20 Questions About: Coursework

+1. How do your courses work? What’s the difference between Print-Based and Online?
  1. How do your courses work? What’s the difference between Print-Based and Online?

Most courses have their own course text(s) containing a combination of practical strategies, methods and research-based theory for classroom teaching. Learners Edge works to use the most applicable and popular texts in the field. All 3 credit courses include the following sections:

  • Read and Respond: Each course uses a study guide with questions aligned with the readings.
  • Reflection Requirement: Every 3-credit course has a Reflection Requirement that is a minimum of 2 pages long. The Reflection Requirement allows you to deepen your learning on the topic, and to explore related issues.
  • Resource Requirement: An opportunity to customize your learning by finding and summarizing current articles and blog posts that support the content of your course.
  • Application Requirements: Applications are designed to be relevant and useful to teachers in their classrooms, so each course requires that you create something applicable to your teaching situation.

Most courses are available in both formats, depending on topic and resources. Both Print-Based and Online courses:

  • Are similar in scope, content and readings
  • Are submitted online, rather than via mail. We do love our trees, and are happy to offer online submission!
  • Include a hard copy of the course text (if applicable)

Course Materials

Print-Based Format has no online video viewing requirements, and the syllabus is loaded to your My Edge page; the Online Format is infused with multi-media clips to enhance learning, with all materials (including the syllabus) online.

Feedback

For Print-Based courses, evaluator feedback is given on coursework, holistically, when course requirements are uploaded within the Learners Edge online environment. For Online, evaluator feedback is given after each module submission (3 Modules for a 3 credit course).

You can review course syllabi and course reviews on our website under each individual course description. No matter which format you choose, you will always find our courses to be thought provoking and practical.

+2. What degree(s) do I need in order to take your courses?

You must hold a minimum of a baccalaureate degree to enroll in course with Learners Edge.

+3. What if I am not in the classroom right now, or not in a “traditional” teaching role?

Our courses are written to accommodate you whatever your professional role in education may be. We are always happy to work with you to insure the work you are doing is both applicable to your career, and still meets course requirements.

If you find that an assignment doesn’t fit with your professional role, we’d love to hear about your ideas for modification. We can provide alternative activities for people who do not currently have access to students. For example, for an application option that requires student input, in most circumstances, we encourage you to draw on previous classroom experience. Feel free to contact us at instructor@learnersedgeinc.com with any questions!

Some courses are a better fit than others if you are not a classroom teacher: we have a list of fantastic courses that we recommend frequently for guidance counselors, nurses, social workers, speech-language pathologists, and other non-teaching education professionals.

+4. Which bear is best?

We have a variety of possibilities to consider here: gummy, polar, and Jenny really liked that video about the pandas and their zookeeper…but we are gonna go with the brown bear. The brown bear is best.

+5. How should I format my coursework?

Our courses have specific submission guidelines that are explained within both the online environment and the print-based syllabus. No need to retype the questions – just number the questions and sections (like Read and Respond, Reflection, etc) clearly, and we will be happy evaluator elves!

+6. Do I need to cite sources that I use when completing my coursework?

We will provide you with everything you need to complete your coursework; no need to cite the articles, websites and texts that are provided to you (by us) to complete the course.

Some assignments ask you to research particular topics or strategies. In that case, we ask for a simple citation (author, title, website, URL, etc); no need to use a particular citation style (like APA or MLA).

+7. How long does it take to complete a 3-credit course?

Our courses carry graduate credit through our University Partners, so we are accountable for ensuring high levels of quality and rigor. Per standard practice in the field, each 3-credit course explores the equivalent of 45 hours of content. Because everyone learns and processes differently, some folks take less time, and some take more time. Due to the nature of “self-paced” courses, we always recommend consideration of your other work, home, and life responsibilities before registering for your course(s). Only you can truly tell how long the course will take, and if you are able to complete it in a particular timeframe. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

+8. I am having a hard time completing my coursework. Can I request an extension?

