Before researching courses for continuing education, ask yourself – what are your goals, professional or educational. Are you facing significant challenges that you think education would solve?
If you find a particular course fulfilling your requirements, pause and research a bit more before you register yourself. Researching more on the following would reassure you regarding your decision:
- Program Title/Description: Does the title of the program describe the content of the program sufficiently. Who are they targeting as their audience? Do you fit in that audience? How many participants are they expecting, i.e., any limits to their numbers.
- Learning Outcomes: Does the program clearly mention what you would achieve at the end of the course? If they have mentioned, do they seem reasonable considering the duration of the program? This will help you compare courses that provide a broad overview with those providing in-depth content.
- Faculty Information: Does the course outline specify who your faculty is/are? Do the faculty’s qualifications and areas of expertise resonate with the program offered?
- Course Pedagogy: What are the methods of delivering the course or the instruction? Is it sufficiently described?
- Credits of the course: What are the criteria for achieving the credits offered by the program?
- Registration Fees: Are the registration fees within your budget? Do they seem reasonable as per the course offered? Also, check the registration fees of other similar programs.
- Refund policy: Is the process of canceling your registration hassle-free? Is the process clearly described in the program brochure?
Once you have registered yourself, check whether:
At the start of the Presentations, the facilitator should provide disclosure information and relevant information about the financial and non-financial components of the course content. Try to check whether the course materials are provided in terms of handout materials or slides.
You should also check whether the instructor provides proper information regarding any updated relationships that might have occurred after the disclosures were provided.
Pay attention to the following signs while taking the course:
- Is the presenter guiding the presentation using his or her knowledge and experience as well as the best available, current evidence?
- Is it apparent which notions are based on research and which are based on clinical experience?
- In terms of the amount of evidence and research quality, where do the studies mentioned fall?
- Is there a theoretical basis or justification for the approach?
- Are there any specific populations to whom the findings apply?
- Is peer-reviewed research available that supports or contradicts the course content’s rationale?
- Are there any citations on the slides or handouts?
- Is the presenter blending his or her knowledge and experience with that of the audience?
Follow these points and ask questions regarding your continuing course whenever it is applicable.
These are some of the points you should keep in mind while choosing the continuing education course. Make sure you follow the points listed above so as to ensure that you enroll in a proper continuing education course and help to leverage your career prospects.