Frequently Asked Questions
Does this course use CSPro or Survey Solutions?
This course uses Survey Solutions. Check out the our companion course here to learn about CSPro.
What is an online course?
It is a course in which learning and student engagement happens over the internet. This course utilizes an online platform called OpenedX, which connects students to weekly video lectures, assignments, as well as discussion boards where students can interact with each other and the instructors.
What kind of time commitment is required?
On average, an online course would require approximately 3-5 hours a week, including the watching of video lectures and the completion of assignments. For those completing the optional Final Project, an additional 10-20 hours is likely to be required.
How long will the course take?
The course will run over a six-week period from 28 January to 8 March 2019. There will be eight modules in this course. Modules 1 and 2 will be released on 28 January and other Modules on a weekly, rolling basis. Exercises and Quizzes should be completed with their respective modules, but the final due date is 8 March 2019, the final day. Please don’t wait until the end!
Are there minimum system requirements to take this course?
The students are expected to have access to a computer with specification of at least 512mb RAM. Throughout the course, there will be assessments using mobile devices, thus, the students are expected to have access to Android mobile device with at least 1GB of free space, 1.5GB RAM and Android system 4.4 or higher. Unfortunately, both CSPro data entry and Survey Solutions Interviewer application does not run on iOS.
What web browser should I use?
The Open edX platform works best with current versions of Chrome, Firefox or Safari, or with Internet Explorer version 11 and above.
See our list of supported browsers for the most up-to-date information.
Do I need to buy any additional resources or materials to participate?
No, lecture videos, assignments, and other course materials are provided at no additional charge. Meanwhile, the course will guide you through the installation of the CAPI software in question, CSPro and Survey Solutions, which are also free of charge.
How will I be graded or assessed? What about certificates?
Each module is composed of lecture videos, short exercises in between, and end-of-module quiz. The students are assessed based on these short exercises, module quizzes and a final assessment at the end of module 8. Those scoring at least 75% or greater on the exercises and quizzes will receive a online (pdf) certificate of completion. Those satisfactorily completing the optional (yet highly recommended!) Final Project will receive a hand-signed printed certificate.
Will I lose access to the course site the day after the course ends?
No, you will be able to revisit the site for the foreseeable future so that you can review readings, discussion forum and other course materials. However, no assessments may be submitted after the course end date and the set deadlines.
Who can I contact if I have any questions regarding the course material?
The course has a built-in forum for the students to engage with instructors and other students. You can post any relevant concerns/questions about the course (and beyond!) and we will endeavor to promptly answer all. Other course related concerns not intended for the discussion forum should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.