Before the course:
Become familiar with the site by exploring information found in the Support and Policies tabs on the home page. Many of your questions will be answered this way.
Your facilitator will send a welcome message via email by the start date of the course. Check in your spam folder if you do not find the message in your regular email. Notify Beacon at if you do not receive the email by day two of the course. Reply to this email, to verify successful receipt.
Create a folder for the course on your computer in which to save your summative responses and any other documents you might want to keep.
Make a tentative time schedule for completing the course, keeping in mind your own calendar as well as any course deadlines and the recommended pacing guide(See Summative Log, Pacing Guide). Note: Some courses have specific checkpoints associated with them. This information, if applicable, is found in the first chapter of the course or shared by your course facilitator.
Since you have access to the course as soon as you are enrolled, you can begin reading prior to the start date. If you submit multiple summative assessments at the same time, it might take a while to receive feedback on all responses. Be patient and check back frequently in case any revisions are required.
During the course:
When communicating with your facilitator, include the course title, the section number, and your full name.
Read the course content carefully prior to creating summative responses. This reduces the need for subsequent revisions.
“Check Your Understanding” exercises are formative self-assessments. These are embedded throughout the course. Immediate feedback automatically displays when a response is submitted. Your responses are not tracked.
Both the first page and the last page of each chapter identify any summative that relates to that chapter. Pressing the NEXT: Summative button at the bottom of the last page of the chapter takes you directly to the relevant Summative.
Alternatively, click Summative Log from the Table of Contents to jump directly to the list of Summatives.
The Summative Log lists all of the summative tasks that must be completed, along with the status of each. The status indicates the progress you have made (submitted, revised, etc.) on each summative.
Reflection-type summatives must be approved by the facilitator as having met specified criteria. Quizzes are computer-graded and must be at least 80% correct to pass. Quizzes may be retaken, as needed.
No more than two summatives can be submitted during the final week of a course and all must be submitted by the end date. This ensures a quality learning experience for all parties. (For sections with no grace period, the final tasks must be submitted by the BEGINNING of the final week to allow time for review and revision.)
Don’t risk losing your work due to timing out or loss of connectivity. Use a word-processing program like Microsoft Word to create your summative responses. Use spell check and grammar check. Save each response. Then copy and paste the response into the appropriate online summative tasks after the start date of the course.
Before submitting a response, review the directions to be sure you have included everything required. Responses should be substantive and thorough.
Facilitators review summative responses for alignment to criteria based on the objectives for the course. Responses will not be approved until the criteria are met.
Summative responses must be your own original work and must follow standard English usage and grammar
Check the status of your summative frequently.
Read feedback from your facilitator by opening the summative task and clicking the link to the comments. Sometimes comments are made even when the response has been approved. Make any necessary revisions in a timely manner to avoid losing access to the course prior to approval.
Be aware that submitting late work jeopardizes successful completion.
After the course:
Once all summative tasks have been approved by your facilitator, your course will be marked complete. The course will automatically appear on your Beacon transcript at this point, even if you finish the course prior to the end date.
For sections with a grace period, the course expires seven days after the end date. You will no longer be able to submit or revise assessments. If you complete the course, you will have read-only access to the content for three months.
For sections without a grace period, you lose access to submit or revise on the posted end date. All work must be approved by this date. If you complete the course, you will have read-only access to the content for three months.
When the facilitator marks the course complete, you receive an automatic course completion email from Beacon. That email provides directions for accessing your Beacon transcript.
You have access to your Beacon transcript even after courses have expired. Log in to Beacon and then click My Transcript from the left menu bar.