TLC Initiative Monthly Issue #12

Teach. Learn. Connect. in May

The TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect.) Initiative is IACLE’s new online education and communications program that will supplement our existing educational activities. Our aim is to support our members, students and industry as recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Please note that login details for every event are under IACLE Webinars through the IACLETOP Dashboard


GLOBAL

Virtual conference connects members from around the globe

More than 150 delegates watched live online as IACLE hosted its second global virtual conference, to discuss integrating research into education. IACLE’s Board, staff members, and educators from around the world shared their knowledge and experiences on a vast array of topics related to research in contact lens education. Professor Pauline Cho (pictured above) discussed ‘Critically reviewing a manuscript’. 

Catch up on all lectures from the conference via IACLETOP


IACLETOP

What can IACLETOP offer you?

IACLETOP is our online Learning Management System designed to support educators and their students. IACLETOP is IACLE’s central point to access our online resources and teaching materials, with access via the IACLETOP Login

NEW this month

The IACLE Library has a new location in IACLETOP, under the Member Area tab through the Dashboard.  

Coming up…

Later this month, members will be able to access the Case Report Series in multiple language options. The IACLETOP Education Team are also in the process of redesigning the IACLE Contact Lens Course within IACLETOP to allow for a more multilingual experience. 


REGIONAL

Weekly webinars in Spanish

Weekly webinars to be conducted in April across the Latin America region. Please contact Americas Regional Coordinator Willy Carrillo for more information. 

5 May at 9.00 am (GMT-3) Argentina
Topic: Inappropriate habits whilst wearing contact lenses
Presenter: Doris Rivadeniera

12 May at 11.00 am (GMT-5) Ecuador
Topic: Contact lens application in low vision patients
Presenter: Flor Piña

19 May at 11.00 am (GMT-5) Colombia
Topic: Future of myopia and its control
Presenter: Sergio García

19 May at 7.00 pm (GMT-5) Colombia
Topic: Contact lens practice going forward
Presenter: Oscar Bello

26 May at 11.00 am (GMT-5) Mexico
Topic: Corneal topography in contact lens practice: Fashion or necessity?
Presenter: Fausto Rangel


NATIONAL

This month’s themed webinars

On Wednesday 5 May at 3.00 pm India (GMT+5.5), Isha Dave from the Lotus College of Optometry in Mumbai, India, is hosting a webinar on ‘Contact lens practice going forwards’. A Bahasa-speaking webinar on the same topic is taking place on Sunday 23 May at 11.00 am Jakarta (GMT+7), with Maya Saphira. Members will receive the Zoom details via email, and you can find all the details for May’s webinars via the IACLE Webinars tab in IACLETOP.

Journal club in May

This month, Karpagavalli Subramanian and Mumtaz Qazi are hosting Journal Club on Friday 21 May at 3.00 pm India (GMT+5.5). The team will discuss the most relevant papers and topics related to contact lens education. We encourage all members and Fellows of IACLE to take part in Journal Club. If you would like to present, please contact Nilesh Thite

Chinese-speaking webinar

Professor Chi Hui from Beijing Optometry and Ophthalmology Center in Beijing, China, is hosting a webinar on ‘Toric contact lens fitting’. The webinar will take place via Zoom on Tuesday 11 May at 8.00 pm China (GMT+8). Please contact Asia Pacific Regional Coordinator Cheni Lee for more information. 


COMMUNICATIONS

How did you find our Virtual Conference?

We thank all who participated in our Virtual Conference on Saturday 24 April. We appreciate your feedback, and it helps us prepare for future educational meetings. If you could spare a few minutes, we would be grateful if you could fill out a short survey about your experience of the conference.

Fill out the survey here


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TLC Initiative Monthly Issue #11

Teach. Learn. Connect. in April

The TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect.) Initiative is IACLE’s new online education and communications program that will supplement our existing educational activities. Our aim is to support our members, students and industry as recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Please note that login details for every event are under IACLE Webinars through the IACLETOP Dashboard

GLOBAL

Registration opens for our Virtual Conference

We are pleased to announce that the registration for our second Virtual Conference themed ‘Integrating research into education’ is now open. The event will take place on Saturday 24 April from 12 noon – 3pm UK time (BST). Follow the link here to find out what time the event takes place in your time zone. International experts will share their knowledge and experiences on how to combine research and education to become a successful academic. 

Follow the link to register. View the agenda

IACLETOP

What can IACLETOP offer you?

IACLETOP is our online Learning Management System designed to support educators and their students. IACLETOP is IACLE’s central point to access our online resources and teaching materials, with access via the IACLETOP Login

NEW this month

The Fellowship Area designed to support and assist those sitting the Fellowship Exam launches on Thursday 1 April. The area allows members to join study groups, understand different methods of assessment, sit mock exams, and chat to other members who are also taking the exam. The member support area is available in English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish and Bahasa. Registration for the Fellowship Exam opens on 1 April and the Fellowship Area will only be accessible for those who have registered for the exam. 

Did you know?

You can schedule meetings with other members sitting the Fellowship Exam to discuss queries or share study plans within the Fellowship Area. 

REGIONAL

Weekly webinars in Spanish

Weekly webinars to be conducted in April across the Latin America region. Please contact Americas Regional Coordinator Willy Carrillo for more information. 

