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Shift to online education here to stay for many associations

Seven groups say they threw more resources into virtual courses and events, and they expect most of these changes to be permanent

Online learning

June 11, 2021
By Walt Williams

The American Society for Nutrition has long offered education and professional development programs for members, although most of those offerings were tied to its annual in-person meeting. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit and the association world moved online.

ASN has spent the past year shifting its educational content to a virtual environment, including a slate of online courses on subjects such as the fundamentals of nutrition. This is new territory for the association, which wrapped up its second annual online conference June 10.

“Those (online courses) are just getting off the ground, but we’re hoping—after our annual meeting—to focus more on promoting them,” said Gwen Twillman, chief knowledge officer at ASN.