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Basics of Online CE
March 1, 2012 (published) | February 27, 2018 (revised)

If you need help navigating the CE course area, please refer to Find Your Course Area, Classroom, Library, and Message Board for instructions.


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Online Learning is Convenient and Easy!

VIN and VSPN CE courses provide the ultimate in convenience. Courses are presented completely online so you can access them from anywhere you can access the Internet, including your mobile device.

Interactive courses are designed around live, interactive real time sessions, message board discussions, and materials in the course area library. Attendance and participation in real time sessions is highly recommended, but not required.

Non-interactive courses are on-demand, self-study courses that generally consist of study materials in the course library, a video lecture, and a test. Most non-interactive courses do not have message boards.

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Membership Requirements

VIN CE

It is not necessary to be a VIN member to participate in VIN CE, however rates are reduced for VIN members. Generally, veterinarians, veterinary students, veterinary academia, and those associated with the veterinary industry can join VIN. Please use the following links to learn more about VIN eligibility requirements for:

If you are not currently a VIN member and would like to join, please enroll for your CE course and choose the option to join VIN during the enrollment process. Your application will be reviewed for eligibility within 24 hours of submission.

VSPN CE
It is necessary to be a VSPN or VIN member to participate in VSPN CE. VSPN membership is free for veterinary support staff working with, for, or in the field of veterinary medicine under the direction of a licensed veterinarian.

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Enrollment

It's easy to enroll on-line for VIN and VSPN CE courses. Early enrollment will assure your place in class. After you have enrolled in your course(s) and your payment is processed, expect a return e-mail receipt confirming your enrollment within 48 to 72 hours. Just prior to the course, you will receive an e-mail indicating that you now have access to the course area and providing directions on how to reach it.

The main means for sending course communications is via e-mail so it's important for enrollees to check their e-mail frequently prior to the opening date of the course and throughout the course duration. Course enrollees must ensure that their e-mail filters permit receipt of e-mails from all @vin.com and @vspn.org domains.

To Enroll
Go to the CE Portal page (https://beta.vin.com/CE) and find the desired course under either Open for Enrollment - Veterinarians  or the Open for Enrollment - Support Staff. Select the desired course to open the course information page.  On that page, click the ENROLL NOW link and follow the step-by-step instructions.

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Course Libraries

Required and recommended reading materials for the course, other than textbooks, are located in the CE library established for each individual CE course. Real time session transcripts, slideshows and audio are posted to the course library after each real time session. These materials will be available for you to use throughout the course and will be archived, along with content on the course message boards for your permanent access after the course is closed.

To receive the greatest benefit from the course, please review the materials in the library in advance of the real time session or view the non-interactive course videos. Some course libraries include supplemental information, including links to helpful websites.

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Course Message Boards

The course message boards can only be accessed by instructors and registered participants. These course-specific boards are open for posting messages throughout the duration of the course and for one week after the final real-time session. Questions and discussions arising from the course materials, interactive sessions, or clinical case material relevant to the course should be posted on the course message boards. It's best to read the existing discussions on the message boards before posting.

You can reply (i.e., add another post) to an existing discussion thread about the topic or start a new discussion if your question relates to a new topic. Message board discussions are an essential element of a successful on-line interactive class. This is where topics can be explored in depth and applied to clinical cases and real practice situations.

VIN and VSPN members will have access to their course materials indefinitely. The specific course message boards are available for posting from the time the course opens until it closes, at which time the course instructor(s) will no longer monitor the course message boards. The course message boards are archived after the course closes.

Note: Most non-interactive courses do not have a message board component.

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Practice Session Video

CE participants need to concentrate on course content, not on the “mechanics" of participation during the Real Time Sessions. Viewing the practice session video prior to your first real time session is strongly recommended for those taking their first VIN or VSPN CE course and for those who haven't taken a course for a year or more. During the video you will learn:

  • How the Zoom Conferencing webinar works
  • How to participate in polls, ask questions, view session graphics, and seek help with computer problems
  • How to find and use the course libraries and course message boards

    Visit the CE Practice Area to find the Practice Session replay videos posted along with a written transcript for each.

