Online Learning Platform Debuts at Annual Meeting

By: Maureen Geoghegan

The AAOS education strategy approved by the Board of Directors in 2013 and managed under the direction of the Council on Education is reaching a major milestone here in San Diego: the introduction of a new online learning platform.

Made possible through the implementation of a Learning Management System (LMS), the new online learning platform enables members to access a more personalized and practice-relevant set of online educational experiences. It offers a selection of free content, including video-based continuing medical education (CME) modules, an orthopaedic quiz builder tool based on past Orthopaedic Knowledge Update self-assessment content, and self-directed learning segments on clinical and treatment principles for musculoskeletal oncology. It is also a convenient online resource for members to use in managing their CME and Maintenance of Certification (MOC)-related requirements.

“This new education platform will help members reenergize their continuing education quest by providing an engaging and exciting variety of learning opportunities and approaches in the area of orthopaedics most relevant to their practice, all in one place,” said AAOS Chief Education Officer Ellen Moore, who served as architect of the education strategy.

The online education platform enables the AAOS to design and more quickly deploy a wide range of learning experiences, such as case-based modules, self-paced activities, shorter educational bursts called microlearning, interactive self-assessments, video-based surgical techniques programs, and more.

“This platform will offer a continuously updated collection of free resources for members, while also enabling the Academy to bundle high-value collections of content aligned with career stage and specialty level,” explained Ms. Moore.

“The new online education experience reinforces the Academy’s position as the trusted source for lifelong orthopaedic learning,” added Evan L. Flatow, MD, chair of the AAOS Council on Education.

Give us your feedback
All members are invited to experience a hands-on demonstration of the new online learning platform and speak with instructional designers and other AAOS staff members involved with developing the education modules as well as future offerings. Throughout the meeting, Academy members are encouraged to visit the AAOS Resource Center in Academy Hall, located in the Sails Pavilion, and to provide their feedback on the new online learning platform.

“We want to know what members think of the sample content, how they want to engage and interact with these new learning opportunities, and what kinds of learning experiences they need,” said Brian Moore, AAOS senior manager of Online Learning. “We need our members’ feedback to shape what we offer and how we offer it in the future.”

Ultimately, the new online education platform will also facilitate the extension of face-to-face learning beyond the onsite classroom setting by making pre- and post-coursework, which may include videos, available on-demand. Video presentations and handouts from the instructional course lectures (ICLs) and symposia in the ten education tracks offered at this year’s Annual Meeting will be available through the new online learning platform. If you purchased and attended an education track in San Diego, it will be available to you in early June for free. If you did not purchase an education track, the online tracks are available for individual purchase. Details are available in the AAOS Resource Center.

Members can also explore the new online learning platform independently by logging in with their Academy credentials at                 

Maureen Geoghegan is director of the AAOS marketing department.