If you don't think you're going to meet your Session deadline, you have two options:

  • Option 1: Complete your courses within the Session grace period. This provides you an additional two weeks to finish your coursework. This is automatically awarded to everyone that hasn't completed their course(s) by the Session due date.  No need for any additional steps on your part.
  • Option 2: Move your courses into the next Session, in the form of a course reinstatement. This option requires a $150.00 reinstatement fee per course, and a quick call to our Customer Support Team at 877-394-4930.  *Please note, each course may be reinstated one time only.
+9. What if I want to work on my coursework with my team or another teacher?

Great learning happens within collaboration! For these situations, we have a Collaboration Policy that is clearly documented in the course syllabi. If you have questions, please contact us and we will supply a copy of the policy.

+10. How is my grade determined?

A grading rubric is included in your course syllabus that outlines the expectations for successful completion of your coursework. Also, like many teachers, we never turn down cookies or snacks (Just kidding!)

+11. How can I be sure I am doing everything right? what kinds of feedback will I get?

Hey, thanks for being so conscientious!

Online evaluators offer feedback on submissions for each of the course modules, so you will get a good idea of how you are doing as you move through the course.

Evaluators for Print-Based customers will give general feedback upon evaluation of submitted work.

If you would like an instructor to let you know if you are on the right track as you are working on the coursework, please email instructor@learnersedgeinc.com for feedback.

+12. I’m nervous about passing this course. What if I don’t meet course requirements?

After your coursework is reviewed by the instructor, he or she will provide personalized feedback.  Please check back into each course Module to view the response.  If the work you've submitted doesn't meet requirements, you'll be given specific notes and a deadline by which necessary revisions must be received, at no penalty to you.  Please don't worry- we will work with you as needed to ensure all course requirements are successfully met.  None of that 30 lashes with a wet noodle business. 

+13. Why do people drive on parkways, and park on driveways?

This has stumped us for years. Suffice it to say that we blame it mostly on the fact that the English language is a BEAST to understand. Just ask our resident German guy, Jens.

 

+14. Is there an e-textbook for online courses?

In most of our Online courses, a hard copy of a text will be mailed to you after registration. There are some courses for which the material will be completely online. At this time, we do not offer e-books for course texts.

+15. I am done with my Print-based Course, now what?

Well, obviously first, you celebrate! Upload your coursework via our online platform:

(Click for detailed printable instructions, or to watch a video tutorial)

  • Click on Course Login (top of each page).
  • Log-in using your Learners Edge Customer Number and Password (use the Forgot Customer #/Forgot Password links if you need assistance remembering your credentials).
  • Click on your course in the topline navigation and follow the instructions on the course homepage (You do not need to submit your cover page with this option. If you do not see your course in the topline menu, click on the courses icon in the upper right corner of your screen.).
  • Comments will be provided in the online environment upon evaluation of your coursework, please check back in the online environment to ensure all requirements are satisfactory.

If all else fails? Visit your friendly post office and send completed work to:

Learners Edge
Attn: Coursework
10523 165th St. W.
Lakeville, MN 55044

Once you submit your work, please give us 3-5 days (near the end of session, we ask for 5-7 days - we have a lot of work coming in at that time!) for evaluation of coursework submitted electronically, and 5-7 days for Print-Based work submitted via mail. You’ll get an email notification that your work has been returned to you so you can view evaluator feedback, and you can resubmit if necessary.

As soon as your work is found to be complete, if it is after the grade release date for the session (see #18), you will receive a course completion email from Learners Edge. This means your grade has posted to your Learners Edge record, and you will have access to your Learners Edge letter of completion.

+16. Who will be evaluating my coursework? What are the qualifications of Learners Edge instructors?

All instructors and evaluators hold a Masters Degree, or higher, in education, and each has significant teaching experience with various grade levels and subject areas. Our super-smart instructors and evaluators are committed to providing you with quality professional development. We get what it’s like to be in the trenches of education!

+17. I know you are in Minnesota. Did you know Prince?

Not personally, but each of us in Minnesota felt we knew him well. May he Rest in Peace.

+18. When will I get my grade?