7 April at 1.00 pm (GMT-3) Argentina
Topic: When contact lens contraindications are saved
Presenter: Vanesa Sigrist

14 April at 10.00 am (GMT-6) Mexico
Topic: How to induce students into successful contact lens practice
Presenter: Francisco Ibarra

21 April at 11:00 am (GMT-5) Colombia
Topic: How to manage contact lens discomfort
Presenter: Yennifer Cañon

28 April at 11:00 (GMT-5) Colombia
Topic: Humanization as the core axis to achieve quality of care
Presenter: Martha Marquez

NATIONAL

This month’s Journal Club

Aloe Gupta and Khemraj Nackwal are hosting Journal Club on Friday 16 April at 3.00 pm India (GMT+5.5). The team will discuss the most relevant papers and topics related to contact lens education. We encourage all members and Fellows to take part in Journal Club. If you would like to present, please get in touch with Nilesh Thite.

IACLE webinar in Chinese

On Tuesday 13 April at 8.00 pm China (GMT+8), Jiang Jun and May Zhang are hosting a webinar on myopia control and prevention. 

Members can tune in live via Zoom and a recorded version will be available on IACLETOP after the event has taken place. Chinese-speaking members will be contacted with the login details.

COMMUNICATIONS

To keep up to date with our latest news and webinar reminders, follow us on our social media channels following the links at the top of this newsletter.

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TLC Initiative Monthly Issue #10

Teach. Learn. Connect. in March

The TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect.) Initiative is IACLE’s new online education and communications program that will supplement our existing educational activities. Our aim is to support our members, students and industry as recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Please note that login details for every event are under IACLE Webinars through the IACLETOP Dashboard

GLOBAL CONFERENCE

Save the date for our second Virtual Conference

Following the success of our first-ever Virtual Conference in September 2020, the IACLE Education Team is hosting a second global Virtual Conference on Saturday 24 April, starting at 12 noon (GMT), themed ‘Integrating research into education’. International experts will share their knowledge and experiences on how to combine research and education to become a successful academic. 

IACLETOP

What can IACLETOP offer you?

What can IACLETOP offer you? IACLETOP is our online Learning Management System designed to support educators and their students. IACLETOP is IACLE’s central point to access our online resources and teaching materials, with access via the IACLETOP Login

NEW this month

The Distance Learning Program, designed to improve educators’ contact lens knowledge and prepare them for the Fellowship Exam, launches on IACLETOP this month. The DLP is a series of assessments designed to guide members through the IACLE Contact Lens Course module by module. There are four phases to the self-study program to allow members to adjust to the online environment. After working through each section of the ICLC, members complete a related assignment, submitting directly through IACLETOP with instant feedback available. Once members are satisfied with their progress, they move onto the next phase. This cycle repeats until all modules of the ICLC are covered. Progression is managed with each phase having a staggered released date. 

The newly redeveloped Student Area allows educators to develop their own teaching materials, their students can access a dedicated copy of the IACLE Case Report Series and IACLE Global Webinars, launches this month. The Student Trial Exam is also administered here. In 2021, a special rate registration fee applies per student to access the area and is based on the fee structure on our Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) Grouping:

• Group 1 US$5 student registration fee

• Group 2 US$10 student registration fee

• Group 3 US$15 student registration fee

Please note this fee is a special rate offered in 2021. The IACLE Board will review the fee structure after assessing the initial rollout and revisions may take place in 2022. 

Executive Manager of Educational Development Professor Craig Woods has produced a video guide on how to use the Student Area.

Did you know?

You can access IACLETOP via the Canvas app on your mobile phone or tablet. There are three versions of the app – Canvas Teacher, Canvas Student and Canvas Parent. Download the Teacher app for your own access with your students using the Student app. Try it out today and let us know your feedback. 

The IACLETOP Team has added language icons to the resources available in additional languages. Please see the IACLETOP Dashboard to view.

The IACLETOP Team has redesigned the Flashcards page allowing members to easily select the language they wish to view the resource in. We plan to model other areas where translated materials are available. 

All IACLE images and videos are now available to view and access in the IACLE Library. Access the Library from your Dashboard.

Coming up in the New Year…

The Fellowship Area launches next month to coincide with the opening of registration for the Fellowship Exam. After registration, members will continue their preparation and find mock exams in this area to familiarize themselves with the different exam environment and assessment. This area will be available in English, Spanish, Chinese and Korean.

GLOBAL WEBINAR

On Wednesday 24 March at 12.00 noon (GMT), we are hosting a global webinar to discuss the Fellowship Exam which is taking place on Friday 12 November. The webinar will be split into three sections to cover different aspects in preparation for the exam. The details are as follows:

Time12.00pm – 12.15pm
Topic: The importance of the Fellowship Exam – my experience
PresenterDr May Bakkar

Time12.15pm -12.45pm
Topic: What to expect and how to prepare
PresenterProfessor Craig Woods

Time12.45pm – 12.55pm
Topic: How the exam will be administered
PresenterSiobhan Allen

REGIONAL WEBINARS

Weekly webinars in Spanish

Weekly webinars to be conducted in March across the Latin America region. Please contact Americas Regional Coordinator Willy Carrillo for more information. 

