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To sign up for Universal Class, you must visit the Ephrata Public Library to fill out an enrollment form. After that, you can access any of your classes from anywhere!

How do I access the classes?
You must come into the library and fill out the Universal Class enrollment form. After you are in the system, you can access the class by clicking on the Universal Class logo on our website.

How will I know when their account is active?
You will receive an email from the library to let you know that you can begin using Universal Class. This should be within 2 business days.

Will these courses transfer as 'college credit'?
No. Sorry, continuing education courses on UniversalClass™ will not transfer as college credit. You'll need to enroll into an accredited college or university and pay normal tuition in order to have college transfer credit, and even so, it is ultimately up to the receiving institution's college admissions and/or advisor on whether or not any course anywhere will transfer as college credit.

Universal Class, Inc. is an approved IACET Authorized Provider. IACET is the premier standards-setting organization for continuing education and training. IACET Authorized Providers are an elite group of educators dedicated to quality in continuing education and training. Consumers trust the IACET CEU because they know that the Authorized Providers’ processes must follow the ANSI/IACET 1-2007 Standard for Continuing Education and Training and have been thoroughly assessed by a third party.

Will these courses give me a diploma, degree, or a license?
No. Our courses are for your continuing education, professional development, and personal enrichment. They will not provide or act as a license or degree. We do not offer programs of study, degrees, or diplomas. They will not provide job placements.

Is this course recognized by my state or country?
Sorry, we do not keep track of what courses are approved where, as our courses serve a world-wide population. If you need to fulfill specific requirements from an institution or governing body, please contact them directly about whether or not a UniversalClass™ course will fulfill any part of your coursework requirements.

Universal Class, Inc. is an approved IACET Authorized Provider. IACET is the premier standards-setting organization for continuing education and training. IACET Authorized Providers must follow the ANSI/IACET 1-2007 Standard for Continuing Education and Training. Check to see if your organization accepts IACET CEUs.

What are CEUs?
CEU stands for Continuing Education Unit. A CEU is not the same as 'college credit'. CEUs are the industry measurement of non-credit education. One (1) CEU equals 10 contact hours. Universal Class, Inc. is an approved IACET Authorized Provider. We offer IACET CEUs for our online courses.

Is Universal Class an Approved IACET Authorized Provider?
Yes! Universal Class, Inc. is an approved IACET Authorized Provider. IACET (International Association for Continuing Education and Training) is the premier standards-setting organization for continuing education and training. IACET Authorized Providers are an elite group of educators dedicated to quality in continuing education and training. Consumers trust the IACET CEU because they know that the Authorized Providers’ processes must follow the ANSI/IACET 1-2007 Standard for Continuing Education and Training and have been thoroughly assessed by a third party.

In order to achieve Authorized Provider status, Universal Class, Inc. completed a rigorous application process, including a review by an IACET site visitor, and successfully demonstrated adherence to the ANSI/IACET 1-2007 Standard addressing the design, development, administration, and evaluation of its programs.

Is there an instructor available to answer questions?
Yes. Our courses are both self-paced and instructor-led. An instructor is available to answer questions as well as monitor and assess your performance in the course.

How many hours will it take to complete a course?
All courses vary in scope, length, and work required. Most courses can be completed in 10 to 20 hours, and with a little diligence, most can be completed within 30 days. These courses are usually documented with 1.0 CEU (10 contact hours) upon successful completion. More advanced courses that will require more time will offer more CEUs, and the difficulty level is so noted on the course enrollment screen. However, everyone is different. Some people just take longer than others to master concepts covered. That's why we give you 6 months to complete any course on our service.

How long do I have to complete a course?
You have 6 months to complete any course on our service.

What happens if I need more time to complete a course?
If you need more than the 6 months you've been granted to complete a course, you may renew your enrollment and continue the course from where you left off.

Do I need to buy any textbooks?
Most courses on UniversalClass&trade are thoroughly written enough so you will not need to buy any required textbooks--although we will recommend additional reading materials to purchase--these materials are optional and you are not required to buy them to complete the course.

However, some courses do require textbooks (for example, many of the Algebra and Geometry courses require textbooks)--refer to the class syllabus for any 'required textbooks' or use the 'Request More Information' form to determine whether or not there are any required materials that need to be purchased before enrolling.

Do you have a Demo Class I can try?
Of course. Please visit our UniversalClass™ Demonstration Course for a tutorial on how our online courses are setup.

What are the technical requirements?
Universal Class works with most recent versions of major web browsers, including: Internet Explorer, FireFox, Safari, and Chrome.

What does it mean by "instructor-led"?
The phrase "instructor-led" means that a real, living person (and not a computer), is putting up all classroom content. It also implies that while instructor content is not computer generated, you don't necessarily need to meet real-time with the instructor. UniversalClass™ online courses are uniquely set up so that all types of communication and information exchanges can take place at your convenience.

When does a class start and end?
The class starts for you when you enroll. You can enroll anytime--day or night. Courses are self-paced and everyone works according to his/her own timetable. The online classroom will be open and accessible, once you're enrolled, 24 hours a day--every day of the week for up to six months. The class ends when you complete all the coursework and the instructor graduates you from the course, or when your subscription expires (after 6 months).

I just enrolled in a class, now what do I do?
You can access all the courses you are taking at UniversalClass™ under "My Classes". Click on the My Classes tab located at the top-right navigational bar anywhere on our service, and simply login with your Member ID and Password.

Once you are in the "My Classes" area, you can enter the virtual classroom by clicking on the course title which will bring you to the Class Start Page.

From here, a Student Course Wizard™ will guide you on what lessons you need to review, assignments to submit, and exams to take, in order to successfully complete the course. We recommend that you enroll in our free demonstration course for students: How to Take an Online Class at UniversalClass™.

Can I email the instructor my questions?
Yes, you can contact the course instructor at anytime by logging into the Virtual Classroom and using "Class Email" (under the "Communications" tab).

How do I submit assignments?
The assignments forms provided in the classroom will provide three different ways to submit an assignment: 1.) Type in provided text box. 2.) Copy/paste 3.) Upload your assignment file.

Do I get a 'grade' for the course?
Yes. All coursework, exams, assignments, attendance, and class participation is recorded and assessed by your instructor. Based on the grading guidelines your instructor uses, all of your coursework grades and final assessment are displayed in the "Report Card" area.

When do test score data become available?
The instructor of the course you're taking will determine when test score data is made available. Essay questions are the exception, as these questions cannot be automatically graded, instructors must grade these individually. This will take more time, and a student cannot receive a grade for these automatically.

How do I stop receiving the emails when I leave a class?
To discontinue receiving classroom information, highlight "no" to disable email notification listed in Email Alerts! on your classroom navigational bar.

When will my CEUs be available?
Your CEU documentation will be made available immediately at course completion. You can download, view, print, and share your CEU documentation once purchased. Your CEU and course accomplishment information will be saved for up to 5 years from the date of course completion.

How long are student records maintained?
Your course completions are available under the 'my transcripts' area as well as available under the 'my awards' area. We maintain student training records for up to 5 years from the date of completion. These records are readily available to review, print, or share with others at course conclusion.

What does 'self-paced' mean?
'Self-paced' means you go at your own pace. When you take a self-paced, online course then you complete the lessons, assignments, exams, and other class activities when you have time and on your own time. You still need to complete the course within 6 months, however, when you decide to complete the course objectives within those six months is entirely up to you.

What does 'instructor-led' mean?
'Instructor-led' means that there is an instructor in the course that will monitor your work, review and assess your submissions, and be available to answer any questions or concerns throughout the course.


This page was last modified on December 27 2012