Q: How much time each week should I commit to a course?
A: We recommend 6-10 hours per week for each of our courses.
Q: Is it a problem if a lesson cannot be completed in the specified week?
A: Each week covers a different topic and you'll want to complete one topic before moving on to the next. Students are expected to complete their work on their own time during each week. If you are not available during the week, discuss it with your instructor and they will guide you in how to work ahead or catch-up.
We know that everyone learns differently, and that online learning isn’t for everyone. We strive to make our courses as accessible as possible so everyone can get the most out of their learning experience. Here are some frequently asked questions and tips about our online courses.
How can I prepare for my online course?
Before registering, be sure you know how to use a word processor and a web browser. You’ll also want to know where files go on your computer once they’re downloaded as you’ll likely be downloading some extra reading materials.
How do I access the course material?
The day the course starts you will have access to your online classroom through our learning management system (LMS), moodle. This is available through a web browser by logging into our website and clicking Online Campus. You’ll only be able to see your course once it’s started.
We ease into each course by dedicating the first week to familiarizing yourself with the online classroom, the content, and the instructor. The first week also offers an opportunity for students to introduce themselves, and in turn get to know their classmates. Some courses offer a digital copy of the text within the course that will be accessible when it starts. Other courses require textbooks to be purchased.
Where can I find the course texts?
Required texts for each course can be found on the course overview page under Texts. Some should be purchased in advance, some are available in digital format and some are offered via a link within the course.
Where can I find a course schedule?
Our courses are built so you can do everything on your own time. Each course follows a weekly schedule that covers a different lesson every week. All discussions, lessons, readings, quizzes, etc. for that lesson / week must be completed by Sunday at midnight. Thus, there is no “set time” to be online for a lecture or discussion. Because we get students from around the world, our instructors do not offer standard office hours but are able to connect with students if needed at a suitable time.
How much time per week should I commit to my course?
We estimate 6-10 hours per week per course, depending on the course. However, each course comes with a wealth of additional resources that you can access (during or after the course ends) so you may find yourself spending more time reading one week than another. If you find you can’t get through all of the additional material, that’s ok as all students are granted indefinite access to the course resources and digital library materials.
Q: Are students required to participate in live sessions?
A: No. Students do not have to participate in live sessions. All lessons are completed on the student's own time.
That is indeed a challenge, but frankly, allowing "enough" hands-on experience is always difficult even in a classroom course. So the hands-on portion of the course has been incorporated into the assignments, where students get to put their newly acquired knowledge to practice. This is even more fun if you can get a friend to take the course with you!
Depending on the course, some of these activities may require access to soil and composting materials. Students living in climates where the ground may be covered in 2 feet of snow for the duration of the course have the option to choose an alternative assignment, or take the course at another time of the year.
Q: I need a transcript for my new employer. Can you send that to me?