3 March at 11.00am (GMT-5) Colombia
Topic: Contact lens practice in 2020 with focus on 2021
PresenterMa Victoria Báez

10 March at 1.00pm (GMT-3) Uruguay
Topic: Criteria for the appropriate selection in contact lens fitting
PresenterMilagro Baptista

17 March at 11.00am (GMT-5) Colombia
Topic: Vital stains: fluorescein and lissamine green
PresenterAdriana Navarrete

17 March at 6.00pm (GMT-6) Mexico
Topic: How to achieve a successful Fellowship Exam
PresenterRuben Velazquez

24 March at 11:00am (GMT-5) Colombia
Topic: Assertive communication with patients: Educate to prevent
PresenterDiancy Capella

31 March at 10:00am (GMT-6) Mexico
Topic: Key points to ensure success for new wearers for frequent replacement contact lenses
PresenterAlicia Alcazar

NATIONAL WEBINARS

IACLE webinar in India

On Wednesday 3 March at 3.00pm India (GMT+5.5), Lifetime FIACLE Ajay Shinde, FIACLEs Kalikivayi Venkataramana and Prasad Sawant, and Pushpendra Singh are hosting a webinar on the Fellowship Exam. There will be a panel discussion to explore the importance of the Fellowship Exam, how it helps members in their careers, preparation for the exam and industry involvement. Please find the meeting login details below.

Zoom Meeting ID: 869 3570 5363
Password: 809963

IACLE webinar in Bahasa

On Sunday 21 March at 11.00am Jakarta (GMT+7), Asia Pacific Regional Coordinator Cheni Lee, FIACLE Febry Corina and IACLE member Abdul Halim are hosting a webinar to discuss the Fellowship Examination.

Members can tune in live via Zoom and a recorded version will be available on IACLETOP after the event has taken place. Bahasa-speaking members will be contacted with login details. 

Journal Club with the Education Team in India

This month, Bharat Bhayal and Rupam Sinha are hosting Journal Club on Friday 26 March at 3.00pm (GMT+5.5) India. The team will discuss the most relevant papers and topics related to education. We encourage all Fellows and members to take part in Journal Club. If you would like to present, please don’t hesitate to contact Nilesh Thite.

COMMUNICATIONS

As we continue to grow our online presence through our social media channels, our follower count has increased over the past year across all platforms. To keep up to date with our latest news and webinar reminders, follow us on social media by clicking on the links at the top of this newsletter.

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TLC Initiative Monthly Issue #9

Teach. Learn. Connect. in February

The TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect.) Initiative is IACLE’s new online education and communications program that will supplement our existing educational activities. Our aim is to support our members, students and industry as recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Please note that login details for every event are under IACLE Webinars through the IACLETOP Dashboard

GLOBAL

Innovative ways to assess students

As many institutions have been forced to suspend most face-to-face teaching activity due to the Coronavirus pandemic, educators have had to adapt to new ways of assessing their students. In February, the theme for our Worldwide Wednesday Webinar Series is ‘Innovative ways to assess students’, where educators will explore novel methods in this area. Details for this month’s themed webinars are below:

Date: 3 February at 3.00 pm (GMT+5.5)
Language: English
Presenters: Lavanya Kalikivayi and Premjit Bhakat
Please contact Nilesh Thite for more information.

Date: 17 February at 9.00 pm (GMT-4)
Language: Spanish
Presenters: Arturo Aguirre
Please contact Willy Carrillo for more information.

Date: 24 February at 12.00 noon (GMT)
Language: English
Presenters: Fabrizio Zeri and Byki Huntjens
Please contact Nilesh Thite for more information.

IACLETOP

What can IACLETOP offer you?

IACLETOP is our online Learning Management System designed to support educators and their students. IACLETOP will become IACLE’s central point to access our online resources and teaching materials, with access via the IACLETOP Login

  • Webinars – recorded live webinars are added to IACLETOP within a few days of the event taking place
  • IACLE Contact Lens Course (ICLC) – our contact lens curriculum is accessible through IACLETOP and is available in English, Chinese (simplified), Spanish, Korean, French and Italian with some content in German, Portuguese and Russian. You can access the ICLC here
  • Student Trial Exam (STE) – are you interested in assessing your students’ contact lens knowledge? This online tool is available for members. Read member and student feedback here
  • Case Report Series – a growing collection of interactive case reports in a new interactive format 

NEW this month

Our monthly Research Update email now has a designated area within IACLETOP, with access through the Dashboard. Catch-up with previous issues, along with summary videos produced by Executive Manager of Educational Programs Nilesh Thite. Nilesh reviews the contact lens-related research literature and provides a summary of the topical and most important articles. Access the Research Update area

Launching late February, the IACLE Library is a searchable database consisting of IACLE images, videos and PDFs. Members are able to upload resources they wish to share with other IACLE colleagues. Photographs from IACLE’s Image of the Month initiative can also be found here. 

New content for the Student Area for educators to use with their students is launching this month. This separate area allows educators to release the IACLE Case Reports to their students as and when they wish, giving educators control over which topics their students cover.

The Teacher Area within IACLETOP has been updated meaning members now have access to use the Case Reports as flipped classes using the Nearpod software.

Did you know?

Every Monday at 10.00 am (GMT), the IACLE Education Team host ‘Office Hours’, to support and help members with any queries they may have regarding IACLETOP. For more information, visit the IACLETOP Calendar

Coming up in the New Year…

The Distanced Learning Program, a self-study program designed to improve the contact lens knowledge of educators and assist them in the preparation for the Fellowship Exam, launches in March. 

REGIONAL

Weekly webinars in Spanish

Weekly webinars to be conducted in February across the Latin America region. Please contact Americas Regional Coordinator Willy Carrillo for more information. 

