Our courses are designed to be flexible and immediately applicable. They are designed to fit your needs and your busy schedule. However, successful completion requires time and commitment on your part. Please review the answers below for our Frequently Asked Questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How much time will it take to complete a course?
A. It is expected that it will take you approximately 15-20 hours to fully complete a course. We recommend setting aside at least one hour per weekday to successfully complete the course. Our courses walk you through manageable steps every few days and most participants are able to complete the course within the allotted timeframe. There are no assignments on weekends, but you may use weekend time to complete assignments if you choose to do so.
Q. Can I complete the course at my own pace?
A. Each course is offered completely online and is facilitated by a live expert facilitator. There are no live meetings to attend, but it is NOT a self-paced course. There are specific due dates for assignments and everyone is encouraged to work at a similar pace for the benefits of collegial discussion. You will want to be sure to select a session in which you are able to actively participate on most days during the allotted timeframe.
Q. What will I need to do to successfully complete the course?
A. To successfully complete, you will need to (a) organize your time in such a way that you can thoughtfully and thoroughly complete all course activities, (b) keep up with the pace of the course, (c) fully participate in online discussion forums by posting thoughtful and substantive initial posts and replies to your colleagues, and (d) complete all assignments according to the 80% standard for successful completion noted in the course syllabus. After successful completion, you will receive a Certificate of Completion.
Q. Will I need to buy a book?
A. At this time, a book is required for most of our courses, including Teach Students How to Learn, Advancing Equity-Based Online Teaching, and Designing a Motivational Syllabus courses. You may use an e-book or paper copy version and can obtain the book on your own, or, discounted e-book purchase information is available through the publisher during registration. A book is NOT required for either of the Significant Learning by Design courses.
Q. What technology and skills will I need?
A. Each course is delivered in the Canvas Learning Management System. You do not need to be familiar with Canvas to successfully complete the course. Application activities can be completed using Microsoft Word. Standard skills such as the ability to send and receive email, use word processing software, navigate the Internet, download and attach documents and locate downloaded documents on your computer should be sufficient. Since the course is delivered totally online it is, however, important that you have daily access to a computer and consistent, reliable broadband/high speed Internet access.
Q. What can I expect to take away from the course?
A. Each course contains several kinds of learning opportunities: reading, videos, applied work on a course of your own, and individual, personal feedback on your work from a course facilitator AND other colleagues and participants in the course. By the end of the course, you should have the beginning of a new (or reignited) vision for the kind of learning that can happen for learners in your course and a set of tools, skills, work products, and resources for successfully implementing that vision in courses of your own.
Q. How do I register for a course?
A. To register individually for a course, visit the Register Now page and fill out the form. You may pay by personal or institution check, credit card or bank transfer. If you have any questions regarding registration, payment or payment options, be sure to contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are part of a special cohort group, or are interested in registering a group of individuals, please contact us directly for an expedited process.
Q. What happens after I complete the registration process?
A. Once you are registered, please put the course dates on your calendar as you are all set to participate in the course. The week before your course begins, you will receive a welcome email with instructions on how to access the course site on Canvas when it opens. You will need to activate your account with Canvas.instructure.com once the course opens.
Q. What kinds of activities will I do in the course?
A. Each course contains several kinds of learning opportunities through assignments: reading, videos, applied work, discussion, reflection and individual, personal feedback on your work from a facilitator AND your colleagues (other participants) in the course. By the end of the course, you should have the beginning of a new (or reignited) vision for the kind of learning that can happen for learners in your course a set of tools and skills for successfully implementing that vision.
Q. What if I register or begin the course, but am not able to complete the course after all?
A. We know that everyone is juggling multiple personal and professional responsibilities, so please consider carefully prior to enrolling if you have the necessary hours available to complete the course within the allotted dates. Please review our Cancellation and Withdrawal Policy (below) before registering. If you find that you must cancel your registration or withdraw from a course, contact us immediately.
Q. I’m interested in arranging a dedicated workshop session for multiple participants from my institution. What do I do?
A. Wonderful! We would love to work with you. Please contact us at email@example.com. We will be happy to work with you to schedule a dedicated session on a date that works best for you, explain invoicing and payment options, learn more about your needs and share ways we can help.
CANCELLATION OR WITHDRAWAL
Cancellation by Individual Participant: Cancellations received prior to the “Register By” date are eligible for a full refund. Cancellations received after the “Register By” date but before the start date of the course are eligible for a 50% refund. Refunds can only be credited by check back to the original payee. Cancellations received after the course commences (the start date of the course or event) are not eligible for a refund.
Individual Withdrawal from the Course: If you believe that you will not be able to complete the course and must withdraw after the course begins (which includes the first day of the course), please be aware that refunds are NOT applied except in the case of extreme emergency. If you must withdraw from the course, you are welcome to enroll in another session at another time, but you will be required to pay the full course fee again. We recognize that everyone is juggling multiple personal and professional responsibilities, so please carefully ensure prior to the first day that you have the necessary time available to complete the course. We are also juggling the scheduling of courses, enrollments, and hiring expert facilitators.
If you find that you must cancel your registration or withdraw from the course, please contact your facilitator and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org immediately.
Cancellation or Withdrawal for Institutional Groups: Registrations that are part of an Institutional Group (participants are part of a dedicated section and/or paid for as a group by their institution) are not eligible for a refund. Institutional groups have the option of substituting a registration for a different participant up until two days after the course commences. Institutional group payments are due 3 weeks before the course start date. After that time, unpaid balances are subject to a late payment fee of 3.75% every 30 days.
Cancellation by Intentional College Teaching: Intentional College Teaching reserves the right to cancel a course or event due to low enrollment or other circumstances which would make the course or event non-viable. Should circumstances arise that result in the postponement of an event or course, you will have the option to either receive a full refund or transfer registration to the same or a different course of the same type at a future date.