Web Lectures & Discussion Forums
IACLE currently offers a range of online lectures, discussions, webinars and radio programs across a variety of platforms:
- Global live and recorded lectures
Since April 2020, IACLE has been delivering live narrated lectures for members worldwide to take part. The first series of online lectures via the Zoom platform ran daily over a week on the theme ‘Building successful contact lens practice’. These have been followed by weekly lectures each Tuesday, on hot topics in contact lenses. Each lecture lasts one hour and includes a Q&A session. Recorded versions of the lectures are available via Member Login under Video Resources for members to share with their students.
- Regular Webinars
Weekly live lectures and discussions are also taking place every Friday, broadcast in English via the Zoom platform by the IACLE India team and FIACLEs, to members in the Asia Pacific region.
- National live lectures
Countries such as China, Colombia, Ecuador and Germany are running their own live lectures for members and students, organized locally and delivered in local languages via the Zoom and WeChat platforms.
- Other national live lectures
Countries such as China, Colombia, Ecuador, Germany and Korea are running their own live lectures for members and students, organized locally and delivered in local languages via the Zoom and WeChat platforms.
- Web Lectures & Discussion Forums
Individual, paired or groups of institutions can take part in these online events for members and students (see below), usually delivered via the WebEx platform. Topics and speakers can be tailored to the requirements of the institutions.
- IACLE in the World Radio
This weekly program on Franja Visual Radio offers discussion on different contact lens topics for members across the Americas region. Introduced in 2018, IACLE in the World has reached 13 countries: Colombia, Perú, Mexico, Ecuador, Argentina, Guatemala, Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras and Brazil.
Following our first series of live narrated lectures, FIACLE David Berkow from Berkow Optometrists in Israel, said: ‘Thank you for a most interesting series of presentations. I found them all to be very informative. I will use the information presented to teach others when the relevant subject is taught.’ FIACLE Prasad Sawant from Bharati Vidyapeeth School of Optometry, Pune, India commented: Thank you IACLE. Wonderful insights on contact lens dropouts and ways to limit them.’
About our Web Lectures & Discussion Forums
IACLE’s Web Lectures were first piloted in September 2012 at priority institutions in India. More were then conducted across Latin America, including Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Mexico. Due to their success IACLE made this a regular service, broadcast live across countries and regions.
Since 2016 IACLE China has been using WeChat, one of the most popular messaging apps in China. The platform is set up to facilitate communication among IACLE members. On this platform, which is real time, members and industry share their teaching experiences and teaching materials.
Web Lectures & Discussion Forums were initially delivered using WebEx software. They average between 45 minutes to 1 hour and are usually followed by audience discussion. IACLE coordinates these events with local members. IACLE arranges the speakers and works with members to set the topics. Members then arrange facilities at the location of delivery, such as meeting room and projector.
This program has been well received and students and educators expressed their desire to participate in more lectures in future.
For more information please contact Nilesh Thite, IACLE’s Director of Educational Programs on: firstname.lastname@example.org.