Recent studies have highlighted the advantages in relation to online learning modules over traditional face-to-face methods. One study, in particular, noted therapists’ positive responses to online continuing education opportunities and concluded that it enabled therapists to ‘meet professional expectations for continuing competency.’ The study further surveyed therapists and found that over 80% were open to the option of online continuing education.
In places, such as Canada, online learning strategies can cut down on commute time which can be relatively high with a population distributed across a wide geographical area. Many small towns can feel isolated with a lack of continuing education courses due to low supply and demand. The introduction of the internet has made connections between such places easier and has increased access to continuing education worldwide. Collaborative learning is further available and inclusive to more diverse groups of people.
The online courses, such as the manual therapy online classes and human body online classes by iBody Academy, can be completed in a therapist’s own time as opposed the time commitment and possibly lengthy commute necessary for in-class courses. It can be done in the middle of a therapist’s day when perhaps unforeseeable client cancellations have arisen, or at the beginning or end of the day. You set the time and pace.
More and more institutions for professional regulatory bodies are starting to offer certified online continuing education classes. The flexibility and convenience of online continuing education courses can provide a learning method that can suit your individual schedule. It can keep you up to date on the latest skill sets and techniques, as well as boost your own confidence in your chosen profession.