By Andrea Johnston, Director of Admissions & Education
In response to the COVID-19 situation and recognizing the financial hardship this pandemic is causing our members, the CPD Department is launching a streaming service pilot project. Users gain access to all content, including our entire bank of recorded webinars and seminars, by purchasing a 12-month subscription to the CPD OnDemand platform. From the Law Society’s perspective, this is a creative opportunity to continue to fulfil our mandate to promote competence by offering a CPD option that is affordable, easily accessible and convenient for our members.
The CPD OnDemand user interface and user experience are intuitive and simple, and offers full Browse and Search functionality. All supporting materials and PowerPoint presentations associated with a recording will be accessible through links included with the recording.
To assist our members in maintaining and further developing competence as they navigate these very challenging times, we are introducing CPD OnDemand at a very low price of $349/subscriber for a 12-month subscription. This special pandemic pricing of $349 will be offered until August 31, 2020. Following that, members should expect an increase in the subscription cost to reflect actual operating costs for the Law Society to continue to produce the educational content available in CPD OnDemand.
Any members who have already spent $349 on Law Society CPD since January 1, 2020 can contact us to receive a free subscription, while any members who have spent under $349 on Law Society CPD this year can pay the difference between $349 and what they have already spent, to receive their year long subscription.
The Law Society will continue to develop and deliver live CPD programming (priced at our standard registration rates). CPD OnDemand subscribers will be given a coupon code to attend live webinars for free and to receive $75 off registration fees for live seminars (note: live in-person seminars have ceased, but will resume once it is safe to do so). Webinars will be added to the CPD OnDemand catalogue immediately after the live webinar. There will be a 6-month delay in adding recordings of seminars to the CPD OnDemand catalogue.
This initiative is a pilot project which will allow us to collect information and feedback, and evaluate whether this is a desirable service for our members long-term. The CPD Department is hopeful that implementing this concept as a pilot project this year will assist our members and provide value to them during these unprecedented and uncertain times, while also allowing the Law Society to continue to support our members in maintaining competence, as well as to gain valuable information that will inform CPD programming decisions going forward.
The platform is already live and populated with our recorded CPD content. We are excited to have launched the CPD OnDemand platform on Monday, May 25, 2020.
To check it out or to subscribe to the platform, visit: http://ondemand.www.lawsociety.sk.ca/