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LIV makes rapid transition to online CPD offering

LIV makes rapid transition to online CPD offering

By Karin Derkley

Continuing Legal Education COVID-19 Practice Management 

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Last week’s LIV CPD intensive was successfully transitioned to online delivery within days after public events were restricted because of the coronavirus - and all LIV educational activities, including resources to help practices deal with COVID-19, will now be available online.

In what one presenter described as a "remarkable and astounding" feat, staff from the LIV events, professional development and IT support teams worked to move 18 sessions over to a fully digital offering for 230 participants at extremely short notice.

The online intensive is the first of a series of LIV conferences, practice management courses and other CPD and educational offerings that will be offered completely online over the coming months.

LIV general manager, Member Knowledge and Learning Kellie Hamilton said the team had already been moving to a hybrid delivery to give attendees the choice to access the CPD intensive online when government advice came in prohibiting gatherings of more than 100 people.

At the same time, VLSB Commissioner Fiona McLeay made it clear that the 31 March deadline for CPD points was not being extended but announced that in light of the new restrictions it was possible for practitioners to use audio-visual materials and self-directed learning to achieve those points.

"That's when we decided we had to make this happen," Ms Hamilton said. "We really wanted to make sure we could provide continuity of service to our members."

The LIV engaged managed webinar service firm Cahoot Learning to help facilitate the operations, but Ms Hamilton said it was the "monumental effort of everyone working together – staff, presenters and chairs" that was key to the success, given the extremely tight turnaround.

"And it was our presenters’ willingness to do things differently that made it possible," she said. "A lot of them had to adapt their session, or change the timing of their session. Some presenters had to pull out and others stepped in for us at very short notice."

Along with his normal property law practice management session, LIV property law section member Simon Libbis filled in for two other sessions to cover panel members who were no longer able to present to the succession and family law streams.

"It was remarkable how well it worked," Mr Libbis said. "I initially thought the whole thing was going to have to be cancelled. But I was astounded at how quickly it was brought together and how good it was.

“It really was a case of necessity being the mother of invention. I think people were grateful they were still able to get their CPD and we all accepted that this is the way we've got to do it now."

Most of the 38 presenters presented from the LIV building, while some presented from remote locations. Attendees were able to ask questions of presenters and panels using the chatbox.

"The feedback was really positive,” Mr Libbis said. “I think everyone got the information they wanted. And for us it still felt like an interactive experience because we could see people's questions coming up on the screen and could answer those questions.”

Sponsors too were able to adapt to the new CPD Intensive format.

InfoTrack delivered a remote presentation to those at the property law intensive, discussing cybersecurity in the new working environment, while Legalsuper and Unified IT created videos that were shown within each of the intensives.

Other sponsors working in the digital space have also been adapting their offerings in response to COVID-19 to assist members in being able to work from home effectively. 

The experience has given the LIV confidence to provide all its usual face-to-face activities and programs online for as long as it takes to get back to normal, Ms Hamilton said. The webinars also mean the LIV’s educational program will in future be accessible to its regional practitioners without them having to travel to the city.

"This truly was learning in action and demonstrated that we are able to be agile and responsive and able to provide continuity of service in this time," she said.

This week the LIV is running the Commercial Law and the Personal Injury conferences as webinars, as well as lunchtime webinars, inlcuding one about contingency planning under COVID-19, and the Practice Essentials series. Find information about all LIV activities here.

The Practice Management Course has also been moved completely online. The March course is already fully subscribed, but there are openings for the May and June courses.


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