Interested in taking one of our online courses but not sure where to begin? Wondering what the difference between a credit course and an open enrolment course is or how to apply? Have a read through these FAQ.
Who are these courses for?
It depends. Open enrolment courses are open to all comers. These are designed to be accessible and engaging for those with a background in the material and those without. Credit courses often have admission requirements, which are clearly specified, and tend to engage with material at a more advanced level. These courses can be used for continuing education by clergy and lay people, for congregational ministry, and for a whole host of other purposes. If you have a question about whether a course is right for you, please do not hesitate to be in touch with us.
What’s the difference between a credit course and an open enrolment course?
A credit course can count towards a degree, diploma, or certificate from the college, though students may also enrol in them for the purposes of continuing education or to fill in gaps in prior education. Students will be expected to prepare for each class by doing assigned readings and submitting written and other assignments in the course of the semester. In general, in a credit course we expect that students will spend 2 to 3 hours outside class each week doing reading, writing, and other preparation, for each hour spent in class during the week. So a 3-credit course would require about 6 to 9 hours of work outside class each week.
In an open enrolment course, there are no written requirements or homework to do to prepare for the course. Students cannot count the course as credit towards any program offered by the college.
Is there a deadline to apply?
It depends. For open enrolment courses, there is no application necessary. One need only register. Registrations received in the final three days leading up to the course will be subject to a late registration fee which will be specified on the course pages.
In credit courses where enrolment is limited, we review applications on a rolling basis. That means we review them as we receive them. If you are interested, it is better to apply earlier than later. Some courses impose a small registration surcharge if students register after a certain deadline. This information is clearly specified on the course pages.
What are the admission requirements for these courses?
The basic requirement for admission to a credit course is a previous undergraduate degree (in any subject) with a minimum CGPA of 2.7 or equivalent experience. Some individual courses also have particular requirements for application. These are generally related to specific aspects of a student’s educational background or ministerial setting. These are clearly specified on the course page.
There are no admission requirements for open enrolment courses. All you need to do is register! Some courses may have limited enrolment. In these cases, registrations will be accepted on a first come first serve basis.
What’s the difference between applying and registering?
Since there are no admission requirements for open enrolment courses, students register for them and are enrolled. Credit courses do have admission requirements and so students need to apply and be accepted before they can be enrolled in the course. After a student applies for a credit course, college staff review the application material to determine suitability for the course in question.
Can I audit these courses?
It depends on the course. Each course will specify if auditing is permitted. Auditors are expected to complete all readings and be prepared for and engaged in each class discussion. They are exempt from submitting written assignments and do not receive credit for the course.
You cannot audit an open enrolment course since there are no assignments to be exempt from, nor can you receive credit from them
What are the technical requirements for these courses?
We use Zoom as a meeting platform for all these courses. In order to participate in any of these courses, students need a stable Internet connection, web camera, speakers, general computer literacy, and access to a computer and the Internet at the times indicated for the course. We use Moodle as a Course Management Environment. Orientation to Moodle will be provided before joining the course.
My question isn’t answered here. How can I get in touch with you?
During this time of pandemic, e-mail is the best form of communication: [email protected]. If that doesn’t work, you can also try us on the phone 514.849.3004 x221.