Homeschool Frequently Asked Questions
1. How can my student receive college credit for a TEL Library course?
Please note that the option to grant credit always belongs to the college or university and may also depend upon whether a course fits into a student’s degree program.
2. What is dual enrollment?
3. What TEL Library courses will be available in the Fall (and Spring 2019)?
- English Composition 1: Language and Composition
- U.S. History 1 (through 1877)
- American Government
- Computer Systems and Technology
- Quantitative Analysis 1*
In Spring 2019, we will add:
- English and Composition 2: Composition and Literature
- Introduction to Communication
- Student Success
- U.S. History 2 (after 1877)
- Latin 1
- Introduction to Christianity
- Quantitative Analysis 2
- Physical Science
*Quantitative Analysis is a two-course Math sequence designed to satisfy the Math requirements for high school and for students not intending to major in Science, Engineering, or Math in college. These courses cover number sense, algebra, geometry, logic, statistics, and foundational trigonometry and calculus. These courses focus on applying math in ways that are relevant in personal and professional contexts. Students taking Quantitative Analysis will be well prepared for college statistics courses.
**Latin 1 is a one-semester college course and is the equivalent of Latin I & II in high school (a full year of language instruction).
Students can enroll in available courses at anytime throughout the year. There are no prerequisites for any of the classes offered in Fall 2018 or Spring 2019.
4. How can students learn effectively in an online course?
We have used our collective experience to design an online learning experience that provides a high-quality, engaging learning experience, and that gives students flexibility with regards to studying and working online or offline. We also take every care to ensure that our platform is easy to access and navigate, and that our lessons are intuitive. Students in TEL Library courses never wonder “where they are” or “what they are supposed to do next.” Finally, our courses undergo a continuous review process to ensure that all content is accurate and all links to outside resources are active.
Each lesson consists of a core learning content that follows an identical sequence. All core content exists inside the TEL Library platform.
- Inquire — This section includes an Overview and a Big Question that contextualize student. The goal of this section is to help students understand why the lesson concept is important and how it applies to the student’s personal experience.
- Watch – This is a 3-minute video that provides an overview of the lesson content. Each video includes a downloadable transcript to support different learning preferences or needs.
- Read — This section covers the core lesson topics, information, and definitions.
- Reflect — We provide a low-stakes, non-graded poll in each lesson to encourage students to think about how the lesson information applies to them personally.
- Expand — This is a second, shorter reading that takes a deeper look at a specific area of the lesson concept, or provides an application example.
- Check Your Knowledge — We help students test their understanding of the lesson content with a practice quiz.
Finally, each lesson provides a list of additional, external resources in the Lesson Toolbox. These are links to other Internet sites that help students learn more about the lesson concept.
Students demonstrate their learning in TEL Library courses in three ways. First, they complete Evidence assignments for each course module. These assignments require students to synthesize what they have learned in the module and to complete a short writing assignment. In addition, students must pass a formative assessment at the end of each module. Finally, students are required to pass two proctored exams for each course. Proctoring for TEL Library courses is managed by our proctoring partner, Examity.
5. How will my student obtain a transcript for courses completed through TEL Library?
6. Is there a study guide for TEL Library courses?
TEL Library courses also feature learning outcomes for the course, as well as each module and lesson. These serve as a guide to the information that students will be responsible for in order to perform well on graded tasks.
7. How do students know what work is required for a course?
8. Do students have to complete all the reading assignments or other non-graded materials in a course?
9. What graded work is required in TEL Library courses?
To receive credit for completing a course, students must achieve a minimum “passing” grade of 70% on all course assignments.
10. Who grades the quizzes, assignments, and assessments in TEL Library courses?
All major exams (summative assessments) in TEL Library courses are delivered through TEL Library’s proctoring partner, Examity.
11. What if my student does not “pass” a course?
12. How do you ensure that students are able to complete the required quizzes, assignments, and assessments after working through the course materials?
Every TEL Library course goes through extensive evaluation to ensure that learning outcomes are covered appropriately in the lesson learning materials, and that quizzes, assignments, and assessments are tied to those same learning objectives. These evaluations are performed by TEL Library Learning Design and Editorial teams and, equally important, are a cornerstone of the evaluation performed by our credit-granting or credit-recommendation partner(s) in order to approve our courses.
13. Who proctors TEL Library exams?
At the beginning of each exam, students will show their photo ID to the exam proctor, and then begin the exam. Proctoring services use multiple methods to ensure student integrity during the examination process, including human monitors and system algorithms that detect unusual behavior.
14. How does TEL Library handle science and math courses?
TEL Library’s Quantitative Analysis curriculum is a two-course Math sequence designed to satisfy the Math requirements for high school and for students not intending to major in Science, Engineering, or Math in college. These courses cover number sense, algebra, geometry, logic, statistics, and foundational trigonometry and calculus. These courses focus on applying math in ways that are relevant in personal and professional contexts. Students taking Quantitative Analysis will be well prepared for college statistics courses.
TEL Library math courses feature an additional work section devoted to solving math problems and equation.
15. How do students receive help on course topics or assignments?
16. How long does it take for students to complete your courses?
It’s important to keep in mind, however, that TEL Library courses are designed for flexible, self-paced learning. This means that students can work through them at their own pace and according to their unique homeschool schedule.
17. Can parents monitor student progress in courses?
18. Can TEL Library help parents select and sequence the courses their high school students should take?
19. Can I use the TEL Library curriculum that my high school student is taking with his or her younger siblings?
Only the student registered for a purchased course can receive grading for course. If a parent has two students needing credit for a course, he or she will need to pay separately for each student. This is one of the reasons we offer our courses as such a low price.