See below for answers to frequently asked questions regarding Kolbe’s self-paced courses.
Self-Paced Course FAQ
Kolbe Academy’s self-paced courses are a blend of our home school course plans and Kolbe’s live online classes. The homeschool course plan is built into the self-paced course so that the student does not need to reference the course plan to know what readings and assignments to complete. These courses also include video lectures, and may also include extraneous (optional) material, such as self-graded quizzes and additional practice assignments. There are two formats of self-paced courses: New and Original. The video lectures included in “Original” self-paced courses are recordings of classes from a previous school year held in the Online Academy, while the video lectures included in “New” self-paced courses are presentations created by our teachers that are specifically geared towards the self-paced student.
Kolbe Self-Paced courses and Kolbe Home School courses are both moderated by the Primary Educator, usually a parent. The Primary Educator is responsible for grading assignments and submitting the grades to Kolbe Academy for credit.
Self-Paced courses include extra resources, including class video recordings, additional assignments and quizzes (optional – not required to be submitted to Kolbe for an official grade), and other extraneous documents and items that are not included with Kolbe’s Home School course plans. You may opt to have your child do these additional assignments, but please note that these are not required to be completed for course credit (see Kolbe’s website for course credit requirements).
Self-Paced Plus courses contain all of the above, with additional features: pre-selected assignments that students may submit to be graded by the course’s teacher moderator and a discussion board that allows students to reach out to the moderating teacher with questions regarding course content.
Most of our Self-Paced courses have lectures created and geared specifically for the self-paced student (Self-Paced lecture format). A handful of Self-Paced courses do not yet have videos tailored for the self-paced student and instead use recordings from previous live Online Academy classes. A course that uses previous recordings will be labeled under Lecture Format as Class Recording in the details section of the course’s web page.
Course content is organized into weekly folders in accordance to the homeschool course plan. All reading and assignment instructions are listed within their specified week of the homeschool course plan. Each self-paced course includes access to an associated parent group, which includes resources such as exams, tests, quizzes, and answer keys.
The Parent Group includes our typical Homes School Course plan resources such as study guides, exams, exam answer keys, and paper topic keys – items that will allow the Primary Educator to grade required Home School exams.
Students turn in work to the Primary Educator, usually a parent, who grades assignments. The Primary Educator then may submit a grade report to Kolbe Academy for credit. Instructions on how and when to file coursework for credit can be found on Kolbe’s website.
No. Some assignments listed in the student’ self-paced course may be optional, and have been left in for context and extra practice per the Primary Educator’s discretion. To determine which assignments are required for credit, please refer to the Home School Course Plan found in the Parent Group associated with the course.
Yes. Self-paced videos do not have a limit to the amount of times they can be viewed.
For students in regular Self-Paced courses, all questions or concerns regarding courses (except technical questions) should be addressed to selfpaced(at)kolbe.org. If you would like your child to be in a course led by a teacher, you should consider enrolling in a Self-Paced plus course or the equivalent Online Course offered by Kolbe Academy.
Self-Paced Plus students have access to teachers via a discussion board listed in the Self-Paced Plus course.
Junior high courses offer 8 – 10 graded assignments and high school courses offer 12 – 15 graded assignments.
Assignments have been pre-selected by a qualified Kolbe teacher, and may include regular course assignments, quizzes, paper topics, and tests.
Yes. Questions regarding sample submissions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Send an email to techsupport(at)kolbe.org.