Often, professional associations turn to a conferencing app for their event management, but use a separate Learning Management System (LMS) to manage registrations, learning content creation, credit tracking, and transcripts.
The COVID-19 crisis prompted innovative leadership. The APMA and Digitec Interactive (DI) teams mobilized to create one centralized mobile responsive app supporting both needs – all in one system.
APMA first met then contracted with DI in mid-June 2020 with the requirement to have the platform up and running by early August. The goal was to provide podiatrists with a virtual/internet live activity to earn the credits they needed to renew their licenses while meeting the Council on Podiatric Medical Education’s requirements as a provider of continuing education in podiatric medicine.
These requirements included a way to verify attendance, a way to track each learner’s time spent participating in the activity, provide opportunities for live debate, evaluate the effectiveness of the program, provide a distinct separation between promotional and continuing education activities, and issue a certificate of attendance upon completion of the program.
With only 2 months to pivot, the APMA and DI team were able to adapt and deploy Digitec Interactive’s learning management platform Knowledge Direct to deliver the virtual conference over two consecutive weekends in August 2020.
Over the course of the next 60 days, the team was able to integrate APMA’s iMIS20/RiSE membership database and GoToWebinar with the Digitec Knowledge Direct platform. APMA was able to create session content in the platform, offering podiatrists a single sign on (SSO) platform, where they could participate in a virtual/internet live activity to earn the CECH they needed without having to travel or leave their home/office.