There are many online educational opportunities that appear attractive for a number of reasons. Among them: they tend to be cheaper; they can be viewed from anywhere - home, place of work, etc. (reducing travel costs and inconvenience); often they can viewed at times convenient to the learner (but not always); and usually can be taken over a period of time, again convenient to the learner.
As attractive as that option might be, there are many ways that live courses provide a superior experience for the learner, especially when it comes to improving treatment skills for pediatric therapists. Such courses tend to be more in-depth, including important background information sometimes sacrificed in the short on-line versions. Live courses put the learner in an optimum learning environment, with the opportunity to seek clarification and get questions answered, discuss ideas generated with colleagues and instructors, and in many cases try hands on experiences with instructor feedback. A large block of CE hours can by gained in one weekend, without the distractions of work or everyday life, while gathering substantive information to directly improve the learner's practice.
The Richter AIR Symposium provides several other features simply not attainable in a "distance" learning situation. A variety of professionals come together to learn and share, creating a dynamic environment for learning. Networking with colleagues from other locations, work sites, professions is a unique and enriching experience of this venue. Interacting with speakers of national and international stature gives context and greater meaning to the information offered in each session that simply does not compare to the experience of watching a flat screen. It is actually possible to make the event into a working vacation or a learning retreat, depending on your inclination.
Live courses may cost more per credit, but they enrich the learner in a sense of community learning, and how much is the possibility of new contacts, practice groups, and new friends worth?