3 February at 11.00 am (GMT-5) Colombia
Topic: Opportunities for differentiation and growth in the current scenario
Presenter: Orlando Neira

10 February at 11.00 am (GMT-5) Colombia
Topic: Discomfort with contact lenses
Presenter: Norma Cardenas

17 February at 1.00 pm (GMT-3) Argentina
Topic: Challenges to virtual education based on the pandemic
Presenter: Juan Pablo Luna

24 February at 12.00 noon (GMT-4) Puerto Rico
Topic: Hybrid contact lenses
Presenter: Edgar Davila

Meet and Chat – Middle East

Attending conferences around the world allows members to meet others in their region, talk about how they use IACLE resources and to share teaching ideas they have put into practice. Due to congresses being unable to go ahead at the current time, EAME Regional President Judith Morris is introducing a ‘Meet and Chat’ initiative to connect members, to learn from one another and to discuss educational needs. The sessions will be conducted via Zoom and will take place four times a year for each part of the region – Europe, Middle East and Africa. The first Meet and Chat for our Middle Eastern members is on Saturday 20 February at 3.00 pm (GMT).

Date: 20 February at 3.00 pm (GMT)
Presenter: Judith Morris
Zoom Meeting ID: 860 9939 3784
Password: 633516

NATIONAL

Indian Team continues with Journal Club

The IACLE Education Team hosts monthly Journal Club sessions to discuss recently published articles. On Friday 19 February at 3.00 pm (GMT+5.5), Ankit Varshney and Aditi Deshpande are presenting. For more information, please contact Nilesh Thite

Bahasa-speaking webinar

On Sunday 21 February at 11.00 am Jakarta (GMT+7), Lucia Sutedja is hosting a webinar on ‘The basics of orthokeratology’. Members and students can tune into the webinar live on Zoom. A recorded version of the webinar will be available on IACLETOP after the event has taken place. Please contact Asia Pacific Regional Coordinator Cheni Lee for more information.

COMMUNICATIONS

We are making changes to our membership renewal process to ensure exclusive access to full benefits for our paid-up members. Our new renewal schedule is as follows:

  • Access to full membership benefits will end on 31 January if payment is not received
  • A late fee will be payable for members who have not paid by the end of February

Please contact your IACLE Representative or reach us at iacle@iacle.org if you have any questions.

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TLC Initiative Monthly Issue #8

Teach. Learn. Connect. in January

The TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect.) Initiative is IACLE’s new online education and communications program that will supplement our existing educational activities. Our aim is to support our members, students and industry as recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Please note that login details for every event are provided in our TLC Monthlies and TLC Reminders

GLOBAL

Worldwide Wednesday Webinars

We are extending the TLC Initiative into 2021, with weekly webinars on a global, regional and national basis starting with the theme ‘Goodbye 2020, welcome 2021’ in January. Each month, our Wednesday webinars will follow a particular topic. The IACLE Education Team is exploring various initiatives before announcing what 2021 has in store for our members. Details for this month’s ‘Goodbye 2020, welcome 2021’ themed webinars are below:

Date: 6 January at 3.00 pm India (GMT+5.5)
Language: English
Presenters: Lakshmi Shinde and Nilesh Thite
Please contact Nilesh Thite for more information.

Date: 13 January at 8.00 pm China (GMT+8)
Language: Chinese
Presenters: Qu Xiaomei and Wang Haiying
Please contact Cheni Lee for more information.

Date: 20 January at 2.00 pm Peru (GMT-5)
Language: Spanish
Presenter: Guillermo Carrillo
Please contact Willy Carrillo for more information.

Date: 24 January at 11.00 am Jakarta (GMT+7)
Language: Bahasa
Presenter: Cheni Lee
Please contact Cheni Lee for more information.

Date: 27 January at 12.00 pm (GMT)
Language: English
Presenters: Dr Shehzad Naroo and IACLE Education Team
Please contact Nilesh Thite for more information.

All webinars are now available to view via IACLETOP

IACLETOP

What can IACLETOP offer you?

IACLETOP is our online Learning Management System designed to support educators and their students.   

Webinars – live streamed webinars are removed from our Facebook page after 24 hours the recorded versions are added to IACLETOP within a few days post-event.   
IACLE Contact Lens Course (ICLC) – our contact lens curriculum is accessible through IACETOP and is available in English, Chinese (simplified), Spanish, Korean, French and Italian with some content in German, Portuguese and Russian. You can access the ICLC here.  
Student Trial Exam (STE) – are you interested in assessing your students’ contact lens knowledge? This online tool is available for members. Read member and student feedback here.  
Case Report Series – a growing collection of interactive case reports in new formats  

NEW this month

From this month, the IACLE Contact Lens Course (ICLC) has been made exclusively available via IACLETOP and is no longer available through our website to ensure members receive full benefits of IACLE membership.   

Our first Virtual Conference is available to view through IACLETOP in the IACLE Conferences area, along with other external meetings hosted by IACLE representatives. Lectures have been added to IACLETOP from the virtual International Contact Lens Education Program (ICLEP) that took place from 6-8 November 2020. Additionally, a presentation from the Autumn Conference of the Korean Society of Vision Science (KSVS) conducted as a hybrid conference on 20-21 November 2020 is also available to view on IACLETOP.   

During January, the number of Case Reports will increase from four to 10, with additional Case Reports offering alternative assessment methods. Certificates of completion will be provided.

Did you know?

Every Monday at 10 am (GMT), the IACLE Education Team host ‘Office Hours’, designed to support and help our members with any queries regarding IACLETOP. Please see more information in the IACLETOP Calendar.

