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Marilyn MorrisMarilyn Morris, Ph.D., is the 2013 AAPS president-elect.

With the development of the Web, elearning is an increasingly important tool for professional learning. AAPS elearning began in 2005 with 3 webinars, and this year we are offering 30 webinars for our members free of charge. Because of high demand, we have budgeted for 40 webinars for next year. Each webinar consists of a 30–40 minute presentation followed by the presenter(s) answering questions posed by listeners. In 2012, our volunteer presenters and moderators conducted 20 hours of webinars, serving more than 3,000 attendees in 29 countries.

AAPS webinars provide insight into many different pharmaceutical science areas, from Approaches to the Investigation of Dissolution Testing Changes and Failures to Global Considerations for Stability Protocol to Nanoparticle and Microparticle Combinations in Modified Release Oral Suspensions. You can participate in live webinars or view the recorded webinars anytime as an AAPS member, and AAPS esubscribers can view recorded webinars after 30 days. Webinars are an easy, effective way to learn more about a specific topic and join in a conversation. Have an idea for a webinar? Consider proposing a topic!

In order to meet the continuing education needs of members and others in the pharmaceutical sciences, AAPS recently released its first ecourse. The creation of this ecourse was reinforced by the findings of an elearning taskforce that surveyed AAPS members regarding their interest in elearning programs that could potentially address training gaps. As a result of the taskforce, AAPS invested in a new technology platform to offer self-paced on-demand online course offerings. The first elearning course, Biotechnology 101, was launched in November 2012. Biotechnology 101 is a series of 25 prerecorded lectures divided into modules on specific topics in biotechnology.  This was developed under the leadership of Jean Lee and the BIOTEC and PPDM sections, with contributions from many scientists who developed or reviewed presentations. Each lecture consists of a 40–50 minute presentation followed by a set of 5–10 questions to serve as an evaluation. Successful completion of a lecture, module, or course—determined by an 80% success rate on all course questions—results in the participant receiving a certificate of completion. There is a charge for the course so that it is self-sustaining, but sponsorships result in the course being free for many students and postdoctoral fellows.

elearning has now taken off, with many sections, focus groups, and members submitting new programming. Under development are Translational Sciences 101; Selecting Candidates with Good Oral Exposure; Immunogenicity of Biologically Based Therapeutics; Regulatory Affairs 101; Sterile Products Development: Fundamentals, Recent Advances, and Case Studies; and Fundamentals of Dosage Forms and Development, among others. Some may be relatively short—6 lectures are the minimum—and others with up to 20–25 lectures. Look for these in 2013 and 2014!

If you are interested in submitting a course proposal or course idea, contact Stacey May at mays@aaps.org.

The current ecourse format is for prerecorded, on-demand courses. Should we be expanding ecourses to other more interactive formats?