Frequently Asked questions
Q: HOW LONG IS A TRIMESTER AND HOW OFTEN DO THEY OCCUR?
There are two, eleven-week, "trimesters" per year, one in the Spring and one in the Fall. There are two courses each trimester and they are taught back-to-back on Monday nights from 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM CDT.
Q: WHEN CAN I JOIN ACBS?
Open enrollment is every fall and this is the only time you can join. Every student will begin with a preliminary Admissions Course and the introductory courses: Basics of Biblical Interpretation and Doctrine 1.
Q: WHAT IS THE ESTIMATED TIME COMMITMENT OUTSIDE OF CLASS?
While this will obviously be different for each student, a good rule of thumb is 2 hours outside of class for every hour of class time. To be safe, we recommend you plan for 6 hours of study time outside of class for each semester.
Q: DO I HAVE TO LOGIN WHILE THE ACTUAL TULSA CLASS IS IN SESSION, OR CAN I LISTEN TO THE RECORDINGS ON MY OWN TIME?
We strongly encourage you to participate during the actual class times (Monday, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm CDT) to engage in the class discussions and get more out of the class. However, we realize that for some this is impossible. If you are unable to log in during class time, you will need to let your instructors know well in advance (you can email them through Sycamore once you have access to the course page). Also, we ask that you set a specific time during the week to listen to the classes.
NOTE: It is important that you do not get behind in your classes or assignments as it is very difficult to catch up and makes it hard for the instructors to grade late assignments.
Q: WHAT TECHNOLOGY DO I NEED TO JOIN THE LIVE SESSIONS?
You can join the live sessions via your computer or mobile device. It is recommended that you use a headset with a microphone whether you use a computer or mobile device. This will ensure the best audio quality possible for group discussions and answering questions. We utilize an online service called Zoom.us for web conferencing. It is a free service for you that is available on your computer via the internet and on your mobile devices for Apple or Android.
Q: I NOTICE ZOOM.US IS A VIDEO CONFERENCING SOFTWARE. WILL I BE VIEWING A VIDEO STREAM OF THE CLASSES IN SESSION?
No. The session settings have video turned off and we do not have any cameras set up. What you will see on your computer or mobile device is our shared computer screen which many times will have slides with notes corresponding with the lesson.
NOTE: You will need to confirm your webcam is turned off each time you log on, just in case.
Q: WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR JOINING THE CLASS DISCUSSION?
This varies with each instructor. There will be a facilitator in Tulsa that will manage the Zoom.us session and will assist the online students. If you wish to contribute to the conversation, simply send a quick message to the facilitator through the message center and they will raise their hand for you. Once the instructor has recognized them, you can un-mute your microphone and began speaking. Alternately, there is a "raise hand" feature within Zoom. Once the instructor or facilitator acknowledges your "raised hand," you may speak. Additionally, there may be appropriate times where you can simply unmute your mic and began speaking.
NOTE: It is important that you keep your microphone muted unless you are engaged in the conversation. This limits the background noises that could distract the rest of the class and online students.
Q: HOW DO WE RECEIVE THE COURSE MATERIALS?
Within a week of the first class, you will be notified that your course materials are in Sycamore and ready for download. Included will be a cover sheet and a spine label if you wish to print out and use it on a 3-ring binder. Each instructor handles this for his class, so be looking for emails from him concerning this.
Q: HOW MUCH DO THE CLASSES COST?
The tuition cost is $200 per semester, which includes two courses. This includes all fees related to course materials (for local students) and technology costs (for online students). There is a small convenience fee to cover the costs associated with online payment.
Q: WHEN DO I NEED TO PAY TUITION?
Payment is required at least one week prior to the start of classes. Payment can be made on the Tuition page. Or, you can mail a check: Apostolic College P.O. Box 368 Jenks, OK 74037
Q: WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR TURNING IN ASSIGNMENTS?
This may vary some with each instructor. Sycamore offers several methods that may be employed by the instructor. Some methods may have you type in a word document and upload it to Sycamore's "Dropbox." Others may have the assignment online. There are tutorials in the Sycamore Resource Library that explain each of these methods in-depth. Also, you will receive training in the Admissions Course before the classes begin.
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