Call for Online Course and Webinar Proposals

Organize an online course or webinar.

The Call for Online Course and Webinar Proposals is now closed.

The Professional Development and Education Committee is no longer accepting proposals. Please refer to the proposal guidelines for details about the submission process. 

Key dates

  • July 13, 2020, 5pm ET – All proposal and organizer disclosure forms must be complete and submitted online.
  • Week of August 10, 2020 – Decision notifications are sent to proposal submitters.
  • August 17-28, 2020 – Planning conference calls will be held with staff and the organizers of approved proposals.

Proposals may be for an online course or webinar.  

Online courses provide in-depth learning experiences focused on improving learner understanding and/or performance related to a specific topic. Online courses include interactive presentations and/or demonstrations and are not limited to didactic lectures. Staff will provide guidance and support to the organizers to deliver the content in innovative and engaging ways.  

Webinars use traditional online channels for real-time communication. They are engaging sessions where a speaker, or small group of speakers, deliver content to an audience who participate by submitting questions, responding to polls and using other available interactive tools. These sessions usually address a single topic and last about one hour.  

Organizers of these activities and member speakers are eligible for Fellows points. 

Staff is available to assist you throughout this process. Contact for support.  

Proposals must be submitted by a member who agrees to serve as the primary organizer. Two additional co-organizers may be included in the proposal. All organizers must belong to a membership category other than MIT for at least three consecutive years at the time of proposal submission. The (Professional Development and Education Committee) PDEC encourages the primary organizer to invite members from more than one institution to serve as co-organizers. Nonmembers may participate as speakers or panelists.

Organizers may not profit directly from or via their financial interests from the course or webinar and must agree to provide an unbiased and balanced view of the content. 

All complete proposals are reviewed by PDEC. PDEC will review only completed proposals and all proposals will be equally considered. PDEC may request more information before making a final decision on the proposal. Failure to respond to PDEC’s request for more information will result in an incomplete proposal and approval will not be granted. 

The proposal form requires the following documents to be completed and attached:

  • CV, resume, NIH biosketch or equivalent for each organizer
  • A completed Online Activity Content Form listing the proposed topics and suggested faculty for the activity

The following topics are highly desired:

  • Analyzing data (specific to eye and vision research projects)
  • Crisis management (e.g. lessons learned about maintaining research in a crisis scenario, shutting down existing projects and restarting projects)
  • Health economics
  • Patient-centered outcomes (how to measure the value of interventions outside of visual acuity)
  • COVID-19 (e.g. research trends, discoveries in ophthalmology, lessons learned from managing the global effort and quickly establishing global clinical trials, managing misinformation)
  • Telemedicine (e.g. the status of telemedicine in different countries, limitations of telemedicine and future steps)
  • International collaboration for large scale clinical trials
  • Engaging with regulators and funders (FDA, national bodies)