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WHAT IS UNIVERSALCLASS?
UniversalClass offers self-paced online courses, with instructor support, in many different topics, in fields like:
- Crafts & Hobbies
- Career Training
- Health & Medicine
- How To / Do It Yourself
- Language Arts
- Office Skills
- Parenting and Family
- Personal Care
- Pet and Animal Care
- Real Estate
- Social Work
- Spiritual Studies
- Teacher Resources
- Test Preparation
- Web Development
- Writing Skills
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Frequently Asked Questions
How is this different than Lynda.com, another free service from Portsmouth Public Library?
The lynda.com online video training library offers self-paced training classes, primarily in computer skills, from beginner to advanced. UniversalClass offers a wider range of courses, from academic skills to hobbies to general interest, most of which are at an introductory level.
In addition, while lynda.com classes are self-directed and separated into short video segments, UniversalClass courses contain lessons, assignments, and exams, and are graded by a real instructor. You can still set your own pace.
Lastly, UniversalClass offers CEUs (Continuing Education Units). It is an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Am I allowed to retake a course?
You may retake a course from scratch (clearing of course progress) after 365 days (one full year) from the latest withdrawal, completion, and/or failure date. To do so, you'll have to put in a request to our online help desk for review.
Is there an instructor available to answer questions?
Yes. UniversalClass courses are both self-paced and instructor-led. An instructor is available to answer questions as well as monitor and assess your performance in the course. The instructor is available to answer any questions or concerns throughout the course by email.
How many hours will it take to complete a course?
Most of the courses can be completed within 10-20 hours. To find out how long it will take to complete the course, take the course CEUs and multiply that number by 10. For example, a 1.4 CEU course can be completed in 14 hours.
Do I need to buy any textbooks?
Most courses on Universal Class are thoroughly written enough so you will not need to buy any required textbooks - although occasionally there will be recommended additional reading materials, they are optional and you are not required to buy them to complete the course.
However, some courses do require textbooks (for example, many of the Algebra and Geometry courses) - refer to the class syllabus for any 'required textbooks' or other course supplies.
I just enrolled in a class, now what do I do?
You can access all the courses you are taking at UniversalClass™ under "My Classes". Click on the My Classes tab located at the top-right navigational bar anywhere on our service, and simply login with your Member ID and Password.
Once you are in the "My Classes" area, you can enter the virtual classroom by clicking on the course title which will bring you to the Class Start Page.
From here, a "Student Course Wizard" will guide you on what lessons you need to review, assignments to submit, and exams to take, in order to successfully complete the course.
Do I get a 'grade' for the course?
Yes. All coursework, exams, assignments, activities, and class participation is recorded and assessed by your instructor. Based on the grading guidelines your instructor uses, all of your coursework grades and final assessment are displayed in the "Report Card" area.
What does 'self-paced' mean?
'Self-paced' means you go at your own pace. When you take a self-paced, online course, you complete the lessons, assignments, exams, and other class activities when you have time and on your own time. You still need to complete the course within 6 months, however, when you decide to complete the course objectives within those six months is entirely up to you.
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