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 20-25 hours to fully complete a course, or 10-12 hours per week. Our courses walk you through manageable steps every few days and are designed to be completed within 12 business days. (You may use weekend time on the two weekends as well to complete assignments if you choose to do so.)
Q. Can I complete the course at my own pace?
A. Each course is online, asynchronous and facilitated. There are no live meetings, but it is NOT a self-paced course. Options to get a fast start, work ahead, and complete early or begin late, or “catch up” and complete the workshop within a few days near the end are not available. There are specific due dates for assignments and everyone is expected to work at a similar fast pace throughout the two-week period. You will want to be sure to select a session in which you are able to actively participate throughout the session.
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 about a week after the workshop ends.
Q. Will I need to buy a book?
A. At this time, a book is required for the Teach Students How to Learn and the Designing a Motivational Syllabus courses. You may use either an ebook or paper copy version. Discounted book purchase information is available during registration.
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 typically all 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 workshop 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. You will receive an email confirming your registration.
If you are part of a special cohort group, or are interested in registering a group of individuals, please contact us directly.
Q. What happens after I complete the registration process?
A. On Monday of the week your course begins (two days before the start date), you will receive a welcome email with instructions on how to access the course site on Canvas. This will enable you to enroll in the course with a password you select. Once you are in the site, you will have an opportunity to review the Syllabus, Schedule/Checklist, and introductory information, view a “tour” of the site, meet your workshop facilitator and introduce yourself to other participants. You will also be able to review helpful videos and “how to” information about Canvas if needed. Although you’re not required to begin on Monday or Tuesday, making sure you’re able to successfully access the site early and meet your colleagues will enable you to hit the ground running when the course officially opens on Wednesday.
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 family and professional responsibilities, so please consider carefully prior to enrolling if you have the necessary hours available to complete the course within the schedule. 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 10 or more 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 “Close of Registration” date (the Thursday before the date a course is scheduled to begin) are eligible for a full refund. Cancellations received after the “Close of Registration” date but before the Wednesday start date of the course are eligible for a 50% refund. Cancellations received after the course commences (start date of the workshop or event) are not eligible for a refund.
- Teach Students to Learn Book Bundle Discount – If you register for Teach Students to Learn and choose to bundle the book with your course enrollment, book refunds are not possible after the books have shipped (typically three weeks prior to the course start date). After the books have shipped, you can receive a refund for the enrollment cost minus the book cost, and the book will be yours to keep.
Individual Withdrawal from the Course: If you believe that you will not be able to complete the course and must withdraw from it after it begins (which includes the first day—Wednesday—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 family and professional responsibilities, so please carefully ensure prior to the first day that you have the necessary 20-25 hours available over the two-week period to complete the course.
If you find that you must cancel your registration or withdraw from the workshop, please contact your facilitator and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org immediately. The registered attendee, institution representative or credit card holder must make the refund request. Refund requests must include the name of the attendee, workshop, start date, contact information and institution (if applicable). Refunds can only be credited back to the original method of payment.
Cancellation or Withdrawal for Institutional Groups: Institutional groups (participants who are part of a dedicated section and/or paid for as a group by their institution) have the option of substituting a registration for a different participant up until two days after the course commences. After that time, cancellations or withdrawals are not eligible for a refund.
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.