Coming up in the New Year…

• The Case Reports are being restructured to provide learning opportunities for students, either as flipped classes or for self-directed learning.
• The Distance Learning Program is being transferred to IACLETOP and will be available soon.
• The IACLE Library is a new area consisting of IACLE images and videos, accessible via a searchable database. Members are able to upload any resources they wish to share with other IACLE colleagues.  

REGIONAL

Weekly webinars in Spanish

Weekly webinars to be conducted in January across Latin America. Contact IACLE Americas Regional Coordinator Willy Carrillo for more information.  13 January at 11.00 Colombia (GMT-5)  Topic: How to achieve a successful Fellowship Exam Presenters: Johana Garzon and Guillermo Carrillo   20 January at 11.00 Mexico (GMT-7) Topic: How to educate the population on contact lens wear Presenter: Rosalia Ramirez   27 January at 1.00 pm Brazil (GMT-3) Topic: GP contact lenses for myopia control Presenter: Rosalia Ramirez

NATIONAL

Journal Club continues into 2021

The IACLE Education Team in India is hosting a Journal Club to discuss recently published articles. On 22 January at 3.00 pm (GMT+5.5), FIACLEs Fakhruddin Barodawala and Preetam Kumar will present the first Journal Club of 2021. For more information, please contact Nilesh Thite.

COMMUNICATIONS

We are making changes to our membership renewal process to ensure exclusive access to full benefits for our paid-up members. Our new renewal schedule is as follows:

• Access to full membership benefits will end on 31 January if payment is not received

• A late fee will be payable for members who have not paid by the end of February

Please contact your IACLE Representative or reach us at iacle@iacle.org if you have any questions.

Read more about the Teach. Learn. Connect. Initiative

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TLC Initiative Monthly Issue #7

Teach. Learn. Connect. in December

The TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect.) Initiative is IACLE’s new online education and communications program that will supplement our existing educational activities. Our aim is to support our members, students and industry as recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Please note that login details for every event are provided in our TLC Monthlies and TLC Reminders

The Teach. Learn. Connect. Initiative approaches 6-month point

IACLE’s TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect.) Initiative, designed to support educators during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, has been a substantial success in the first six months since its launch.

Some of the TLC Initiative achievements include:

• A total of 876 members have signed up for IACLETOP, our Learning Management System
• Over 1,000 students from 26 institutions worldwide have sat the new online Student Trial Exam (STE)
• Since the launch of the TLC Initiative, 50 new members have joined IACLE
• Facebook and Instagram have seen an increase in engagement due to the initiative, gaining over 3,200 followers across both platforms 
• More than 200 delegates tuned in live to IACLE’s first-ever Virtual Conference
• At least 8,000 members and their students have tuned in to 70 live global, regional and national TLC webinars, now available on IACLETOP

To support our members as the recovery from the pandemic continues, we will be extending our TLC Initiative into 2021 and adding further valuable benefits:

• A new program of weekly live webinars on a global, regional or national basis
• The IACLE Contact Lens Course will be exclusively available via IACLETOP, with more translations into core and other languages
• The Fellowship Exam will take place in 2021, via IACLETOP, with preparation assistance through the platform
• A research-based Virtual Conference in April 2021
• Educators will be able to develop their own learning environment for their students on IACLETOP

GLOBAL

Almost 350 educators worldwide join myopia webinar series

Throughout November, IACLE brought members and international speakers together for a weekly program of webinars on Myopia Management. We heard from global experts Professor Nicola Logan, Professor Padmaja Sankaridurg (pictured), Professor Mark Bullimore and Dr Kate Gifford who discussed topics such as myopia prevalence in children, controlling myopia, the effect of vitamin D on myopia, outdoor activities and myopia, and myopia progression.

All webinars are now available to view via IACLETOP

IACLETOP


What can IACLETOP offer you?

IACLETOP is our online Learning Management System that is designed to support educators and their students’ development. 

Webinars – last month we hosted a webinar series to update our members on the topic of Myopia Management. World leading experts hosted lectures to discuss their expertise on the subject, all of which are available to watch through IACLETOP

IACLE Contact Lens Course (ICLC) – available in English, Chinese (simplified), Spanish, Korean, French and Italian, with some content available in German, Portuguese and Russian. Access the ICLC

Student Trial Exam (STE) – now being taken in Bahasa, Chinese, English and Korean

Case Report Series – launched on IACLETOP last month, with the first four Case Series now online for members to access 

NEW this month

Four IACLE Case Report Series are now available in a new flipped classroom format and can be accessed via the Teacher Area through the IACLETOP Dashboard. This format utilizes the Nearpod software and allows educators and their students to review each case using discussion boards and instant polling in an engaging online environment to stimulate conversation. 

Did you know?

When registering for the Student Trial Exam (STE), your own dedicated Student Area is made available to give support to students in the assessment journey, and also create a space for members to develop and deliver teaching material. For more information, please contact Professor Craig Woods.

Coming up…

Content for the Case Report Series will continue to grow, adding a total of 10 series. These cases will soon be available in a dedicated format for members to offer their students as a self-directed learning opportunity. Educators can determine when and how cases are released, and students will receive a certificate of completion.

REGIONAL

Spanish-speaking webinars in December

Weekly webinars to be conducted in December across Latin America. Contact IACLE Americas Regional Coordinator Willy Carrillo for more information. 

