Why is there a registration fee for this course?
We recognize that there is more to learning a language than watching endless videos and answering multiple choice questions, and we want you to succeed. In order to offer an improved learning experience for you, we compensate individuals so that we can make the following available to you as a learner:
Open-ended Assignment Grading: Your assignments will be graded by someone who actually speaks Spanish, and that person will be compensated for his/her contribution. We compensate these graders so they can make grading on SpanishMOOC a priority in their busy schedules. Because of this, you will receive feedback on your submissions no more than 1 week from the submission date, and usually within 48 hours.
Office hours and real-time discussions- Sometimes asynchronous communication just isn’t enough! Office hours will be made available for learners to meet with graders, teachers assistants, and teachers, and the sessions will be broadcast, indexed, and made available for the whole class
Content verification and technology review: We want to make sure everything you’re learning from is correct and works properly. Since we base our content on creative-commons materials, paid teacher’s assistants review content and produce high-quality learning modules. They also ensure the technology is running properly so you have the best experience possible.
Learning Support for Questions: You can ask questions about anything that comes to mind right as you see it! For example, if you don’t understand how a verb construction works, just ask! We’ll respond to your question within 24 hours, and you’ll get an email when it is answered
Will my assignment submissions actually be graded, and how soon?
Yes! They’ll be hand-graded, and you’ll get feedback on your submission. Your assignments will usually be graded within 48 hours of submission, and no later than 7 days after submission.
What are the system requirements?
You’ll need a computer or iPad that can watch YouTube video, an email address, access to a webcam and microphone, and an account with Google.
Does this course count toward college credit?
You will receive a certificate of completion with your letter grade, but no college credit, because the organization sponsoring this course, Instreamia, is not an accredited university. You may still be able to prove competency after taking this course if transferring to a university which allows for placement through tests.
What if I miss an assignment, quiz, or exam?
For the benefit of everyone learning together, you’ll need to keep up with the course. Assignments can be done any time prior to a quiz deadline without penalty, but once the quiz deadline has passed, you won’t be able to do assignments leading up to it. Exams are taken from your computer, at any time prior to the deadline. You won’t be able to take an exam once the deadline has passed.
Is there a specific meeting time for lectures to be held that I’ll have to be in attendance for?
We’ll have office hours available for questions, and they will be recorded and posted to YouTube. Attendance is optional for those. (we’ll be going through how the course works and answering questions)
All the material lectures are pre-recorded in small, 5-10 minute videos. I’ve done this so you can:
- Work at the time that’s convenient for you
- Re-watch them many times
- Be redirected to lectures based on assignment, quiz, and test results
Will we have a chance to practice with other students?
Yes! You’ll meet in a Google Hangout for at least 30 minutes twice each week. I’ll give you tasks and conversation details for each hangout.
Will I be able to study from my mobile phone or tablet?
Instreamia doesn’t work on phones, and it only works on the iPad 2+, but you can study from podcasts. We’ll post all the content we produce as podcasts. You’ll want to do the exercises on your computer, but listening to the podcasts when you’re on the go can help you solidify principles and work on listening.
- Podcast app for your iPhone or iPad (if you don’t already have it)
- Podcast Link for iPod, iPhone, or iPad
- Feed link for Android or Reader Apps
- View Podcasts in Browser
How will my grade be determined, and what will my certificate show?
Will I need a textbook for this course?
No, all the material will be offered through online media. I’ll be sure to post links to resources for additional reading for those who want to delve deeper into course material. I’ll also recommend some books at the end of the course for those who want to continue their study.
Is there any limit to the number of students who may register?
Yes, we are limiting enrollment to 500 students so that everyone may get timely responses to their questions and homework assignments.
I’m a language teacher – can I check out this course and see what you’re up to?
Absolutely! We’d love to have you along, and we welcome any suggestions and feedback. Just fill out this form to let us know you’d like to audit the class.
We’re also facilitating a free course just for you – “Blended Teaching of World Languages” at www.ltmooc.com. Check it out!
What is the difference between auditing (teachers only) and participating?
Those who audit the course may do the computer-graded exercises, quizzes, and tests. For open-ended assignments (ones that need to be human graded), submissions from those auditing will not eligible to be submitted to graders. Also, those auditing will not be eligible for a certificate of completion nor a letter grade.