Your course grades are posted by session. Grades will be reported to our University Partners and available to you during the date ranges listed below:

  • Spring - Grades available January 2- May 15
  • Summer - Grades available May 16- September 16
  • Fall - Grades available September 2- December 31

If your coursework meets all criteria, a grade will be available on your My Edge page within 3 business days for an online course being submitted and 5-7 business days of your print-based work being received.

NOTE FOR EAGER BEAVERS: You may complete and submit coursework anytime, however, grades for your session can be released only during the availability dates as listed above.

+19. How do I view my grade(s)?

The following directions will allow you to view and print your Letter of Completion:

  1. Please click on the blue "My Edge Login" button at the top of our website.
  2. Scroll down and enter your customer number and password.
  3. Once you're logged in, you'll notice a number of blue buttons across the top. 
  4. Click on the blue "my course history" button.
  5. Scroll down to the listing of your courses.
  6. Click on the triangle to the left of your course title. 
  7. You should now be able to click on and print your Letter of Completion.
  • Grades will be forwarded to the University Partner. Please note grades may take several days to be posted by your chosen University Partner.
  • For transcript information and anticipated timelines, please see the All Things Transcripts section on this page and follow the instructions for the University Partner providing you with graduate credit. A transcript will be processed by the University Partner registrar upon your request.
  • If you have submitted work for multiple courses, prior to requesting your transcript, please make sure all your grades have been posted at your specific University Partner.
+20. I have special needs; do you have accommodations for me?

Please call, or contact us at instructor@learnersedgeinc.com to discuss any accommodations that you require immediately following registration. We will do our best to make sure that you can successfully complete our course

 

All Things Transcripts

Congratulations on completing your course or courses!

To request a transcript, please click on your University Partner’s link (below) once you have received notification from Learners Edge that all grades from all your courses have been submitted. Follow the instructions for your university partner. 

Please review your unofficial transcript online (via the University Partner’s page above) or contact the Registrar's office at the University Partner you selected, to ensure all grades and courses are listed before requesting an official transcript.

Use the links to specific University Partner pages for information on transcript timelines.

The cost of a transcript is typically nominal or free, varying by University Partner. Your University Partner’s link above can guide you to this information.

Registration Questions

+1. What types of payments does Learners Edge accept?

We gladly accept checks if registering through the mail, or Visa, Mastercard or Discover. For information or questions about a P.O. or invoicing, please contact us at info@learnersedgeinc.com

+2. What is included in the course fee?

Prices include graduate credit, the course materials—including hard copies of texts – and our wonderful customer service. We will even greet you if we meet you on the street. There are no hidden fees!

+3. What about international orders?

Due to increased mailing costs, please add $20 to all international orders.

+4. When do courses start and end? When are your courses offered?

You can register for a course on our website at any time during the registration periods noted below. Once you receive your materials, you can get started, you overachiever, you! You have until the last day of the session for which you register to complete and submit your coursework.

Fall Session:

Spring Session:

Summer Session:

Registrations will be accepted between Apr 15 - Oct 15

Registrations will be accepted between Sep 15 -  Mar 15

Registrations will be accepted between Jan 1 - Jul 15

Coursework is due 11/15 (or first business day after this date)

Coursework is due 4/15 (or first business day after this date)

Coursework is due 8/15 (or first business day after this date)

Grades available September 2- December 31

Grades available January 2- May 15

Grades available May 16- September 16

+5. How do I know if a course is “full”?

Lucky for you, a course is never “full,” in traditional academic terminology, because almost all of our courses are self-paced distance learning courses. You’ll always be able to take the distance learning courses you want, when you want to take them.

+6. What is love?

"Baby, don’t hurt me, don’t hurt me, no more."

+7. Why can’t I find a course I heard about from a friend, a couple of years ago?

Sorry about that! Connect with us, and we can help you to figure out which course it was, and if it is still available. In an effort to remain current in our offerings, we do occasionally retire courses where there is no update or suitable replacement for an outdated text.

+8. Are your courses graduate level?

Our courses are graduate level continuing education courses, and all are approved as “degree eligible” by our regionally accredited University Partners.

