FAQs

What sort of online learning environment does Literacy to You use?

Literacy to You  uses Moodle for the online course and Elluminate for the synchronous (live) sessions.

How do I access the course?

When you register for the course you will receive an email with your login, password and other access details.

How long do I have access to the course?

You have access to the programme for one week prior to the programme starting until two weeks after the course completion date – a total of 23 weeks.

What if I can’t finish the course on time?

Participants have access to the programme for a further two weeks after the scheduled completion date to finish the course.

What if I have technical problems?

When you register for the course you will receive details of a contact for all technical queries. You will have access to technical assistance throughout the course.

What technical equipment do I need?

You will need:

  • A broadband Internet connection
  • A Web browser:
    • Internet Explorer (7.0 or above)
    • Firefox (3.0 or above)
    • Safari (5.0 or above)
    • Google Chrome (10.0 or above)
  • A Web browser able to accommodate both JavaScript and Java.
  • An email account.
  • Headphones and microphone, camera optional.

What technical knowledge do I need?

You need to be confident using a web browser and uploading and downloading material.

Do I need to be a practicing teacher to participate in this course?

No, however, during the programme you will need access to a middle school class or group of students (ages 8–13) to complete the practical activities.

Do I have to have access to other resources and materials?

Yes. The Literacy to You  programme includes videos, lesson examples, a reading resource list and (downloadable) texts, class and cooperative lesson plans and graphic organisers.

How long is the course?

There are 3 modules in the course. You work at your own pace and in your own time. Participants will be engaged in professional learning for up to 26 hours.

Do I need to be teaching middle school (ages 8–13) students?

No. Literacy to You  is relevant for all teachers. However, during the programme you will need access to a middle school class or group of students in order to complete the practical activities.

How do I know if I need this course?

School and class data from formative and summative assessment are good indicators of your students' understanding of comprehension skills and strategies.