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FAQs about Online Gerontology Courses

When are the online programs scheduled?

Links for all online courses including course descriptions, schedules and registration information can be found on on the Online Gerontology Course home page. 

Which course is right for me?

We suggest you review each of the course descriptions and select the one of greater interest to you currently. All the courses are designed to complement one another but each course is distinct. Together, they provide a broader and deeper survey of gerontology and aging.

For the Elder Mistreatment Courses, it is recommended that you complete Elder Mistreatment: Understanding Abuse and Neglect (Part I) before completing Elder Mistreatment: Prevention of Abuse and Neglect (Part II) as the course build on each other.

The overview pages for selected courses - Fundamentals of Gerontology or Managing Health and Chronic Conditions in Older Adults or Elder Mistreatment.

Is one course supposed to be taken first, or can I take either one in any order?

The Fundamental of Gerontology or Managing Health and Chronic Conditions courses can be taken in any order as the content and readings are different. Neither course is more difficult than the other.

For the Elder Mistreatment Courses, it is recommended that you complete Elder Mistreatment: Understanding Abuse and Neglect (Part I) before completing Elder Mistreatment: Prevention of Abuse and Neglect (Part II) as the course build on each other.

Again, we suggest you review the course descriptions and select the one of greater interest to you currently.

The overview pages for selected courses - Fundamentals of Gerontology or Managing Health and Chronic Conditions in Older Adults or Elder Mistreatment.

Is it possible (or recommended) to take both courses at the same time?

This is an individual decision. If you are a first-time student to online education, it might be wise to take one course at a time. Each five-week course will be offered on different dates, as outlined on their respective web pages.

What’s the time commitment for these online courses?

On average, students should plan to devote 2-3 hours per week to self-directed activities that include video lectures, readings, and rigorous weekly quizzes. The sole requirement to pass is scoring at least 80% on each week’s quiz.

How many lectures are there per week?

One pre-recorded video lecture and an additional introductory video in Week One of Fundamentals course. Lectures can be viewed at any time of day during the designated week (e.g., Week Two’s lecture is available Monday-Sunday of second week). All lectures will be made available again during the final weekend of the course.

Do I have to log in and attend each day for five weeks? 

No. Students can view the video lectures, read articles and complete quizzes at any time each week, making this program very flexible for working professionals.  Students have access from Monday 6:00 AM PT/9:00 AM ET - Sunday Midnight PT to each week’s course material.

Is each week’s material accessible during the entire course or only for that week?

Each weekly segment’s lecture and readings can be accessed only during the specified calendar week, Monday-Sunday. Example: After Week One ends, you cannot access its learning materials until the final weekend of the course, when all of the lessons will be again available for makeup.

Will I have access to lecture PowerPoint slides?

Yes, PowerPoint slides/notes are posted for each week's lesson if available from USC lecturer. Note taking is also recommended.

Can I receive CEUs (Continuing Education Units) for my participation in the online courses?

Beginning with our 2017 course offerings, ASA is able to offer 10 CEUs per online course from select accreditation providers to individuals who successfully complete all course requirements. Click here to learn more.

In order for CEUs to be issued, participants must pass the entire online course and complete the course evaluation, which will be verified by ASA Staff. The non-refundable $50 CEU fee can be paid at time of registration.

Instructions on how to claim CEUs will be sent to participants within 30 days of course completion.

Completion of required course work also results in a certificate of completion issued by USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology which may be listed on your resume.

What is the role of the instructor?

To record video lectures, respond to emails and questions about content, guide students, and determine who passes or fails. Teaching assistants may help answer emails. There is no interaction with the other students.

How quickly can I anticipate a response to a question?

For content-related questions, the instructor will respond within two business days (48 hours); technical questions sent to the designated email address will be addressed within one business day (24 hours).

What if I fall behind or cannot complete the course due to a major life event?

During the two final weekend days (Saturday/Sunday) of the course, you can access all five weeks’ material to complete missing assignments, or retake quizzes. Please email your instructor for guidance at any time during the course.

While the tuition for this course is non-refundable, we do occasionally allow students to retake the course. Decisions are made on a case-by-case basis. Please send your request to info@asaging.org by the end of the second week. If you are allowed to retake the session, a $50 processing fee will be charged toward the next section offered. You may only reschedule the course once.

How do I pass the course and receive my certificate?

You must achieve 80% or higher on the weekly quizzes (unlimited retakes are allowed each week). Approximately one week after session end, the teacher will inform you of your status (pass/fail) by email. The USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology will issue and mail Certificates of Completion to each successful graduate within one month of the course end.  Please make sure that ASA has your correct mailing address on file as this will result in delayed receipt of your certificate.

Does each online program result in a separate certificate of completion

Yes, each program offers a unique certificate.

How can I pay by check OR register a group on one invoice?

Please send an email request to info@asaging.org, or call 800-537-9728 and ask for registration support for the Fundamentals of Gerontology or Health and Wellness in an Aging Society program.

Are there group- or registration-for-both-sessions discounts, or financial aid available? 

ASA and its USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology partner are offering the lowest possible registration fee per course.  There are no further discounts.

How long does it take for a paid registration to result in an email from USC providing access information for the online course? 

One week before the start of class, you will receive an email invitation with a unique link to create an account providing access to the educational portal at www.coursesites.com.

If I were to enroll in multiple courses, do I have to create multiple user accounts on the educational portal website, www.CourseSites.com?

No, you will be able to access all courses through same account.

I already took a course. Will I use the same account for a new course?

Yes, your invitation to the course site will include an option for those who already have an account. Use the password retrieval function, if you’ve forgotten your credentials.

I did not receive invitation email from USC.

Check your spam folder for email from @usc.edu, or contact ASA at info@asaging.org or 1-800-537-9728.

I still cannot log on to the educational portal to start the course.  I changed my ASA password.  Please help.

You cannot use your ASA login credentials to login into www.coursesites.com.  Please follow the instructions in the email invitation from USC to confirm and create a profile, or email jalejand@usc.edu if you continue to have difficulty.

If my organization is a member, but I am not, can I still receive the member pricing?

Yes, please contact ASA at info@asaging.org or call 800-537-9728 for assistance.

I am not a member—how do I register?

Click here to learn more about ASA membership and to join. Then visit the overview page for your selected course (Fundamentals of Gerontology or Managing Health and Chronic Conditions in Older Adults or Elder Mistreatment) to enroll.

Additional questions?

Please email info@asaging.org or call 800-537-9728. 

 

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