2 December at 1.00 pm Uruguay (GMT-3)
Topic: GP contact lens fitting, today! 
Presenter: Daniela Garese

9 December at 11.00 am Ecuador (GMT-5)
Topic: Reducing the need for corneal transplants in severe keratoconus with scleral lenses
Presenter: Daniel Torres

16 December at 10.00 am Mexico (GMT-6)
Topic: Myopia in children and young people: the effects of confinement
Presenter: Reyna Citalán

NATIONAL

India team to host Journal Clubs this month

The IACLE Education Team in India is hosting two webinars themed ‘Journal Club’ to discuss recently published articles. On 4 December at 3.00 pm India (GMT+5.5), Runa Mazumdar and Preetha Ramprasat will host the first Journal Club. Md Noor and Premjit Bhakat will present the second webinar on 18 December at 3.00 pm India (GMT+5.5). For more information, please contact Nilesh Thite.

COMMUNICATIONS

From this year, we are making changes to our membership renewal process to ensure exclusive access to full benefits for our paid-up members. Our new renewal schedule is as follows:

• Annual invoices will be sent out to existing members in November
• Payment of your annual membership renewal fee is due before 1 January
• Access to full membership benefits will end on 31 January if payment is not received
• A late fee will be payable for members who have not paid by the end of February

Please contact your IACLE Representative or reach us at iacle@iacle.org if you have any questions.

Thank you for your continued support

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TLC Initiative Monthly Issue #6

Teach. Learn. Connect. in November

The TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect.) Initiative is IACLE’s new online education and communications program that will supplement our existing educational activities. Our aim is to support our members, students and industry as recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Please note that login details for every event are in IACLE’s new calendar under Member Login

GLOBAL

Global experts speak on myopia management

Our next global webinar series starts on Tuesday 3 November with ‘Myopia development and its progression’, hosted by Professor Nicola Logan from Aston University, Birmingham, UK. The full agenda and Zoom details can be found below (speakers l-r):

Date3 November at 12:00 noon (GMT)
Topic: Myopia development and its progression
SpeakerProfessor Nicola LoganAston University, Birmingham, UK
Zoom login details are provided in the member login of our website in the events calendar

Date10 November at 10:00 am (GMT)
Topic: Methods of controlling myopia
SpeakerProfessor Padmaja Sankaridurg, the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Zoom login details are provided in the member login of our website in the events calendar

Date17 November at 12:00 noon (GMT)
Topic: Contact lenses for myopia control
SpeakerProfessor Mark Bullimore, the University of Houston, Texas, USA
Zoom login details are provided in the member login of our website in the events calendar 

Date24 November at 10:00 am (GMT)
Topic: Bringing myopia control to practice
SpeakerDr Kate GiffordMyopia Profile, Brisbane, Australia
Zoom login details are provided in the member login of our website in the events calendar

Members can watch live online via Zoom or through our Facebook page. Recorded versions of the series will be available on IACLETOP.

IACLETOP


What can IACLETOP offer you?

The content for the IACLE Case Report Series has been refreshed and transformed into a new format. Each series contains several case reports designed to support a self-directed learning experience for members. The first four case series were launched at the end of October, and in a first for IACLE, certificates of completion will be awarded.


Did you know?

When registering for the Online Student Trial Exam (STE), a dedicated Student Area is made accessible to give support to students in the assessment journey and is also a space for members to develop and deliver teaching material. For more information, please contact Professor Craig Woods.


Coming up…

Content for the Case Report Series will continue to grow, adding a total number of 10 series to the Teaching Online Platform (TOP) over the coming months. The cases will be delivered in a variety of formats to support the learning experience of students, either as self-directed learning or as flipped classes.

REGIONAL

Spanish-speaking webinars in November

Weekly webinars to be conducted in November across Latin America live on IACLE’s Facebook Page. Contact IACLE Latin America Coordinator Willy Carrillo for more information. 

4 November at 11.00 am Colombia (GMT-5)
Topic: Strengthening basic training
Presenter: John Jairo Valencia

11 November at 11.00 am Mexico (GMT-5)
Topic: Parents’ perceptions of visual health and contact lens wear
Presenter: Arturo Aguirre

18 November at 11.00 am Colombia (GMT-5)
Topic: Fitting soft toric contact lenses in post-refractive surgery patients
Presenter: Adriana Navarrete

19 November at 4:00 pm Argentina (GMT-3)
Topic: Importance of comfort and compliance in contact lens wear
Presenters: Ingrid Pedraza, Gabriel Cordone, Enzo Ghilliasa and Joselyn Retamales

25 November at 1.00 pm Argentina (GMT-3)
Topic: Myopia control and binocular vision
Presenter: Andrea Monteleone

NATIONAL

IACLE webinar in Bahasa

On Sunday 22 November at 11.00 am Jakarta (GMT+7)Lucia Sutedja is hosting a webinar on the topic of ‘Cases of RGP fitting practices’.

Members and students can tune into the webinar live via Zoom. A recorded version of the webinar will be available on IACLETOP after the event has taken place. Bahasa-speaking members will be contacted by Asia Pacific Regional Coordinator Dr Cheni Lee with login details.

COMMUNICATIONS

Keep a look out for an announcement on the changes we are making to our membership renewal system for 2021.

