Midwives Learn: e-Learning courses

About ACM Online Courses

ACM offers a range of learning opportunities in variety of methods such as face to face, eLearning, and blended programs.  All ACM learning opportunities are specifically designed to help midwives gain important knowledge and skills to support their midwifery education and continuing professional development (CPD). Access to ACM learning opportunities are not limited to ACM members or midwives, however ACM members will benefit from discounted rates when access fees apply and content where identified may be midwifery specific.  

ACM online courses are one part of the ACM eLearning suite of programs.  They are a convenient and cost-effective way to deliver education to a large number of people who can be located in various places around Australia or indeed the world.  They provide on-demand access to content via the internet and as such can be accessed via computers, tablets and phones. 

Acces our online courses at Midwives Learn.

What is an ACM Online Course?

An ACM online course is called ACM eLearning.  Each course contains a standard set of modules and then topic specific content.  An online course is an alternative way for the ACM to deliver content that may otherwise be presented via a face to face workshop or conference.  It ensures that all learners access the same content regardless of when and where and allows the ACM to standardise information that is accessible nationally.

Accessing an ACM online course

Anyone can access an ACM online course as long as they have purchased access, are part of a bulk order agreement, or the ACM provides access to the online course free of charge.  ACM online courses can be purchased via the ACM website in the shop.  

Access is not limited to Australia as the courses are accessed online via the ACM Learning Management System – Midwives Learn.  Midwives Learn is hosted on a Moodle platform (http://learn.midwives.org.au).  In this space users will able to access the online courses and all of the content as identified in the section “What is include in an ACM Online Course?’ pertinent to the course they have access to.

ACM Online Courses and CPD

All ACM online courses can contribute to midwives (or other participants) accumulation of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours, which in the case of midwives can be used for meeting the requirements for Registration.  Each 30-minute block is equivalent to 0.5 of a CPD hour.  Midwives are required to complete a minimum of 20 hours of relevant CPD per registration year.

What is include in an ACM Online Course?

Standard Modules included:

  • Introduction 
  • Resources
  • Course Content
  • Assessments
  • Feedback
  • Certificate

Introduction Module provides information on the course, why it was developed and the overall aims.  It further identifies how to navigate the course, advises of assessment requirements and CPD hours that have been assigned.

Resource module will contain a Glossary of terms used in the course as well as a Reflective Activity Template.  The Reflective Activity Template has been provided to assist learners to reflect on why they have undertaken the course, what they hope to achieve, what they feel that have learnt at the end and then how they have put their learning into practice.  This activity can be used along with the certificate of completion for their personal portfolio.  This section will also have a course overview or summary that provides a high level summary of the course content that can also be used for evidence of content covered for the professional portfolio.

*Readings Module is an optional module that may be available in courses that have a significant number of recommended readings.  Otherwise the readings will be listed in the Resources module.

Course Content modules contain all of the information pertinent to the topic.  The content is presented in such a way that learning is gradual and progressive, thus ensuring that the learner is provided with a sound understanding of any concepts before moving to the next stage. There will be a minimum of one Course Content module.  Within each Course Content modules there will be a series of books or lessons that contain the content to be accessed by the learner.  This may include links to external sites for additional reading, links to embedded documents or reading content from the pages.  Each Course Content module may have a small quiz at the end of the content to assess a learners understanding of what has been covered.

Assessment Modules are usually at the end of the Course Content and are used to assess a learners understanding of all content covered.  Assessments may be in the form of multiple choice or true/false questions, short answer questions or case studies.  Usually a learner is required to achieve at least 80% in the Assessment for it to be marked as complete. 

*Pre/post assessments are sometimes used to determine a learners starting knowledge of a topic and then to reassess their understating after the course is complete.  These assessments are not used in every online course.

Feedback module allows the learner to provide feedback on the course and how they found it to complete, relevance of content, whether it was all working or whether updates are required.  Access to the Feedback module occurs when the other modules in the course are all completed.

Certificate module has the certificate of completion for he learner.  Each certificate will clearly identify the learner that has been logged in to the course and completed the modules.  This is why it is not possible to share a course log in as only one person can be issued with a certificate of completion (the one who owns the user account).  The certificate once issued cannot be altered.  It may be re-printed but the name and completion date will remain the same as when it was first printed.  The certificate module becomes accessible after the feedback has been completed.