How This Course Works

Introduction

Consistent with SOFAD's standard of quality, this course provides all the material, assignments and resources you will need to work independently, regardless of whether you are enrolled in distance learning or an adult education centre.

Course content

The course is divided into three main sections. Each section is divided into two interactive modules. You can access any module and do the activities as many times as you wish.

Shown below is the banner you will be using to navigate through the course. When you click on the drop-down menus, you will see that each module is subdivided into three parts: lead-in, units and wrap-up.

Lead-in

The lead-in consists of three screen pages that are organized as follows:

  1. an introduction: the topic covered in the module is introduced through real-life situations intended to make the course content more concrete;
  2. a series of questions: these are aimed at helping you determine what you already know about the topic. In the wrap-up, you will be asked to revise your answers to these questions in light of what you have learned;
  3. the module's learning objectives.
Units

Each unit consists of static and interactive screen pages. The second to last page contains a recurring activity that summarizes the key ideas in the unit.

Wrap-up

The wrap-up, consisting of four screen pages, provides:

  1. an opportunity to show what you now know about the topic by answering the same questions you were asked in the lead-in;
  2. an opportunity to share your opinion about a current issue related to the topic discussed in the module;
  3. a quiz consisting of 10 to 20 questions designed to assess whether you have achieved the learning objectives of the module;
  4. a scored assignment on the subject matter covered in the module, which will be corrected by your instructor.

Remember:

  • You are free to navigate through each unit as you wish; however, we suggest that you follow the order of the screen pages as this will allow you to achieve the objectives more easily.
  • You can work at your own pace: because the system corrects your answers, you won't need to wait for your instructor to give you the go-ahead to continue working. The activities are corrected automatically after three attempts.
  • You can do the activities as many times as you wish; the system keeps no record of the time you spend online or of your results.
  • However, the system does record your last attempt at completing the quiz. Therefore, before doing the quiz, we recommend that you wait until you feel you have mastered the learning objectives.
  • Refer to the navigation bar found on each page to determine which modules are prerequisites to other modules, to the scored assignments or to the end-of-section tests.
Assignments

In this course, you are required to complete six scored assignments and three end-of-section tests. The scored assignments cover the objectives of each module, whereas the end-of-section tests assess your knowledge of the subject matter studied in a particular the section. You can complete these assignments and tests at your own pace. Your instructor will correct your work, assign a mark and provide feedback. Proceed as follows:

  1. type in your answers in the different fields on the form and save them;
  2. you can change your answers as often as you wish but remember to save your changes;
  3. click the "Save and Send" button when you are ready to submit your assignment for correction: it will automatically be sent to your instructor. When your instructor has marked your work and sent it back to you with his or her comments, you will receive an e-mail in this regard.
Related resources

This course has some very useful features: a glossary, course summaries, a planner and a self-evaluation activity.

  • The glossary and the course summaries which are found at the top of the page will help you prepare for the self-evaluation activity and the supervised examination.
  • Your planner is designed to help you plan and keep track of your work. It also provides you with an overview of how you are doing in the course by displaying your marks. Since the system automatically records the actual date on which you completed a module or an assignment, you will be able to compare where you are in relation to your initial work plan and make any necessary adjustments.
  • The self-evaluation activity allows you to assess what you have learned in the course. It contains a set of questions similar to those that will be on the examination. This activity should be done only once you have completed the course modules and the scored assignments.
  • You can save the answers that you provided under "What Already Know" and "What I Know Now" and refer to them at any time. This information will prove very useful in helping you take stock of what you have learned throughout the course.
Assistance

If you enrolled with a school board, you will receive assistance from an instructor by e-mail. If you are having trouble with a particular section of the course, e-mail him or her your questions. If you do not have this type of support but would like to receive it, contact a school board that offers this service to sign up for it.

Since there is no team work in his course, you will not receive e-mails from other learners.

If you have any type of problem, click the "Help" button in the top right corner of most of the interfaces to get to the help page, where you will be guided through the various available resources. From the help page, you will also be able to pass along your comments, or report a technical problem or error.

Evaluation
The interactivities and the quizzes

You will not be evaluated on the interactivities. Your answers will not be scored and the system will not keep any record of them.

Each module includes a quiz consisting of 10 multiple-choice questions. The system will correct your work automatically and save the mark associated with your last attempt. We suggest that you redo the quiz until you obtain a mark of 100%.

Scored assignments and end-of-section tests

The scored assignments and the end-of-section tests are corrected by your instructor, who will assign a mark out of 100. Although these assignments and tests are not taken into account in determining your course mark, you must obtain an average of at least 60% on all them for your instructor to allow you to take the examination.

Self-evaluation activity

The self-evaluation activity resembles an exam and covers the entire course. Like the final examination, this activity is done on paper.

Summative evaluation

You will be required to take a supervised examination administered by your school board. To receive certification, you must obtain a mark of at least 60% on the exam.

The exam or the summative evaluation is administered at the end of the course in a single session lasting no more than 120 minutes. This exam will cover the entire course. This examination will count for 100% of your final mark.

FAQ
Where do I begin?

Begin by filling out your planner, which will allow you to draw up an intial plan. Once this is done, go on to the general introduction and the introductions to the various sections. Then, work through the learning modules in each section and complete the scored assignments and the end-of-section tests as they come up.

How fast should I be working?

Work at your own pace. The planner indicates the average amount of time it should take to complete a module or a scored activity, but you have to determine the pace at which you are comfortable working.

Is there only one way to complete the course?

You may choose the order in which you complete the modules, but we suggest that you follow the order indicated in the course outline.

Does the system keep track of everything I do?

In the modules, you can do the interactivities as often as you wish. The system does not keep any record of you work in this regard.

However, the system keeps a record of your last attempt to successfully complete the quiz. The system also keeps track of the answers you have saved in the scored activities and the end-of-section tests.

What does my instructor/tutor see?

Your instructor (in class or at a distance) sees the content of your planner. Since your instructor can keep track of how quickly your are working through the modules, the scored assignments and the end-of-section tests, he or she will be able to see if you are sticking to the timetable you have set or yourself.

Your instructor will correct each scored activity and each end-of-section test you have submitted, and provide you with feedback.

Now that you know the ropes, it's time to get down to work!

Enjoy the course!

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