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Course Information Page
October 12, 2012 (published) | June 17, 2015 (revised)
Peggy Hall; Charlotte Waack; Debbie Friedler

In this document we will go over the information needed to create a course information page.

Course Information Page

Based upon the information that you provide, your course facilitator creates a course information page for your course. This information is used for all promotional materials, including the course catalog listing and CE flyers.

Information on this page is essential for the prospective participant to assess whether the course is appropriate to his or her experience level and will meet his or her learning needs. It must contain an outline of your course topics, shown in the order they will be presented during the Real Time Sessions, and should reflect all content to be covered during the course. Thus, you must design the course to include the content outlined in the course description.

The course information page is submitted to:

  • AAVSB's RACE committee for approval of CE credits,
  • any state or province that requires special permissions, and
  • the VHMA if the course is designed for practice managers seeking credit toward CVPM credentials.

Information you need to provide in order for your course facilitator to complete the course information page:

  • Your name and credentials, e.g. Joe Bartges, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACVN

  • Real Time Session dates.  Please consult with your course facilitator to determine the dates/times for the course Real Time Session dates.  Together you will determine which dates/times are best not only for your schedule but also with regards to the VIN/VSPN CE course schedule.

    The course area will typically open a week before the first scheduled Real Time Session and closes 10 days after the last Real Time Session. You, as the instructor, are expected to monitor the course message boards once daily while the course is open.

  • Session format.  The course can be presented in a text format, audio format, or a mixture of text and audio.

    • With a text format, you will submit a pre-written presentation along with a PowerPoint slideshow and poll questions.  The text, polls, and images will be fed into the classroom automatically during the Real Time Session. Questions from the participants will be answered using text.

    • With the audio format, you will submit a PowerPoint presentation and poll questions.  During the Real Time Sessions you will progress through your presentation slideshow and broadcast your lecture to the participants.  Polls will be sent by the session moderators and questions are usually answered using audio.

    • A mixed format is typically a text presentation where audio is used to answer questions.

Your facilitator will meet with you and explain the different formats, how they are used, and the session materials you will need to provide in order to implement the different presentation formats. Together you will determine the format that will be used for the course Real Time Session presentations.

  • Level. The level indicates the difficulty of the course material.  The levels are: basic, intermediate, advanced, or specialty.  Definitions for these terms are provided in the Course Catalog.

  • Prerequisites. Provide a description of any prerequisite experience, knowledge, and/or courses that the participant will need to have in order to get the most out of the course.

  • Intended Audience. Who is this course intended for?  You can simply say veterinarians, veterinary technicians, or both.  But with some courses you will want to indicate the technical level of the participants - front office, veterinary assistant, veterinary technician, practice manager, veterinarian, general practitioner, etc.  

    Confer with your course facilitator to determine the accreditation for the course - RACE (veterinarian/veterinary technician), VHMA, specific state accreditation boards, etc.

  • Course Description. This should be detailed enough to give prospective CE participants a good general sense of what the course will cover and if the level of the material is appropriate for them. Try to give this paragraph a little marketing flair if you can. Maybe include a promotional line or paragraph at the beginning of your course description.

    VSPN courses may be geared toward any of the veterinary support staff personnel. However, each course should indicate the specific type of staff members expected to benefit from the course.

  • Course Objectives. RACE requires the inclusion of the following wording "Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:..." within the description, followed by a bulleted list of learning objectives for the course. Try to provide 1-3 learning objectives per Real Time Session.

    To help you focus the wording of this section to the level of the participant, a list of action verbs is provided in the following document: Action Verbs.

  • Textbook(s) and Ancillary Materials: If, in addition to the library materials you provide, you require or recommend reading material, such as a manual, please include that information with the course description. Please indicate whether the materials are required or merely recommended. Visit the VIN Store to see which textbooks VIN can provide at discounted rates,

  • About the Instructor.  Please provide a 3-4 sentence paragraph about yourself that highlights your experience or expertise in the course topic.

  • Course Outline. The course outline provides a brief description of each Real Time Session for the course and includes:
    • Date. The date of the Real Time Session.
       
    • Topic/Title.  This is a very succinct descriptive title for the topic of the Real Time Session.
       
    • Instructor(s).  This can be omitted if all Real Time Sessions in the course are being presented by all the instructors of the course.  If different instructors are presenting during different Real Time Sessions, please include a list the presenting instructor's names and credentials for each Real Time Session.
       
    • Format. This can be omitted if all Real Time Sessions are the same format.  If not, please indicate which Real Time Sessions will be audio, text, or a combination of both audio and text.
        
    • Required Reading/Assignments.  If you are assigning reading or homework assignments, these should be described here.
       
    • Content. Provide 3-5 sentences describing what will be covered during the Real Time Session presentation. You need not duplicate the detail covered by the course description, but the participants should clearly be able to identify which topics will be covered in each session. Look back to the course objectives when describing the Real Time Session content.

To see examples of the Course Information Page, click on "Course Info" (see the red arrow below) on any course listed on the CE Portal page (https://beta.vin.com/CE).

Please contact your course facilitator should you have any questions or concerns regarding the course information page.