About the PBI Virtual Live Classroom®
PBI Virtual Live Classroom®: Live, Interactive Remedial Education
The PBI Education Virtual Live Classroom utilizes Zoom to provide impactful education in a safer, more accessible environment. After more than two years of delivering remedial education through a virtual platform, we have found that virtual courses accomplish the same objectives as traditional in-person courses, and provide many unexpected advantages.
Virtual Live Classroom Features:
- Face-to-face: Live video conference allows for a real-time presentation of content in an interactive learning environment
- Limited course size: 12-16 participant limit allows for 1:1 interaction with Course Faculty
- Participant identity verification: Course Proctors verify identity of participation throughout course
- Strict participation requirements: Video and audio participation required, attendance monitored by Course Proctors and Faculty
- Eliminated travel: More immediate intervention, allows for change in practice sooner, resulting in safer clinicians and patient care
- Equivalent to “in-person”: Consistent standards for participation, attendance, and professionalism
Virtual Live Classroom Demo
Frequent Questions About Virtual
PBI Course Proctors and Faculty visually observe participants for compliance with course policies.
- Webcams are required to be on and participants must be on screen for the duration of the course
- Participants are expected to give the course their full attention, multi-tasking is not acceptable
Prior to a course, all participants attend a mandatory “Eligibility Checkpoint” with a Course Proctor, on Zoom, to ensure they have the capabilities to participate and are familiar with the technology.
Webcams are required to be on and participants must to present on screen for the duration of the course. While short breaks are provided, excessive absence or lack of participation will result in course failure.
Course Proctors confirm identity prior to the course during the “Eligibility Checkpoint” and collect an identification photo. This image is used throughout the course to verify identify and ensure impersonation does not occur.
All participants are required to:
- Sign a confidentiality agreement
- Participate from a private location
- Abstain from recording video/audio or taking photos during the course
- Virtual/modified backgrounds are not permitted
- Technology is encrypted and secure
- Participants are identified by first name and last initial only
Pass/fail criteria remains consistent with criteria for “in-person” courses:
- Full attendance and active participation is required for the duration of the course. Partial attendance or sub-par participation result in course failure.
- Oral presentation of their Personalized Protection Plan is required, demonstrating understanding and application of course content.
- Disruptive/unprofessional behavior is not accepted and will result in removal and course failure.
- Basic computer literacy
- Laptop or desktop computer with webcam, speakers and microphone
- Private space with strong, reliable internet connection
Note: Cell phones are NOT an approved device for course participation.
PBI Education Course Formats Compared
Participants travel to attend their course on the scheduled date. Course content and group discussion is facilitated by faculty, face-to-face, in a conference room environment.
*Due to health and safety concerns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, this format in currently unavailable.
Virtual Live Classroom
Participants join a live, video Zoom meeting on their scheduled course date. Course content and group discussion is facilitated by faculty, face-to-face, in real-time. Course proctors verify participant’s identity, attendance, and participation throughout the course.
Participant uses a web-enabled device (computer, tablet, or cell phone) to review course content on-demand, independently, at their own pace. These courses are prevention focused, typically offering 2-3 CME/CE credits.
PBI Education Course Format Comparison Chart
|Accredited for CME/CE credit||X||X||X|
|Content developed by subject matter experts||X||X||X|
|Required pre-course assignments||X||X|
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|Real-time presentation of curricular content||X||X|
|1:1 interaction between participant and Course Faculty||X||X|
|Interactive group discussions and activities||X||X|
|Intensive process of self-assessment and introspection||X||X|
|Oral presentation of Personalized Protection Plan||X||X|
|Participant identity verification||X||X|
|Course proctors confirm participant expectations are met||X|
|1:1 pre-course technology training||X|
Explore our Blogs to Learn More
- The Case for Rapidly Deployed Remedial EducationA synopsis of PBI’s poster presented at the 2021 AIM/FSMB Spotlight Poster Session.
- Virtual Courses Should Be Here to StayTheir effectiveness and immediacy improve public safety. Editorial by Stephen Schenthal, MD, MSW, PBI Education founder Remedial education is on the cusp of a new era. When pandemic-related restrictions made in-person courses impossible, remedial education providers launched virtual programs. We have been delighted by the success of our effort, PBI Education’s Virtual Live Classroom®. These […]
- The Virtues of the Virtual ClassroomNecessity is often the mother of invention. In PBI Education’s case, it was more like a midwife. The company had already spent months developing its virtual education format, the PBI Virtual Live Classroom®, when the first COVID-19 cases started showing up in the U.S. “We were all ready to go, but we were taking it […]
- PBI Education: Offering Courses in a PBI Virtual Live Classroom® FormatWe are excited to announce our new PBI Virtual Live Classroom® course format. Continue reading for more information and to watch our demonstration video. Takeaway points: PBI Education began the development of its new PBI Virtual Live Classroom® (VLC) several years ago, long before COVID-19 was a concern. According to Mark Schenthal, PBI Education President, […]