June 2018 CEB Meeting Announcements

As a result of the Continuing Education Board's June meeting, we have a number of exciting announcements to share with you! More details will follow in the coming months about each of these items as we roll out implementation.

1. New online course registration platform

Implementation: This autumn, CE will roll out our new online course registration platform. It’s a huge improvement over our current platform and includes user friendly screens, a tracking system so you know the status of your course registration, functionality that will assign the offering number immediately, and many more exciting features! We are putting the finishing touches on it now and plan on having some CEAs test it for us. Stay tuned!

2. New formula for calculating ASHA CEUs for enduring materials

The CEB approved a formula for calculating ASHA CEUs for materials that don’t have a "run-time" like self-studies and enduring materials. That formula is based on 100 words-per-minute. The word count includes the content, charts and graphs, test question-and-answer options, and program evaluation questions. CE Providers that have established word count formulas can continue to use those or switch to the 100 wpm formula when registering new courses. Providers may conduct pilot studies if they don’t wish to use the 100 wpm formula for all or part of the course. For example, conduct a pilot study for a time-intensive learner assessment and apply the word count formula to the rest of the course

Implementation: The word count formula will be added as a new tab to the ASHA CEU Calculation worksheet. The updated ASHA CEU Calculation worksheet will be posted on the website in the next 2 weeks. If you need the Excel sheet before it’s posted, contact your Provider Manager.

3. New required practice 9.13

Wording of required practice 9.13: The Provider has policy and procedures to review course content for quality, currency, and effectiveness in assisting learners to achieve learning outcomes.

Rationale: The CEB recently eliminated the requirement to conduct and submit peer reviews when registering self-studies. We recommend all courses undergo peer review for content accuracy, currency and other factors but providers no longer have to submit the peer reviews when registering a course. To ensure all courses are initially and periodically reviewed for quality, currency and effectiveness, the CEB added this required practice.

4. 5-year validity date for all courses (i.e., group, individual, and blended)

Rationale: As a result of new required practice 9.13, all new courses, no matter the format, will be valid for 5 years (60 months) from the start date of the course’s first offering.

Implementation: CEAs will attest that the course was reviewed against required practice 9.13. Our new online course registration platform will this new attestation. This will become effective with the implementation of the new online course registration platform.

5. Course content origination date

Rationale: To ensure learners are aware of the date that course content was developed, CEB will soon require that CE Providers include the origination date of course content on promotional materials. 

Implementation: The CEB has proposed wording for this new requirement. To assist with this implementation, CEAs will be asked to provide input via a peer review process. Look for a notice via email in the coming months and provide your input.

6. Date ASHA CEUs must be requested by learners

Rationale: To ensure learners are aware of the final date that they must submit their request for ASHA CEUs to the provider, CEB will soon require that CE Providers include a statement about that date on promotional materials. 

Implementation: The CEB has proposed wording for this new requirement. To assist with this implementation, CEAs will be asked to provide input via a peer review process. Look for a notice via email in the coming months and provide your input.

7. Cooperative and Independent Study opt-in and opt-out

Rationale: To help learners identify CE Providers who offer Independent Study, and to help non-CE Providers locate an ASHA Approved CE Provider who engages in cooperative courses, we are asking all CEAs to complete two online forms by August 15, 2018. 

Implementation: We recently sent an email asking you to update information indicating whether you will or will not serve as an Independent Study provider or be willing to enter into cooperative course agreements. CE Providers will only be able to engage in Independent Studies or cooperative course offering(s) agreements if they have opted into doing so. CE staff will update Provider records and our website listing based on your submitted information.

8. New future option for submitting reporting materials

Implementation: CE is exploring a new process for CEAs to submit reporting materials. The first step in our project is to gather information about the current systems you use to collect learner information and course completions records. Be on the lookout for a survey asking you about your current processes. Your responses will help us develop the new reporting option!

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