If I were to venture a guess, most continuing education (CE) is likely to be in written form and live didactic presentations.
The CE system creates a clear structure and these two mediums are at the forefront of our education.
However, there are a few other formats. For pharmacists, there are application and practice based courses, which are more hands on and interactive. A practice based CE is typically at least 15 hours and often referred to as a certificate program.
But wait – there’s more! You can also find home studies, which could be written, audio, or voice over powerpoint presentations. Under home study, you can also find podcasts.
The tricky part is that when you ask your audience which of these they prefer, you’ll get a wide range of responses. Some of these are mandatory and people will say they want to do them, despite the fact that they aren’t excited about it and would enjoy another way to do it.
As educators, it is important to know which medium to use for what type of course you are teaching. Some are better written or listening on your own schedule, while some would be better seeing visually and working through case studies with your peers. When in doubt – ask them!
Either way, a good mix of courses will provide learners to enjoy the type of learning they are looking for.
What type of education does your audience prefer? Please let me know in the comments.