October 18, 2011 — Life University (LIFE) has announced the debut of its online continuing education (CE) program. The program focuses on presenting chiropractic-based courses now, but in time will list courses that reflect the university’s broader academic curriculum. More than 20 courses are currently offered.
To help develop LIFE’s program, the university partnered with MyiCourse, an online learning platform and educational portal company owned by Steve Foreman, DC. Foreman, a 1981 graduate of LIFE, co-founded MyiCourse to develop online programs for chiropractors seeking remote access to CE.
He has made a career of chiropractic education since graduating from LIFE — first as a journal contributor and teacher, then as a publisher, lecturer, and provider of online education solutions — and was the clear choice when LIFE began to seek a partner for their online CE programming.
“For us to partner with Steve’s company makes a lot of sense,” says Greg Harris, vice president for university advancement at LIFE. “We know we’re getting a high-quality partner whose business and life philosophy align with the university’s. The program structure is already developed and proven effective, and that feeds directly into our goal to become a leader in online continuing education programming.”
MyiCourse’s software, available through Foreman’s company website at CEvantive.com, is based on a lecture format and employs some of the most sophisticated tools on the market for creating, delivering and administrating online educational content.
“It’s not just text, it’s not just video,” Foreman says. “It’s interactive from page to page. There is something on most pages — an image, an audio clip, notes and links to online articles — to keep the student engaged.” The software also allows administrators to measure and evaluate the student’s experience, from regulating how much time students must spend on each course page, to creating custom quizzes, to using webcam technology to photograph the student at the computer as proof of attendance.
LIFE’s venture into online programming played a part in the Fall CE event held on the university’s Marietta, Ga. For a handful of courses offered, registrants earned their first hour of CE online by taking a LIFE-developed course administered through MyiCourse, after which they received a printable certificate. This certificate served as proof of their successful completion of the online portion, and was presented for entry into the second and third hour of classroom discussion, led by a certified CE provider on LIFE’s campus.
Upon completion of the on-campus hours, the student was awarded all the hours. Thus, DCs earned an extra hour of credit for viewing the online lecture before attending the on-campus course. This innovative combination of online and in-classroom education is typically not available in the chiropractic profession. To offer even more value to the chiropractic community, the University provided free CE registration to early registrants.
“We look forward to a long relationship with Life University,” Foreman adds. “We want to see LIFE dominate online learning and CE for chiropractors, and we’re honored to be a part of it.”
There has been significant demand and interest in the chiropractic community for CE that better meets the needs of today’s chiropractor — particularly the newest generations of DCs, who are familiar with the power and convenience of online technology and what it can do for their practices. Through its partnership with MyiCourse, LIFE is not only meeting that demand, it’s taking it to the next level.
For more information about Life University’s online CE programming, visit http://LIFE.MyiCourse.com.
Source: Life University, www.life.edu