+9. Are you on semesters or quarters?

Our courses run on semesters, in alignment with our University Partners’ calendar.

+10. How many credits can I take in a session?

In Spring Session = 9 credits

In Summer Session = 12 credits

In Fall Session = 9 credits

+11. Are you dog people, or cat people?

We have both kinds of people in our company, and a few who are both. One person has a pet hedgehog, but no one really understands why. It’s safe to say that most of us are people who love animals.

+12. What if I need to cancel a course?

If you'd like to take a different course, please contact us and we'd be happy to switch courses. To cancel your course, you have 30 days from the course order date (printed on your receipt) to do so. A $40 cancellation fee will apply. We are unable to offer any refunds for course cancellations after 30 days. For questions, please contact support@learnersedgeinc.com

+13. What if I need to meet an upcoming transcript deadline, can I submit my coursework early?

Coursework may be submitted whenever it is complete, even before the end of the Session. Please keep in mind that we are only able to begin processing coursework due by the following dates each Session:

Spring Session: January 2nd (or first business day after this date)

Summer Session: May 15th (or first business day after this date)

Fall Session: September 2nd (or first business day after this date)

+14. When should I have my coursework completed if I need to renew my teaching license by June 30th?

If you are working under this deadline, we strongly encourage you to register for Spring Session (registration ends on March 15th; coursework is due on April 15th). Submitting coursework by the end of the Spring Session allows us time to evaluate your coursework and submit grades to our University Partners, so you can receive the necessary documentation required to renew your teaching license.

+15. Do Learners Edge courses qualify for student loan deferment? Do you offer financial aid?

Continuing Education courses do not qualify for student loan deferment. Learners Edge does not offer financial aid or tuition reimbursement.

+16. How do I get a receipt to show I paid for my course?

A receipt is included with your materials. If you are like many of us, and you cannot locate the receipt, give this a try:

  1. Please click on the blue "My Edge Login" button at the top of our site.
  2. Scroll down and enter your customer number and password.
  3. Once you're logged in, you'll notice blue buttons at the top of the page.
  4. Click on the blue "my order history" button.
  5. Scroll down to the listing of your orders.
  6. Click on the word receipt above your course.
  7. You should now be able to click on and print your receipt.

If only the receipts from most stores were that easy to locate!

General Information

+1. Who is Learners Edge, and why should I choose you?

Well, we did earn the “Coolest Team” award in our (largely vacant) section of the office park, AND we have a real live German on staff, but more importantly, we are teachers and education supporters who want to make a difference in education by supporting YOU. We all agree on the following:

  • You need meaningful, relevant, professional development that can be applied immediately to your educational setting.
  • You will get the most out of your courses if you can work when and where you choose, so our courses are flexible and self-paced.
  • Continuing education graduate courses shouldn't break the bank. We respect your pocketbook.
  • If you improve your craft, students achieve at higher levels. Win-win.
  • You deserve to be supported with ridiculously timely and helpful customer service.

Plus, we are nice folks who really want to make your professional development the best it can be.  Beats watching a PowerPoint, or hauling your stuff to a cold college classroom for hours at a time!

+2. What if I have questions about coursework, registration, or the meaning of life?

We have a variety of ways to help you connect with us.**

By Mail:

By Phone or Fax:

By Email:

Online Chat

Learners Edge

10523 165th St. W.

Lakeville, MN 55044 

Twin Cities Metro:
952-469-3454

Toll Free:
877-394-4930
Fax:
952-469-2790

Customer Service Team: Info@LearnersEdgeInc.com

Course Instructors: Instructor@LearnersEdgeInc.com

Click on our button in the top right corner of our website

 

**We are also working on telepathy, and will update this reference table AND NASA when we figure that one out.

Our Customer Service Team is available to help you with:

  • Registration Information
  • Coursework and materials shipping information
  • User Login/Password questions
  • Coursework extensions
  • Grading questions
  • Updating your Customer Record

Our Course Instructors are available to help you with:

  • Modifications to, and assistance with, course requirements
  • Course recommendations
  • Course applicability to your position
  • Questions on our Book Study, i-Course, and Tech Study
+3. Do you offer certificates or Masters degree programs?
  • Certificates: With our partners, we have developed a series of non-degree certificates link to page/section here around our most popular continuing education courses.
  • Masters Degrees: Augustana University offers an online Masters in Education featuring concentration courses in technology, special populations, reading, STEM, or instructional strategies.
+4. Do I really have to lather, rinse, and repeat EVERY TIME I wash my hair?

