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Due to recent trends toward online educational methods, the NAIC has recently adopted new definitions for describing course methods of instruction. The current version of the Idaho Exhibit A application form lists two methods of instruction: Classroom and Self-study.

The structure for presenting a course is defined as follows:

Classroom is defined as direct contact with an instructor, in real time. This contact may be in a physical classroom (Seminar/Workshop); in a ‘virtual’ classroom on the internet via a live webinar; via telephone as a teleconference (with or without a visual component); or other, which is defined by the provider but which must still be direct contact in real time. These presentation methods do not require an exam or other knowledge assessment tool, but does require interactive behavior that is monitored during the session.

Self-study is defined as no direct contact with an instructor. These courses may be correspondence, where printed material is provided to the student for their study and testing; online training which is a static (pre-recorded) training module accessed online per the student’s timeframe; video/audio/CD/DVD which is material in those formats that is provided to the student for their study and testing. These presentation methods require an exam or some other knowledge assessment tool.

Self-study course must include an examination or other knowledge assessment tool. These must require a passing score of 70% or better. The provider must maintain multiple tests sufficient to maintain the integrity of the testing process and a written explanation of test security and administrations procedures shall accompany the course submission. Completed tests will be retained by the provider and will not be returned to the licensee.

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