CMSA Transitions to Improved Learning Management Platform in March

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New System Offers Case Managers Extensive, Web-Based and User-Friendly Resource for Continuing Education

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...higher-value professional development is now taking place in settings more similar to college courses and less like a lunchtime conference call. Busy people need help prioritizing the decision to learn.

Recognizing the ever-increasing need for quality case management education and resources, the Case Management Society of America (CMSA) will launch a completely new Learning Management System in March 2012. The new CMSA Educational Resource Library (ERL) will provide a dedicated learning platform for individual case managers and for employers looking to provide case management resources to their employees. The platform will feature a full complement of continuing education coursework, with increasingly advanced functionality to be added throughout the year.

“The new CMSA Educational Resource Library is a web-based platform easily accessible from any computer with Internet access. Designed with the case management community in mind, we believe this platform will support case managers across a variety of practice settings,” says CMSA Executive Director, Cheri A. Lattimer, RN, BSN. “What’s more exciting, however, is the advanced functionality that will allow instructors to engage and interact with their students using the collaborative technologies that students are embracing.”

Having pioneered the first online case management learning system in 2001, virtual education is not a new offering from the Case Management Society of America. Rather, the improvement will accommodate the modern association member, who prefers a deeper learning experience. Students will be provided a choice to purchase individual courses or course bundles at a significant savings in comparison to similar offerings by other industry providers.

According to CMSA President Mary Beth Newman, MSN, RN-BC, CMAC, CCP, CCM, “Basic content can be delivered in short, single-event webinars and webcasts; but higher-value professional development is now taking place in settings more similar to college courses and less like a lunchtime conference call. Busy people need help prioritizing the decision to learn. Scheduled study groups that require attendance and participation, along with peer-review and accountability to other professionals provide the ingredients to get those learners to show up! Where standalone webinars can be skipped or rescheduled, participation in multi-week courses requires full attention of learners.”

With this change, CMSA will retire the current Learning Management System. “It was the first resource of its kind for the case management industry, and has served the membership well,” says Lattimer. “Since its inception, however, there have been dramatic advances in learning technology. It would be a disservice to the case management community not to make the change.”

As the largest and oldest non-profit, multi-disciplinary care management professional association in the United States, CMSA has always remained committed to providing new and exciting opportunities and resources for its members. However, there are others within the case management community at-large who may also benefit from the case management coursework and collaboration included in the Resource Library. For that reason, the new platform will be open not only to CMSA members, but to nonmembers as well. Additionally, the Society serves a large number of employers of case managers who can use this new platform to deliver additional training and education specifically tailored to their needs.

CMSA remains dedicated to fostering the growth and development of the case management industry by continually advancing the delivery of education. Through such advancements, case managers have become recognized experts and vital participants in the care coordination team who empower people to understand and access quality, efficient health care.

About the Case Management Society of America (CMSA)
Established in 1990, the Case Management Society of America is the leading non-profit association dedicated to the support and development of the profession of case management. CMSA serves more than 11,000 members, 20,000 subscribers, and 75 chapters through educational forums, networking opportunities, legislative advocacy and establishing standards to advance the profession. For more information, visit http://www.cmsa.org or follow CMSA on Twitter @CMSANational.

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