Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who is eligible to take a CALPRO online course?
  2. What do I need to get started?
  3. What are the benefits of taking an online course from CALPRO?
  4. How long does the course last?
  5. How many hours per week of study are required?
  6. What kind of evidence of my taking the course can I get?
  7. Can I get credit for taking the course?
  8. Can these courses be counted toward salary step advancement?
  9. How do I enroll in an online course?
  10. What additional benefits are there for taking online courses?
  11. What type of learner is best suited for online learning?
  12. How do I use Moodle?
  13. Can I take the course if I have to be away for a few days?
  14. What equipment do I need to join the Webinar?
  15. I have a schedule conflict with the first Webinar. Can I still take the course anyway?
Frequently Asked Questions Facilitated Online Courses Self-Directed Courses
1. Who is eligible to take a CALPRO online course?
  • Adult basic and literacy educators who work in programs funded by the California Department of Education may register for CALPRO online courses.
  • Adult basic and literacy educators who work in programs funded by the California Department of Education may register for CALPRO online courses.
2. What do I need to get started?
  • Computer
  • Internet access
  • Active e-mail address
  • Computer
  • Internet access
  • Active e-mail address
3. What are the benefits of taking an online course from CALPRO?
  • Practical information and techniques provided
  • Application opportunities to connect learning with practice
  • Solid research basis
  • Flexible scheduling within any given week
  • No hassles or expenses associated with transportation or childcare
  • Practical information and techniques provided
  • Application opportunities to connect learning with practice
  • Solid research basis
  • Flexible scheduling within any given week
  • No hassles or expenses associated with transportation or childcare
4. How long does the course last?
  • Four weeks
  • Total coursework takes average of 12–15 hours to complete
  • Course accessible for up to 3 months
5. How many hours per week of study are required?
  • Average of three hours per week
  • None required; extremely flexible: as few or as many as you wish
6. What kind of evidence of my taking the course can I get?
  • Upon finishing the four-week course, participants may request a Certificate of Course Completion (14 hours).
  • You may save and/or print out copies of your completed assignments.
    Note: no certificates are available for this course.
7. Can I get credit for taking the course?
  • Participants may register for 1.0 – 2.0 CEUs from California State University Sacramento (CSUS registration fee: $75). The number of CEUs varies for each course and is determined by the number of hours needed to successfully complete all required tasks.
  • None available at present.
8. Can these courses be counted toward salary step advancement?
  • Check with your employer.
  • Check with your employer.
9. How do I enroll in an online course?
  • Register for a course from the Facilitated Online Course Catalog (Online course registration ends one week prior to class start date.)
  • After registration closes, CALPRO will e-mail you  your Moodle account and instructions on how to get started.
  • Complete a short orientation to Moodle.
  • Receive confirmation e-mail of your enrollment.
  • Be sure to check your JUNK mail folder or your spam filter settings so as to allow messages from CALPRO.
  • Register for a course from the Self-directed Online Course Catalog
  • After you register, CALPRO will e-mail you your Moodle account and instructions on how to access your online course.
  • Be sure to check your JUNK mail folder or your spam filter settings so as to allow messages from CALPRO.
10. What additional benefits are there for taking online courses?
  • Networking with adult educators from all over California
  • Feedback from subject-area expert facilitating the course
  • Extreme flexibility and convenience: professional development on demand.
11. What type of learner is best suited for online learning?
  • Enjoys contributing to shared, written discussion board
  • Values networking with peers;
  • Able to discipline self to set aside time for study within a given week
  • May want or need additional time for reflection and application beyond what is possible in short face-to-face workshops
  • Highly self-motivated and self-disciplined;
  • Comfortable working alone;
  • Enjoys learning by reading, primarily;
  • Needs extreme flexibility in scheduling professional development time
12. How do I use Moodle?
  • Easy orientation is provided within the course.
  • Easy orientation is provided within the course.
13. Can I take the course if I have to be away for a few days?
  • Yes. You can contact your facilitator and discuss ways to do work in advance or catch-up, as needed.
  • Yes. There is no facilitator for self-directed courses; they are completely self-paced and self-directed. They are accessible for up to three months.
14. What equipment do I need to join the Webinar?
  • A computer equipped with high-speed Internet access; a headset or speakers to hear the presenter; in some cases you may need a telephone to join a toll-free teleconference.
  • Not applicable. The self-directed courses have no Webinars.
15. I have a schedule conflict with the first Webinar. Can I still take the course anyway?
  • CALPRO makes an effort to schedule the two required course Webinars at different times to accommodate participants' different schedules. In the event that a participant cannot attend a Webinar, he/she is expected to complete a make-up assignment in order to be considered for a certificate of course completion.
  • Not applicable. The self-directed courses have no Webinars.

Other Questions

California residents can phone CALPRO toll-free by calling 1-800-427-1422, and select Option 6, or e-mail calprohelp@air.org, for more information.

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