Continuing Education: The Transition
The basic pre-registration education system is delivered in three formats: 1) correspondence, 2) online and 3) classroom.
The current continuing mandatory educational system is delivered only online.
Training programs which still continue and never qualified for RECO credits are largely delivered in webinars and classroom (or theatre, convention hall) formats. The basic difference is that in large measure they are “LIVE”. There is actual interaction at the events and real life participation.
It was rather interesting over the years to witness the level of participation at Board sponsored educational programs. Initially, the back half of the class who didn’t want to be there, paid or subsidized the front half of the class, who did.
Then, the front half of the class left because they knew that they didn’t need the credits. That left about half of the back half of the class still in the room. They were there by mistake. They missed the memo! They had no idea that they didn’t have to be there. Gradually, they too dropped out.
Eventually, the numbers were so low that many of the boards would cancel their programs for “low attendance” at the last moment. This annoyed many of the veterans.
The result was that in-house “live” continuing education virtually disappeared.
However, that happens to be the learning method of choice by many. Look at the Training Programs for Lead Generation!
I think that you will see a resurgence of live seminars and webinars this year for education programs related to specialized and general topics. Attendance will be the “front half of the class” from the old days. But, the cost will go up, since the back half of the class won’t be there. No more subsidies!
I think 2017 will be the resurgence of continuing education. People will take courses because they want to, not because they have to.
Brian Madigan LL.B., Broker