CSMLS will be phasing out the “Free MODE” promotion that has been in effect for the past few years. Under this promotion, members were able to select one course per month, from a select list of courses, which they could take at no additional cost. After piloting the program for several years, the cost of maintaining the program is simply too high to continue to support, given the modest enrollment in these courses. The program will be phased out over the course of the 2014 calendar year. Starting in January, the number of courses to select from will be reduced to ten. The remainder of the courses, which were previously available under this program, will now be available for purchase at a cost of $65.
CSMLS remains committed to providing continuing education and professional development support for our members. Over the course of 2014 CSMLS will be introducing free webinars as well as curating education content available to our members from other third-party sources. Financial grants and scholarships are also available to our members to support their professional development goals. Additionally, we have recently introduced Communities, which facilitates informal and peer-to-peer learning.
In 2014, CSMLS will also be enhancing the learning experience of all of our courses through the introduction of a new learning platform. This platform will make the course registration process easier, provide instant access to courses upon registration, provide instant access to certificates upon course completion, and enhance the delivery of the course material. More information about the introduction of the new learning platform will be available in the coming weeks.