IACLE shares success of teaching initiative

Launched to support educators and students during the pandemic, the initiative offers online education and resources

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The International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE) has reported the success of an initiative launched to support educators, students and the contact lens industry during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Launched three months ago, the ‘Teach. Learn. Connect’ initiative provides an online education programme and communications campaign, running as supplement to IACLE’s existing activities.

This has included live and recorded webinars on a global, regional and national scale, aiming to help educators and students to adapt to new ways of teaching and learning.

Over this period, at least 4,828 educators and students have taken part in the webinars.

IACLE is now holding its first virtual conference, titled ‘Back to Contact Lenses,’ on 26 September. Both non-members and students will be able to participate in some of the conference sessions through the IACLE Facebook page, including an industry panel discussion on the impact of COVID-19 and the future for contact lens education, practice and the industry.

IACLE president, Dr Shehzad Naroo, commented: “The 'Teach. Learn. Connect.' Initiative has brought together many of IACLE’s existing resources, merged them with the new activities that IACLE is undertaking and housed them under one banner, making them more user-friendly and accessible. The result has been increased engagement with educators and their students.”

The association has also launched a new online teaching platform, IACLETOP, which brings together its resources and teaching materials into one central place. The group has recorded that 842 members have signed up for the new learning management system.

Resources included on the platform include a new online Student Trial Exam (STE), which has already been taken by 302 students from nine institutions worldwide.

IACLE plan to launch a new webinar series on 3 November, focused on myopia management. The first webinar will be presented by Professor Nicola Logan from Aston University, on the topic ‘What causes myopia and its progression? – Current understanding.’