Accreditation Standards for Online/Virtual Events

Group Learning Programs - MOC Section 1 and/or Mainpro+ Level 1 Credits

Identical to MOC Section 1 and Mainpro+ accreditation standards for in-person or live events, all administrative, educational, and ethical standards are still required for virtual/online events. Additionally, the following points are required specifically for virtual/online events:

  • There must be an opportunity for interaction between participants and teacher/facilitator, and all participants must be able to observe the interaction of other participants with the teacher/facilitator.
  • Some acceptable methods to incorporate interactivity could be:
    • Discussion forums or chat groups
    • Virtual break out rooms
    • Email
    • FAQ board with regular updates
Points to Consider:
  • Certificates of attendance should only be given to participants if they have logged on to the interactive component for the program
  • Online activities must include disclosure of relevant financial relationships, even if the activity does not include live presenters. Some online options to present disclosures could be:
    • Onscreen slides before module begins
    • On screen acknowledgement slides at the end of a presentation
    • Video clips of disclosures
    • Disclosure tab to review
  • Sponsorship can be obtained for online events as long as:
    • The recognition of support uses the standard acknowledgement statement
    • Branding strategies are not reminiscent of sponsors logo, theme, colours, etc.
    • Exhibition halls or sponsored sessions are kept separate from certified materials

MOC Section 3 – SIM or SAP

All administrative, educational, and ethical standards remain the same for MOC Section 3 accreditation for virtual/online events.

Points to Consider:
  • The channel of communication between participants and teacher/facilitator must remain open for the duration of the program (ex: if program runs all year, then teacher/facilitator must frequently check the communication channel all year)
  • Creative options for Section 3 interactivity could be:
    • Multiple choice questions
    • Game based modules/immersive learning
    • “Choose your own adventure”
    • Simulations
    • Pause, reflect, record
    • Pre- and post-tests
  • If there are quizzes or tests, each item should be accompanied by an explanation of the answer with appropriate references

Questions? Clarifications? Please contact:
Philippe Leblanc
Accreditation and Website Coordinator

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