Course Start Policy and Expectations

Course Start Policy


When a student enrolls in and starts a course (by clicking the Start Course button within the Course of Study), they are expected to complete the course within their current term. Any course(s) started but not completed during the term must be enrolled in the subsequent term, with the expectation that the student will complete the course(s) first in that term. The student will continue to receive regular support from their Course Instructor(s) until they complete the course(s). 


An enrolled course that is not completed by the end of a term will receive a mark of Not Passed and will count against satisfactory academic progress, regardless of whether the course was started within the term. See Term Registration and Enrollment. 


Course Access 


Before enrolling in a course, a student can access the Course of Study in Preview mode. In Preview mode, the student can 

  • take the course diagnostic (available beginning September 2019) 
  • take a preassessment, for courses that have one 
  • view the course competencies and the course overview 

When a student has enrolled in a course, Preview mode will continue to be active until the student indicates that they are ready to start the course by clicking the Start Course button in the Course of Study.  


By clicking on the Start Course button, the student is committing to actively engage in and work consistently on the course until it is passed.  


After clicking the Start Course button, the student  

  • will be assigned to a Course Instructor, who will begin offering personalized support 
  • can access course Learning Resources 
  • can access the Course Community 
  • can take the objective assessment, if the course has one, as long as the student has taken the course preassessment 
  • can access task instructions, if the course has them 
  • can submit performance tasks, if the course has them 


Working with Faculty in Courses 


When a student is getting ready to start a new course, they will speak with their Program Mentor to discuss the student's prior experience with the course content and any other factors that might affect the student's progress through the course. The Program Mentor, Course Instructor, and student will collaborate to refine planned course start and end dates to reflect the student's personalized plan for success in the course. 


Course Instructors are experts in the course competencies and can help the student develop a plan for completing the course, understand challenging concepts, and prepare for success in assessments.  


The Course Instructor will provide personalized support as the student works through each course. Course Instructors will reach out to the student regularly, based on the student's engagement and progress through the course. Course Instructors will offer support to help the student progress through the course, re-engage with the course if they fall behind, develop competency, and prepare for assessments and, if necessary, assessment retakes. Course Instructors also offer one-to-many events to support the student in mastering course competencies. The student is also welcome to contact their Course Instructors to request support as needed throughout a course. 


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