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The MAPS eCademy is an online platform consisting of live and on-demand Webinars, podcasts, and virtual community discussion forums. All on-demand Webinars and podcasts are made available in the MAPS Community immediately after the original air date, providing a venue for MAPS members to both continue the dialogue on the topics and challenges that affect them in their day-to-day functions.
These guidelines have been developed, and further revised, based on feedback from MAPS members, leadership and Webinar participants. MAPS reviews these guidelines on a routine basis to ensure the quality and content of the Webinars meet the needs and standards of the Community.
By agreeing to participate in a MAPS eCademy Webinar or podcast, all facilitators agree to adhere to the guidelines set forth below.
Proposal Review & Planning Timeline for Accepted Proposals:
Webinars are a convenient format for presenting and gaining feedback on key challenges that affect Medical Affairs professionals. Webinars are recorded in advance of the live air date to ensure optimum quality of the audio, but will feature a live Q&A period with attendees on the original air date. Webinars are available to all active members of MAPS on the original air date as well as on-demand immediately after the air date. Select Webinars, particular those addressing key MAPS initiatives, such as Standards & Guidance document launches, may be made available to non-members as well. All Webinars are available on-demand following the original air date, available to MAPS members via the MAPS Community portal.
Webinars are usually 60 minutes in duration at a time scheduled by MAPS. They are delivered via PowerPoint presentation via our online Webinar platform provider, ON24. Webinars consist of the following general time-allotment:
The MAPS eCademy Webinar platform only accepts PowerPoint files:
Subject Matter Content
The MAPS eCademy aims to provide a unique, interactive learning experience for all attendees, one that will allow attendees to take home practical learnings and solutions to key challenges that can be applied to their day-to-day functions. Each Webinar or Podcast is designed to address a key issue of concern to Medical Affairs professionals. The Webinar should present the topic up front in a few key slides, with the balance of the Webinar engaging participants (e.g. by polling and/or chat questions, etc.) in working through the problem or challenge and recommending solutions. As much as possible, utilize case-based scenarios to demonstrate challenges and solutions. The aim is to avoid a purely didactic presentation, as Webinar evaluations consistently reinforce that the ability to ask questions of the presenters is one of the most valuable parts of the Webinar.
Elevate Podcast Series
All the guidelines noted above for Webinars also apply to Podcasts, with a few exceptions based on the different format that Podcasts follow. Unlike Webinars, Podcasts do not rely on the use of slides to guide the discussion. These are audio-only recordings made available on-demand for members to easily access and absorb content. There is also no live Q&A with a Podcast Series.
Podcasts typically have a moderator and 2 to 3 expert panelists. They are typically structured as follows to allow for distribution of the Podcast as a whole, but also to enable distribution of individual segments of the Podcast that can stand alone from the other segments, enabling listeners to absorb smaller amounts of content at a time, if desired:
For an example Podcast Series, click here: https://maps.instantmagazine.com/publications/elevate-magazine-issue3/maps-elevate-podcast-series/
As an organization standing behind our motto of FOR Medical Affairs, BY Medical Affairs, all Webinars and Podcasts are required to have a minimum 1:1 ratio of industry presenters (currently employed by a pharmaceutical, medical device, or biotech company) to solution provider (agency) presenters
These requirements are set forth to meet the demands of Medical Affairs professionals who have demonstrated in prior learning & development evaluations that they prefer to obtain knowledge and best practice sharing from senior Medical Affairs leaders with direct or demonstrating understanding of the internal workings of a Medical Affairs organization.
Branding, Sponsorship and Fees
MAPS does not provide “sponsored” Webinars and does not accept sponsorship fees for eCademy Webinars or Podcasts. The provision of the technology and platforms to produce the Webinars, as well as the promotional budget to raise awareness of the Webinars and Podcasts, are made possible by MAPS membership dues. Thus, MAPS has a strict policy on corporate branding, and Webinars/Podcasts should NOT be deemed promotional in nature:
MAPS does not pay speaker honoraria/fees for participation in Webinars or Podcasts
Proposal Submission Process
All submissions should be made via the below form. For pre-proposal submission inquiries, please contact eCademy@medicalaffairs.org. We solicit proposals for Webinars/Podcast Series in all current MAPS Focus areas, including:
Proposals will be peer-reviewed by the relevant MAPS Focus Area Working Group(s) within 15 business days of your submission. Acceptance/Rejection notifications will be emailed only to the corresponding organizer as indicated in your proposal submission. For questions in the meantime, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.