What are the different formats of courses?

When you look a list of course events, you may see that some are listed as "remote" or "self-hosted" that appear to be available entirely online, some are "satellite courses" or "in-person" courses that list a specific location. What do these words mean?


Remote course:

Registrants can attend remote courses from any location with an internet connection. Labs in remote courses can be done solo, meaning registrants do not need to find a partner or small group. Labs in these courses may involve doing exercises in front of your computer or practicing mobilizing tissue on your own abdomen. 


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The above shows a participant in a remote course.


Satellite course: 

Satellite courses include labwork that must be done on another person, under the guidance of a vetted teaching assistant. At satellite lab courses, participants and teaching assistants gather in small groups to view lectures and practice hands-on techniques. The instructor is not physically present at the satellite location, and presents lectures to multiple satellite locations from an off-site location via Zoom. During the lecture, the participants at the various satellites watch the instructor lecture live on a screen. During labs, on-site teaching assistants guide hands-on lab time which is done in pairs or groups of three.


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 A Teaching Assistant in satellite lab course leading participants through a demostration, while the instructor lectures on Zoom


In-person course:

At in-person courses, registrants, lab assistants, and instructors gather at a single location for lecture and labs. In-person courses may still have precorded content that must be viewed prior to gathering. Courses which require instructor supervision of techniques (like Dry Needling) are offered exclusively in-person. 

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Instructor Holly Tanner lecturing at an in-person course


Self-Hosted course:

The self-hosted option is for those who are comfortable with self-lead, independent learning and who already have foundational skills from previous coursework. For the self-hosted option, participants will need to sign up in groups of two or more in order to participate in labs, which they may do without the supervision of a vetted teaching assistant at a satellite or in-person location. All participants in the self-hosted course must be licensed therapists who are registered for this course so that they can give knowledgeable feedback to their partner during lab (no patients or other unlicensed people). Self-hosted pairs and small groups meet at a location of their own choosing to tune into the same Zoom, and then work together during labs. This option is available in some intermediate and advanced courses after participants have completed foundation labwork under supervision of an instructor or teaching assistant. 


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 Participants in a self-hosted course watching lectures to prep for partnered lab work