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Course Expectations

Beacon provides two formats for online learning: courses and modules. Courses are facilitated by trained content-area specialists and include multiple summative assessments that must be approved by the course facilitator. Modules are non-facilitated and include a single exit exam. This article addresses course expectations.

Course Expectations

  • Read course content, complete Check Your Understanding activities, view video clips, and visit external web links and other resources in each chapter prior to completing the corresponding summative.
  • Submit summative assessments in a timely manner. Note: Summatives become available on the start date of the course.
  • Check the Summative Log within your course for submission pacing guides.
  • Submit no more than two new summative assessments during the final week. All summatives must be submitted by the course end date.
  • If there is no grace period, submit all initial summative assessments by the beginning of the final week.
  • Note: If a course does not have a grace week, then "No grace week" is denoted on your My Learning page under the progress chart. Your facilitator will send a Welcome Email and notify you if there is a grace week or if there is not a grace week.
  • Summatives are not available until the start date. Completion cannot occur until a specific period, based on course hours, has elapsed. Learners will be credited with no more than 8 hours per day. For example, completion is not possible until after the fifth day for a 40-hour course.
  • Allow sufficient time for facilitation review and revisions. Late submissions could result in non-completion of the course.
  • Note: Learners are automatically withdrawn if no summative assessments have been submitted:
    • 3 weeks prior to the end date for 60-hour courses.
    • 1 week prior to the end date for courses of 1-30 hours.
  • Summative responses must meet established criteria to be approved. All summatives must be approved for course completion.
  • Beacon reserves the right to limit the rounds of facilitator feedback.