Launching Your Journey Toward Confidence and Conviction
Teens have ideas, but sometimes they don’t know how to talk about these passions with others.
EXPRESS is an easy-to-use, faith-based online curriculum designed to teach basic communication skills to high school students. Students will develop their own voices and learn how the way they communicate in everyday life has the potential to transform and serve those around them.
COURSE LENGTH & DURATION
Students will. . .
Watch a 2-minute EXPRESS Overview.
Watch a 3-minute Welcome Video.
Watch a Short Video from Lesson 1.
Hear Transformation Stories from a Malaysian Learning Centre who used EXPRESS.
Scroll down for answers to some Frequently Asked Questions.
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Here are three steps for a strong beginning:
A. You’ll get access to 180 days of support that begins as soon as you purchase:
Q. Can I make changes to the content?
A. Express is shared by instructors around the world. You are all using the same content. Content is not editable by individual instructors. If you have suggestions for improvement, please fill out the form contained in the course "Share your Questions and Suggestions." You may fill it out multiple times throughout your Express journey.
Q. Can my students get completion certificates?
A. YES! They are found in your Reference Resources in the curriculum resource. You will decide when your student is ready to receive a completion certificate.
Q. Do you have some basic helps for me to get acquainted with this learning platform?
A. The ICC Academy is hosted by Schoology as our provider. They have created short tutorials that answer typical questions:
Q. What should I do if I have a question about how this learning platform works?
A. Our learning platform has a helps page with multiple FAQ, video tutorials, and instructional aids. Visit it at Help Center (click on Support found in the black toolbar at the bottom of every page in the ICC Academy).
Q. I saw that most instructors get access the same day they purchase? Why don’t all instructors?
A. Every online school determines their own philosophy of who gets access to their course materials. We are only able to provide access to the ICC Academy for individuals with an iccinc.org email account or those who are not registered with other Schoology organizations. If you register with a personal email address, make sure it is one not used in a different Schoology-registered school.
Q. Will my student be able to view course materials?
A. In the Express, only instructors can view the course materials. Instructors will have the ability to print student sample handouts from the instructor materials.
Q. What should I do if I’d like my student to get access to student materials?
A. Purchase Student Access for the required number of students.
Q. Can parents view the curriculum?
A. Parents of Express are not able to view the online curriculum.
A. The Student Access Plan allows online access to the online classroom of Express. Lessons there reinforce and extend the concepts and skills taught in your live classroom setting. Students will need wifi/internet to complete their homework and class preparation outside of structured, interactive class time.
Q. I am only one instructor but will teach multiple groups of students, can they be in different sections of the same online course?
A. YES! The ICC Academy is happy to link individual classrooms (called sections) in the same online course. We can link multiple sections of students to the same online course, separated into distinct sections. Read more at Linked Courses in the ICC Academy. Please request this feature when you purchase the Student Access Plan.
Q. How long does it take for a classroom to be ready for students?
A. In most cases, we should be able to build your customized, completely editable classroom for your students in 3 - 5 days after the Student Access Plan has been purchased.
Q. What type of training do you have for me as the instructor?
A. There is a course overview video for you, the Express Instructor, viewable with your iccinc.org account.
Also, your Instructor Resources folder within your course includes multiple helps:
Q. What features of the ICC Academy do you recommend an instructor use?
Q. Where are my instructor materials?
A. You’ll find your course materials in a folder marked Instructor Resources and in each lesson where they are labelled with TG (Teacher’s Guide).
Q. Are students able to view instructor materials?
A. In Express, both teachers and students have access to the course. There are individual folders marked “Instructor” which should always be kept hidden/unpublished. You do have more options to make folders available on certain dates or for limited times. You can continue reading below for more details. For further understanding, read up on Organizing your Course Materials.
Using Folder Availability
Folder Availability can be set to Published, Unpublished, Publish on start date, or Published during date range, giving you greater control over when the folder (and its material) is available to students. This way, you can create material ahead of time but keep it hidden from students until you are ready to cover the material.
If a folder is Unpublished, neither the folder nor its contents will be accessible to students. If it is set to Publish on start date or Published during date range, the folder and its contents will only be visible to students after or during the specified dates.
To adjust these settings, follow these steps:
Note: The date and time of availability follows the user's time zone. If a student of a course has a different time zone than your settings, the folder will be available according to the date and time of the student's time zone. You can change your timezone in your personal Account Settings.
Q. Why don’t the completion rules seem to work for me when I'm an instructor?
A. Completion rules only apply to those participating in the course as a student. To determine if you are a student or an instructor, click on "members". You'll find a special icon (a badge with a star) to the right of your name if you are an instructor. If, as an instructor, you remove the completion rules, your students will no longer have that completion rule in your course.
Q. If an instructor completes assignments will those responses still be in the classroom?
Instructors can add comments to any assignment. These comments will remain in the course and will be visible by all students. All discussion comments are viewable by everyone in the course.
Can instructors make changes to the course lessons?
Express is yours to edit and use as you’d like. If you would like to use it with a second class, you would pay for additional student seats at that time. We have some basic helps (click here) to get you started on revising content, if you’d like to customize any lessons.
Q. Will my students get grades?
A. Express can be graded by an Instructor. Read this guide for additional helps.
Q. Can parents view the curriculum?
A. Parents of Express may view the curriculum by signing in (signon) with the credentials the student uses to complete student assignments.
Q. Can my students get completion certificates?
A. Express has completion certificates already uploaded into your curriculum. You will decide when your student is ready to receive a completion certificate.
Q. Do I need WiFi for my course?
Q. What's wrong, I can’t I view the videos?
A. To date, the most common reason for inability to see the videos seems to be linked to trying to view the videos from the Schoology app. If you are having problems, please make sure you are signing in from a browser using this address https://academy.iccinc.org.
If videos still won’t play, please fill out the Academy Support Form for assistance.
Reach out to People Care at [email protected] People Care is also available on LIVE CHAT on our website: www.iccinc.org. Make sure you include the following needed information (failure to include this information will slow down the process).
(purchasers of 3 or more basic instructor plans)
Q. I’m the school administrator or principal, do I get access to the curriculum?
A. Every PURCHASER and every named instructor for whom the purchaser indicated at the time of purchase will be given access to the same curriculum as the instructors. If you don’t have access, and believe you should, please fill out the Academy Support Form for assistance.