President's Calling - Academy Online and Additional Education Resources

Published May 23, 2018

Academy Online and Additional Education Resources

The Academy has launched its online education platform! Academy Online is your all-access pass to the quality education the Academy is known for, all available at your leisure and on your device of choice. The easy-to-use platform offers past session recordings, webinars, virtual posters, and much more in a convenient, on-demand format.

Online learning is an integral part of today’s student education experience and is often the preferred method of learning for adults, as well. In fact, in 2016 we asked you to respond to a survey and over 75% of you said you would take advantage of access to COPE-approved online learning. Forty-nine states currently allow for online CE credits. We understand some of you may not be able to attend the annual meeting (i.e. international members who can’t get visas) or some may just wish to view the lectures, papers or posters you missed from previous years. Academy Online is your chance to do just that!

Academy members enjoy complimentary access to Academy Online content! Non-members can purchase full access to content ($99 annually for annual meeting attendees and $149 annually for non-attendees). Separate testing fees apply for COPE CE credit ($25/credit hour).

So far, we have 15 hours of distance learning credit available: symposia and lecture video and audio files, and previous years' Award program lectures. An added feature allows users to email original authors with questions regarding content. The user must agree not to use content for commercial purposes or duplicate it in any way.

There is no limit on what we can to do with this platform. A full range of options for the future might include hosting live streaming from the annual meeting, broadcasting some of the scientific program, and "super blitzes" where poster presenters talk about their poster just to name a few. Linking into the valuable resources of our journal, Optometry and Vision Science (OVS), is now possible and could soon include distance learning using OVS case reports. Future applications could have a wide range of uses such as conducting webinars, airing podcasts and linking to OVS articles. New courses outside of our annual meeting may be posted and serve as introductions or complimentary advanced material for courses offered at the annual meeting. Translation into different languages may someday be available and will serve our international members as well.

An automatic notification system will alert users when new content is uploaded and prompt users to finish viewing content previously accessed, and even make recommendations based on past usage. Should you have any ideas on how to improve the new education platform feel or have other innovative ideas for content, please contact Helen Viksnins at

On a similar note highlighting our vision for life-long learning, the Academy Online Journal Library provides another member benefit with links to several valuable publications that can be easily accessed each month free of charge. A few of the journals include the Canadian Journal of Optometry, Optometry and Vision Development, Optometry and Vision Science, Optometry & Vision Performance, Journal of Behavioral Optometry, Journal of Vision, and Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science/ARVO journal.

I encourage each of you to take a good look at the on-line CE options provided in the new platform and take full advantage of the resources there. Also, be sure to visit our Online Journal Library free of charge through your member account portal.


Joseph P. Shovlin, OD, FAAO

PS: Just a friendly reminder to get your proposals in for the scientific program. The deadline is May 31 for Academy 2018 San Antonio. The Academy's Scientific Program offers scientists, educators, and clinicians the opportunity to exchange the latest information in optometry and vision science in two formats, research paper presentations and scientific posters.