Each learning activity submitted for CCCEP accreditation is identified by the type of delivery mode – independent study, live, blended, or conference.

Independent Study Learning activities (I) are those learning activities that the learner works on without interacting directly with a presenter/facilitator, or with other learners in real time.  Learning activity delivery media typically include:

  • Print (e.g. learning activity materials sent by mail, included in a print journal, downloaded from the Internet in PDF form and printed);
  • Audio (e.g. CD/DVD, Internet, tapes, Podcasts);
  • Video (e.g. CD/DVD, Internet, Podcasts); and
  • Interactive multimedia (e.g. CD/DVD, Internet).

Live Learning activities (L) are learning activities in which learners and presenters interact in real time.  They usually take place with the presenter and learner in the same room in forums such as lectures, workshops or symposia, but may also be delivered using distance education technology such as:

  • Audio Conference;
  • Video Conference;
  • Internet Webcast;
  • Synchronous Internet conferencing.

Blended Learning activities (B) combine some independent study activities by the learner with one or more live sessions with a presenter or facilitator.

Conferences (C) are learning activities which are accredited as a single learning activity, offering a number of sessions and workshops by different presenters on diverse topics.

Regularly Scheduled Series (R) is a set/series of multiple live continuing health education sessions that occur on an ongoing, scheduled basis (e.g. weekly, monthly, quarterly) that are organized by, and meet the learning needs of, a defined group of health professionals.

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The three types of learning activities are:

Knowledge-Based Learning Activities.  The primary intended outcomes of the learning activities are knowledge attainment and comprehension.  Learning exercises or discussion to promote comprehension may be included.

Application-Based Learning Activities.  The primary learning outcomes are the application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of concepts, information, skills, and behaviours.  Learning activities may include face-to-face or technology mediated group activities, such as scenario analysis, case study exercises, and laboratory work.

Practice-Based Learning Activities.  The primary intended learning outcomes are the analysis, synthesis, and/or application and evaluation of concepts, information, skills, and behaviours through experiential and practice-based learning activities and methodologies. Learning occurs in the actual workplace and/or in simulated workplace environments.

The types of learning activities are based on the “Types of CPE Activities” developed by the American Council of Pharmacy Education (

For further information on the Types of Learning Activities, refer to the document ACPE’s Types of Continuing Pharmacy Education (ACPE, October 6, 2007).  

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