Now we are getting into dicey territory. We strongly recommend doing whatever the bottle instructions say to do. Or just use dry shampoo.**

**Learners Edge does not endorse, claim expertise in, or advocate any kind of specific hair care routine or product.

+5. What other types of professional development do you offer?

Please contact us for more details on any of the following:

District/School Initiatives: We’ll partner with your district/school to offer graduate credit for extension activities tied to staff development goals/programs. Please contact us for more details.

Book Studies: As a group, select an education and research-based text to discuss, and apply your learning. This could be a text you are required to read as a school or district (pending approval).

i-Course: The i-Course is an independent study course that enables you to pursue a topic of particular personal and professional relevance and interest. You’ll choose a suitable text to help you improve both your instruction and student learning.

Tech Study: An independent study option empowering you to pursue study of a technology tool to impact instruction and student learning in new, powerful ways. 

Workshops/Conferences: Learners Edge coordinates graduate credit for selected workshops and conferences.

+6. I want to work for Learners Edge! Where do I send my resume or letter of interest?

Of course you want to work with us! Click to our About Us page and scroll down to Careers at Learners Edge. We'll let you know when we're looking for amazing, talented people like you.

+7. Can I request a 1098-T from Learners Edge?

According to IRS regulations, Learners Edge is not a qualified academic institution. Therefore, we are unable to provide a 1098-T for tax purposes. We encourage you to check with the University Partner with whom you registered for any specific tax Information unique to that institution.

Lane Change, License Renewal and Approval

+1. Will these courses count toward salary advancement (lane change) and/or license renewal in my state?

Learners Edge courses offer graduate level credit (posted in semester hours) from our University Partner. All Partner colleges/universities are regionally accredited, with quality teacher continuing education programs. Although our courses are designed to fulfill requirements for license renewal and salary advancement, we strongly recommend that you seek prior approval of Learners Edge courses from your state or district before registering with us, as many state and district requirements are unique.

+2. How do I choose a University Partner? What if there isn’t one in my state?

Please check with your state’s Department of Education to see if they have an approved list of institutions from which you can receive approved graduate credits. If your state criterion meets the following list, you may choose any of our University Partners:

  • Courses must be graduate level
  • Offered in semester credits
  • Institution must be accredited
+3. Are the University Partners accredited?

Yes, each of our University Partners is regionally accredited. Please visit each University Partners page (See FAQ #1 above) for specific accreditation. Some school districts require that courses for relicensure or salary advancement be taken from a regionally accredited university; this is exactly what we offer you with our established partnerships.

+4. Can I use Learners Edge courses to help fulfill Pennsylvania’s Act 48 requirements?

If you are planning to use one or more of our courses to satisfy Pennsylvania Act 48 requirements please note the following:

  • All credits and hours must be related to an educator’s certificate type or area of assignment, unless enrolled in an administrative program or approved by the school board. Collegiate credits earned outside of Pennsylvania must be submitted on an official college-sealed transcript to:
    PDE Act 48 Transcripts
    333 Market Street
    8th Floor
    Harrisburg, PA 17126
  •  If you have specific questions regarding Act 48 please contact the Pennsylvania Department of Education at http://www.education.state.pa.us/ or 717-772-4944.
+5. What if I don’t need graduate credit? Does Learners Edge offer options?

Absolutely! If you don't need graduate credit you can complete a course as non-credit for a reduced price. The course requirements are the same, but you will neither receive a grade nor a transcript for a "non-credit" course. Upon successful completion of requirements, you will receive an email indicating your work was completed successfully - you will not receive a letter grade, nor be able to receive a transcript.