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What is ASSI.elearnspine.org?
ASSI.elearnspine.org, a form of distance learning. It allows is a formalized teaching and learning system specifically designed to be carried out remotely with the use of electronic communication.
What is ASSI.elearnspine.org?
ASSI.elearnspine.org is a web-based information available resource both for professional and Consumer. It has been designed to spread awareness about spinal ailments among consumer & provide evidence-based resource for medical professionals. This is in part due to the limited access of up-to-date spine related materials/ resources. The content has been developed by ASSI includes 356 experts from around the world. The content is appropriate for both high and low resource settings.
What is the aim of ASSI.elearnspine.org?
The aim of ASSI.elearnspine.org is to provide comprehensive information on spinal ailments & consists of separate sections for medial paramedical professional & consumers. It comprises 10 professional and 7 consumers modules provide in total which is further categorized into various sub-modules. The professional module provides evidence-based discussion spinal problems including references. The consumer module consists of easy to understand information for patients & care takers to make them more user-friendly and aware of their problems. The user can choose the module they think would be relevant for them.
What is the structure of each sub-module?
Each sub-module covers a specific component of spine management and includes:

• A presentation giving an overview of the topic
• Activity based learning exercises
• References
• Self Assessment questions .
What is the difference between a module and a sub-module?
There are 10 professional and 7 consumers modules which consists of 125 sub-modules. For example, the Basic Sciences sub-module of professional module has 11 sub-modules. Each sub-module covers an important aspect.
Who initiated ASSI.elearnspine.org?
ASSI.elearnspine.org is a global educational initiative of ASSI. ASSI formed a core committee & the content of the resource has been developed after detailed discussion & deliberation to ensure quality, authenticity & adequacy.
Who is ASSI.elearnspine.org appropriate for?
ASSI.elearnspine.org is appropriate for all medical and other health disciplines involved in spine management whether a student, somebody new to the field of spine or a spine practitioner. Thus, it will be of interest to doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, assistive technologists, psychologists, social workers and peer counselors.
Is ASSI.elearnspine.org appropriate non professionals?
ASSI.elearnspine.org has been eventually designed for consumers, caregivers, health-service providers and policy makers. They will find easy to understand resource material and ASSI tried to make it user-friendly for lay persons.
Is there a minimum educational level required to access ASSI.elearnspine.org?
There is no minimum educational level required to access ASSI.elearnspine.org although it is assumed that users have (or are in the process of attaining) a medical or paramedical undergraduate qualification.
Is ASSI.elearnspine.org especially designed for any specific region, country or resource group?
ASSI.elearnspine.org is appropriate for people from all countries. The content reflects the realities of managing people with spinal ailments in high and low resource settings globally.
Do I have to pay to access ASSI.elearnspine.org?
Everybody can access the website free of charge. This policy has been implemented to ensure that everybody can have access to this educational resource on comprehensive management of spine problems regardless of economic background.
How do I register for ASSI.elearnspine.org?
To gain full access to all the learning content and modules of the website you have to go through the following steps:
1. Register by creating your profile and agree to the disclaimer.
2. Create a login id and password for subsequent visits to the website (please note that you will need to provide your email address and this will require verification).
Are there self assessments?
Yes, there is a self-assessment with each sub-module. The questions cover content covered in the sub-module.
How will I know my score?
At the end of each sub-module, you can complete an online self assessment. Once you have answered all the questions you can instantly receive a score by clicking the submit tab. You will also be told which questions you answered correctly and which questions you answered incorrectly. Your score will be stored on your profile page. You can access your profile page at any time and see a history of all the self-assessments you have completed, your average score and your maximum score. You can re-take the self-assessments at any time.
Can I review the content of the modules while I am answering the self assessment questions?
It is best not to access the content of the modules during a self-assessment and the system has not been designed for this; however, there is nothing to stop you from opening a second window and searching the content for answers.
Can I download the content of a module?
No, you cannot download the content of a module. You can, however, print out the screens.
Is there a time-frame in which I must finish the modules?
No, there is no time-frame since ASSI.elearnspine.org is designed as an educational resource and not a course. You may access the resource as many times as desired and over what-ever time period you like.
How long does it take to complete a module?
This is variable and will depend on the user’s prior knowledge. Some modules are longer than others and may take a beginner up to 8 hours to complete. Others may only take an hour or two.
Can I jump between screens?
Please tell us if you see a mistake. To do this, click on the "comment" button below the specific screen with the mistake. Then please provide details about the mistake.
What if I see a mistake?
Please tell us if you see a mistake. To do this, click on the "comment" button below the specific screen with the mistake. Then please provide details about the mistake.
Are any comments I submit anonymous?
No, any comment submitted through the "comment" icon is linked to your log on. This in turn is linked to your name.
What if I want to provide general feedback?
We welcome all feedback. You can provide general feedback through the "contact us" page.
Do I have to go through all the modules in one sitting?
No, you do not need to complete all modules in one sitting. You can access the modules, or parts of the modules, at any time and as many times as you wish.
Do I get an acknowledgement or certificate on completion of the course?
No, you will not receive a certificate on completion of the course. elearnSCI.org is designed as an educational resource and not as a course. You can only get a report of your scores.
Why does the system keep logging me out?
The system will log users out if they do not do anything for 10 minutes (eg. change screens or view videos).
How can I change my password?
You can change your password on the profile page (http://www.elearnsci.org/profile.aspx) where this option is available.
What do I do if I forget my password?
If you forget your password, you can retrieve it via the "forgot password" feature on the Login page (http://www.assi.elearnspine.org/login.aspx ). The system will email your password to you on your registered email ID.
How are the videos streamed?
The videos are all streamed through vimeo.
What are the system requirements to use elearnSCI.org?
A PC with Internet Explorer, or any other browser (any dial-up connection) is required.
What if the pages are not displaying properly on my computer?
The pages have been tested on most browsers, however, the pages will not display properly on very old browsers (eg. Internet Explorer V6 and earlier). To overcome this problem, you will need to update your browser or try using a different browser (eg. Firefox or Chrome). If problems persist, please let us know.
Will I need to buy and learn to use complicated software?
You will not need to buy or learn to use complicated software. The website is user friendly and does not require advanced IT skills
Who will help me if I run into a technical problem?
If you experience a technical problem, you can get help through the contact us tab or by sending an email to administrator at assi.secretariat@isiconline.or
Do you have consent from the individuals to use their images on the site?
Yes, every identifiable person on the site has provided written consent to have their images used.
Are the names of people with SCI real?
No, the names of all people with SCI have been changed, unless the individual requested that his/her real name be used.
Do I need to report any erratum in the course material? If so, how can I do it?
As you move through the modules you can comment on any screen at any stage. You will see a "comment" button. If you click on this your comment will be linked to the screen you are currently viewing. Or else you can direct your erratum either through the "contact us" tab or to the ASSI.elearnspine.org administrator at assi.secretariat@isiconline.org
Whom can I contact if I have any further questions?
If you have any questions pertaining to the educational resource or its use you can direct them to the elearning administrator either through the "contact us" tab or at assi.secretariat@isiconline.org
Can I use this material for my presentations?
You should feel free to quote reasonable excerpts and reprint figures and/or tables from its content with due acknowledgement of the source i.e. elearnSCI.org and with the following copyright note in the specific syntax: "Copyright © of ASSI 2019, www.assi.elearnspine.org Permission to quote large excerpts or to reprint should be obtained directly from the website administrator. However, such use should be restricted for educational activities only and not for commercial purposes.