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Real Time Sessions

Real time sessions are held each week in the course area classroom (i.e., the Zoom Conferencing Webinar). The sessions include a formal presentation by the instructor and an interactive question and answer period. Slides and/or videos and automated polls (questions with multiple-choice answer options posed to all participants) will also be presented. The instructor directs the session, but active participation by all class attendees is encouraged.

Attendance at the real time session is NOT mandatory, but it is recommended. If you cannot attend, please be sure to read Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate and comply with those instructions. . 

If you have not yet used the Zoom Conferencing system (either webinar or meeting rooms), please review the Practice Session video to familiarize yourself with the mechanics of the conference system. 

The link to the classroom will not be active until approximately 30 minutes before the real time session. If you need assistance during the real time session, please contact Live Support. The link to Live Support is under the Enter Classroom banner on the course main page or at the top right corner of the CE Portal page.

Please note that Non-Interactive courses do not involve participation in Real Time Sessions.

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Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate

For Interactive courses with real time sessions, the VIN and VSPN course coordinators must account for a course participant's active involvement and participation during the course. You can participate by contributing comments, asking questions, and participating in the polls during each session. If you are not able to attend a session, you can view the video of the session or read the written transcript to review the material from the real time session. You can post comments or questions about the real time session topic and library materials in the course message boards to accrue required participation points

For courses non-interactive courses you can participate by reading handouts, viewing videos, and all assigned tests. 

How is my on-line attendance tracked?

  1. Complete transcripts of the real time sessions are kept for possible auditing by a state or provincial board. In addition, your participation in session polls and homework assignments and quizzes is tallied; the statistics are retained for review.
  2. A complete transcript of the course message boards is kept for 5 years for possible auditing by a state or provincial board.

What do I need to do to participate and receive a CE certificate?

You must demonstrate that you are actively participating in the course:

  1. Participate actively in the course an average of 3 or more times each week (exceptions may apply). This can include postings on the course message boards and/or participation in the real time sessions. You can meet these requirements by posting an average of 3 times each week, by "speaking up" 3 times during the real time session (i.e., answering the poll questions and submitting questions and comments during the session), by completing any homework assignments provided by the instructor, or by any combination of these. If you miss a real time session or can't visit the boards in any given week, you will still receive credit provided you meet the requirement for total participation by the end of the course.
  2. As required by RACE and VIN-VSPN CE, successful completion of the end of course test with a score of 80% or higher is mandatory. If you don't take the end of course test, we cannot award a CE certificate for completion of the course. You will have until the course area closes to complete the end of course test. You can take the end of course test repeatedly until you score 80% or better. You will receive one participation point for your highest passing score (80% or greater) on any quiz or end of course test.
  3. For some VIN and VSPN courses, homework assignments, and/or completion of the end of course evaluation will be required. Please check the specific requirements of your course on the course home page.

For more information about requirements for non-interactive courses, please refer to Non-Interactive CE Course Certificate Requirements. At the end of a course, the VIN or VSPN CE office will confirm actual participation and check payments for the course. If you have met the requirements for a certificate of participation and your course is paid for, you will receive an email notification indicating when your course certificate will be available for download from your MyCE. You can go on-line to your MyCE page and download your certificate anytime after the date specified in the email notification. Each participant is responsible for keeping track of each hour of CE credit earned and for printing or saving this completion certification for submission to his or her accrediting board(s). We provide certificate information to any state or province board only in response to a question from your accrediting board.

For more on participation and how to receive a CE certificate see Understanding MyCE Certificate Status

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Withdrawing from a CE Course

A complete refund of the paid course price will be issued when your withdrawal request is received prior to the listed start date of the course. If you wish to withdraw after the start date please contact the VIN office 1-800-700-INFO (4636) or the VSPN office at 800-846-0028, ext. 792 to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.

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Contact Us

If you need additional assistance with VIN or VSPN membership, CE enrollment, certificate requirements, or certificate documentation, please contact the VIN/VSPN CE staff:

VIN CE
E-Mail:    CEonVIN@vin.com
Phone: 800.846.INFO (4636) or 530.756.4881 (from outside the U.S.
 
VSPN CE
E-Mail: VSPNCE@vspn.org
Phone: 800.846.0028 or 530.756.4881; ext. 792

 

VIN Technical Support

E-Mail:

support@vin.com

Phone:

1.800.846.0028 x127 or 1.530.756.4881 (from outside the U.S.) during U.S. West Coast business hours (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM).