CEM online courses offer distance learning to CEM candidates who need more flexibility in their schedules along with convenience while completing their CEM designation. Through Blackboard, IAEE’s learning management system, facilitators and students can interact at a distance without having to be physically present in the same location. All coursework takes place online and is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, anywhere access to a computer and the Internet is available. All courses but Consumer Show Management are offered at various times throughout the year online.
Blackboard is used to access all of course content, receive assignments, take quizzes and participate in class discussions. Although online courses do not require students to attend class at a specific time or place, they are still required to “attend” class and the classes are not self-paced.
Each online course is divided into four weeks of instruction with each “week” starting on a Tuesday at 12:00am and ending the following Monday at 11:59pm. Each week students will have assigned readings from the course workbook, a graded quiz and graded discussion board exercises. Students can expect to spend 1.5 to 2.0 hours per week on course work. Online students must be self-disciplined and self-motivated. Every student participating on time is crucial to the success of the course – when discussion board exercises are not completed on time, it affects the entire class.