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A structured, blended learning program towards proficiency in epileptology: the launch of the ILAE Academy Level 2 Program Ahead of print


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1 Department of Neuropathology, University Hospital Erlangen, Erlangen, Germany, Member of the ERN EpiCARE
2 Baden-Baden, Germany
3 ILAE Academy, USA
4 Department of Education / Innovation in Learning Institute, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
5 Department of Psychology, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany. Marion Händel is now at the Department of Psychology, University of Augsburg, Germany
6 Department of Paediatric Neurology, Red Cross War Memorial Childrens Hospital, Neuroscience Institute, University of Cape Town, South Africa
7 Department of Neurology, B.L.Kapur Hospital (Max Health Care Group), Centre for Neurosciences, Pusa Road, New Delhi-110005, India
8 Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
9 Department of Neurology, School of Medical Sciences, University of Campinas - UNICAMP; and the Brazilian Institute of Neuroscience and Neurotechnology (BRAINN), Campinas, SP, Brazil
10 Department of Paediatric Clinical Epileptology, Sleep Disorders and Functional Neurology, University Hospitals of Lyon (HCL), Member of the ERN EpiCARE, Lyon, France; Epilepsy Research, Children’s Hospital San Juan de Dios, Member of the ERN EpiCARE, Barcelona, Spain
11 Department of Clinical Neurophysiology, Danish Epilepsy Centre, Affiliated Partner of the ERN EpiCARE, and Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark; Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
12 Danish Epilepsy Centre Filadelfia, Dianalund, Denmark, and Vilnius University, Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Clinical Medicine, Clinic of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Lithuania
13 Department of Neurology, North Bristol NHS trust, Bristol, UK
14 Department of Clinical & Experimental Epilepsy, University College London, Queen Square, Institute of Neurology, London, United Kingdom
15 Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Canada
* Correspondence: Ingmar BlümckeDepartment of Neuropathology, University Hospital Erlangen, Erlangen, Germany

The ILAE Academy is the online learning platform of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) and offers a structured educational program addressing the competency-based ILAE curriculum in epileptology. The platform was launched in July 2020 with a self-paced course portfolio of interactive e-learning modules addressing ILAE Level 1 learning objectives, defined as the entry level in epileptology. Using feedback questionnaires from completed Level 1 courses as well as sociodemographic and learning-related data obtained from 47 participants, we show that over 50% of learners have an entry level in epileptology and do not have access to on-site training and over 40%do not have access to on-site training. Most respondents found the case-based e-learning modules relevant to their practice needs, and the time for completion was regarded as viable for most, reiterating the value of an online self-paced training in the field. Participants who have successfully completed all compulsory e-learning material of the Level 1 program and received their final certificate will now be eligible to subscribe to the Level 2 program. The Level 2 program addressing the proficiency level of the ILAE curriculum of epileptology was launched on the ILAE Academy platform in May 2022. The Level 2 program will offer an evolving series of self-paced, interactive, case-based e-learning modules on diagnosis, treatment, and counseling of common as well as rare epilepsies at a higher level of care. An interactive online EEG and MRI reader was developed and is embedded into the course content to satisfy the demands of the learners. The hallmark of this level will be the blended learning with tutored online courses, e.g., the established VIREPA courses on EEG and the newly introduced VIREPAMRI program. Our distinguished faculty willhold live tutored online courses in small groups in various languages and continental time zones. Finally, the ILAE face-to-face curricular teaching courses at summer schools and congresses will represent another pillar of this advanced teaching level. The ILAE Academy will also provide Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits to support career planning in epileptology.

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