience with quality assurance
One of the greatest achievements of the new Education on Demand platform is the high quality of the course offering. This has been realised through the hard work and dedication of the various topic groups of the e-Learning Subcommittee. These topic groups were able to curate the course curriculum through careful review of available materials, which is done continuously, in order to make sure that users have access to the most up-to-date information and learning materials.
Each topic group consists of three integral roles: the Curriculum Lead, the Content Lead, and the Review Lead. Together, these three individuals are in charge of developing and updating the course catalogue through their defined responsibilities. One additional and important undertaking when curating educational material for the Education on Demand platform is to fill any gaps that may appear in the learning materials, making sure users have a complete and well-rounded course catalogue from which to learn. The resources used to fill these gaps and create the courses include ECR lectures, ESOR lectures, and literature-based materials.
Accreditation of materials
The whole platform, and therefore all educational materials offered on Education on Demand Premium, is accredited by the UEMS. The countries currently accepting these credits are Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. Upon completion of a course, users are able to easily download a CME certificate for their records.
The relaunched platform offers users an incredible opportunity to enhance their knowledge and earn e-CMEs, saving them time and money by allowing them to do so from the comfort of their home or office. Make sure to check out the new Education on Demand.
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