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TLC Initiative Monthly Issue #5

Teach. Learn. Connect. in October

The TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect.) Initiative is IACLE’s new online education and communications program that will supplement our existing educational activities. Our aim is to support our members, students and industry as recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Please note that login details for every event are in IACLE’s new calendar under Member Login

GLOBAL

Virtual conference brings members worldwide together

More than 200 delegates watched live online as IACLE hosted its first-ever virtual conference, to bring the focus ‘Back to contact lenses’ (26 September). IACLE’s board and staff members, educators and industry representatives from across the globe discussed their thoughts and experiences on the current state of the contact lens industry, education and practice. The conference is now available to watch on IACLETOP.

Look out for a full report in our October newsletter

IACLETOP


What can IACLETOP offer you?

IACLETOP is an online Learning Management System, acting as the central location for our online resources and teaching materials. So far, IACLE has delivered 37 webinars during 2020 that are available to watch through IACLETOP. The Online Student Trial Exam has become available in Bahasa, Chinese, Korean and Spanish. 


NEW this month

The latest IACLE Contact Lens Course (ICLC2020) is now available to access via IACLETOP. The previous version (ICLC2015) is translated into Chinese, French, Italian, Spanish and Korean, with some content from the original ICLC available in German, Portuguese and Russian.

Did you know?

All members can now access the Teacher Area – this is an area that provides information on the Online STE, plus user guides to help you make the most of IACLETOP. When registering for the Online Student Trial Exam, a dedicated Student Area is made accessible. A number of our educator members have already started to create learning content for their students. 


Coming up…

Updating and transferring the IACLE Case Report Series to IACLETOP is now underway. New interactive options for self-directed learning will be added, great for using with students as flipped classroom content.

REGIONAL

Latin America weekly webinar series in Spanish continues

Weekly webinars to be conducted in September across Latin America live on IACLE’s Facebook Page. Contact IACLE Latin America Coordinator Willy Carrillo for more information. 

7 October at 11.00 am Peru (GMT-5)
Topic: Adequate management of the care and maintenance of contact lenses: What not to forget?
PresentersDiana Orozco

14 October at 11.00 am Peru (GMT-5)
Topic: Panel discussion on ‘Opportunities in the contact lens market post COVID-19’
Presenter: Edison Gamarra

28 October at 10.00 am Columbia (GMT-5)
Topic: The ocular surface and contact lens fitting
Presenter: Ana Olave

28 October at 11.00 am Mexico (GMT-5)
Topic: Parent perception of visual health and contact lens wear
Presenter: Arturo Aguirre

NATIONAL

India webinar series on IACLETOP

On Friday 9 October at 3.00 pm India (GMT+5.5), Nirav Mehta is hosting a webinar via Zoom to discuss his experience of using IACLETOP. Executive Manager of Global Education Lakshmi Shinde and Atanu Samanta are also hosting a case discussion based around IACLETOP on Friday 23 October at 3.00 pm India (GMT+5.5).

IACLE webinar in Bahasa

On Sunday 25 October at 11:00 am Jakarta (GMT+7), Febry Corina and Cheni Lee are hosting a webinar on the topic of ‘A fresh look at astigmatism and fitting soft toric lenses’.

Members and students can take part live via Zoom. A recorded version will be available on IACLETOP. Bahasa-speaking members will be contacted with login details.

COMMUNICATIONS

As we continue to grow our online presence through our social media channels, our follower count has increased throughout the year across all platforms. To keep up to date with our latest news and webinar reminders, follow us on social media by clicking on the links at the top of this newsletter.

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TLC Initiative Monthly Issue #4

Teach. Learn. Connect. in September

The TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect.) Initiative is IACLE’s new online education and communications program that will supplement our existing educational activities. Our aim is to support our members, students and industry as recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Please note that login details for every event are in IACLE’s new calendar under Member Login

GLOBAL

Register now for our half-day conference

On Saturday 26 September, IACLE is hosting a virtual conference to bring the focus ‘Back to contact lenses’. An industry panel will reflect on the impact of the COVID-19 situation since the start of the pandemic, how consumers have been affected and give their input on how the rest of 2020 may play out.

The virtual conference will take place from 12 noon BST (GMT+1) via Zoom for members.

Find more details and register

IACLETOP


What can IACLETOP offer you?

IACLETOP is an online Leaning Management System and will soon become IACLE’s central location to access online resources and teaching materials. Webinars delivered during 2020 are available on IACLETOP in seven different languages. The extensive content supports contact lens educators in teaching their students. 


NEW this month

The IACLE Contact Lens Course (ICLC2020) is now available to access via IACLETOP, as well as via our website under Member Login. The six modules are delivered in an online format or as downloadable files.


Coming up…

From this month, the previous version of the course – ICLC2015 – will be available on IACLETOP in six different languages. The highly popular IACLE Case Report Series is currently being restructured and reviewed, and will be accessible in a more interactive way. 

Are you thinking of completing the IACLE Fellowship? The next Fellowship Exam is scheduled to take place in 2021 and IACLETOP will provide help with preparation. Look out for more information to come.

REGIONAL

IACLE LA continues weekly webinar series in Spanish

Weekly webinars will be conducted in September across Latin America live on IACLE’s Facebook Page. Contact Americas Regional Coordinator Willy Carrillo for more information.  

2 September at 10.00 am Guatemala (GMT-6)
Topic: Shared experiences in contact lens practice
Presenters: Jose Lay and Aldo Ortiz

9 September at 11.00 am Ecuador (GMT-5)
Topic: Irregular cornea management with special soft contact lens design
Presenter: Fernando Rodriguez 

14 September at 3.00 pm Colombia (GMT-5)
Topic: Keratoconus diagnosis through ocular tomography
Presenter: Jorge Vargas 

16 September at 1.00 pm Argentina (GMT-3)
Topic: We should specialise, fit and supply disposable contact lenses
Presenter: Eduardo Elvira

23 September at 11.00 am Colombia (GMT-5)
Topic: Signs and symptoms associated to RGP wear
Presenter: Juan Camilo Cuesta

30 September at 11.00 am Mexico (GMT-5)
Topic: Ocular surface and contact lenses
Presenter: Ale de la Hoya

NATIONAL

IACLE webinars in Korean

Korea National Coordinator Kyounghee Park is hosting a webinar on ‘How to use IACLE’s Online Student Trial Exam (STE) via IACLETOP’ on Friday 4 September at 11 am South Korea (GMT+9).  FIACLE Jeongmee Kim from Far East University will conduct a webinar on ‘Myopia management with orthokeratology lenses’ on Tuesday 22 September at 11 am South Korea (GMT+9).  For more information contact Korea National Coordinator Kyounghee Park.

IACLE webinar in Bahasa

On Sunday 20 September at 11:00 am Jakarta (GMT+7)Mohammad Husein is hosting a webinar on the topic of ‘Writing multiple-choice questions – education department guidelines’. Members and students can take part live via Zoom. A recorded version will be available on IACLETOP. Bahasa-speaking members will be contacted with login details.

COMMUNICATIONS

Due to the current rapidly changing situation, IACLE is adding new online resources and events each month. Following a review of our communications, our Global Member Newsletter will now be available in Spanish, Korean and Simplified Chinese (if required), in addition to English. 

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TLC Initiative Monthly Issue #3

Teach. Learn. Connect. in August

The TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect.) Initiative is IACLE’s new online education and communications program that will supplement our existing educational activities. Our aim is to support our members, students and industry as recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

GLOBAL

Save the date for a half-day virtual conference

On Saturday 26 September, IACLE is hosting a virtual conference to ‘Bring the focus back to contact lenses’. A range of topics will be discussed including next steps for contact lens education, practice and for the industry. We will hear from educators themselves and also from the perspective of Industry through a panel discussion. Look out for the agenda details.

IACLETOP

IACLE has officially launched its Online Student Trial Exam (STE) which is now live on IACLETOP. The STE is designed to support educators whose students are unable to attend their institutions in a face-to-face setting or who wish to assess their students’ knowledge online. The STE will initially be conducted in English, with translations into Spanish, Korean, Chinese (Simplified) and Bahasa to be completed by September.

IACLE is pleased to announce that the first of its series of Flashcards will be available on IACLETOP from this month. The Flashcards are A4 sheets plus PowerPoint and Nearpod presentations summarising key aspects of a particular skill – such as soft lens application and removal – that can be used as a reference source, a reminder of the steps of a specific skill as well as the basis for a practical class on the topic.

REGIONAL

Latin America weekly webinar series in Spanish continues

Weekly webinars to be conducted in August across Latin America live on IACLE’s Facebook Page. Contact IACLE Americas Regional Coordinator Guillermo Carrillo for more information.

5 August at 11.00 am Mexico (GMT-5)
Topic: Premium contact lens practice
Presenters: Jeannine Hernandez and Guillermo Carrillo

5 August at 5.00 pm Colombia (GMT-5)
Topic: Tear film and its interaction with contact lenses
Presenters: Iris Hernandez, Leticia Orozco, Patricia Flores, Nelson Merchan, Ricardo Pintor and Edward Carmona

12 August at 11.00 am Mexico (GMT-5)
Topic: Success factors in fitting multifocal contact lenses
Presenters: Ricardo Pintor and Giovanni Cruz

19 August at 11.00 am Ecuador (GMT-5)
Topic: Simulation on clinical practice: the big challenge
Presenters: Yasmin Alvarez and Patricia Duran

25 August at 11.00 am Colombia (GMT-5)
Topic: Findings registering good clinical practice
Presenter: Myriam Mayorga

26 August at 1.00 pm Argentina (GMT-3)
Topic: Continuing education: what can we do for students and young practitioners?
Presenters: Sabrina Lara and Eduardo Salischiker

NATIONAL

India webinar series on IACLE STE

IACLE Executive Manager of Global Education Lakshmi Shinde and Executive Manager of Educational Programs Nilesh Thite are hosting two panel discussions to explore and discuss the Online Student Trial Exam on 7 August and 21 August at 3.00 pm India (GMT + 5.5).

IACLE webinar in Bahasa

On Sunday 16 August at 11:00 am Jakarta (GMT+7), Abdul Halim is hosting a webinar on the topic of ‘Students’ assessment system – pre and post COVID-19’.

Members and students can take part live via Zoom. A recorded version will be available on IACLETOP. Bahasa-speaking members will be contacted with login details.

IACLE webinar in Korean

FIACLE Jeongmee Kim from Far East University is hosting a webinar on ‘Myopia management with orthokeratology lenses’ on Wednesday 26 August at 11 am Korea (GMT +8). For more information contact IACLE Korea National Coordinator Kyounghee Park rgp0104@hanmail.net.

COMMUNICATIONS

IACLE’s Facebook page extended its Post reach by almost 400% in the four weeks following the launch of the TLC Initiative in mid-June. Page followers increased 247% over the period 23 June – 20 July and Likes rose 295%. Read the full analysis.

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