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Planning for Udemy Black Friday 2018

Confirmed:  Udemy’s Black Friday BOGO Sale

BOGO stands for “Buy One Get One” free!

This sale is confirmed, the terms and conditions came to me in an email this morning.   This promo is the lowest price they’ve ever offered through Udemy because you’ll get both classes for $9.99… so naturally, we’re planning ahead!!  In short, you have to BUY a course through Udemy on Black Friday, and you’ll get a credit for a free course that you then must redeem on Cyber Monday (Nov 26).  Limit 1 per person.

Black Friday is Friday, November 23, 2018

Udemy offers 2,500 classes, so it takes some time to develop a list.  There are specific things I look for first:  instructor bio, number of students who have taken the class, feedback rating for the instructor and the class, number of hours of content, etc.  Once I find classes that are good candidates, I make sure you can build a good high school class from it and that there is a credit exam that aligns well-enough to make it worth your time. In other words, if I wouldn’t use it for my kids, it’s not going on the list.  I am acting on the assumption that all of the classes will be part of the sale, however, last year some of the classes were NOT part of the sale- but we won’t know that in advance.

Terms and Conditions:  Buy one for Black Friday (11/22 – 11/23), Get one FREE for Cyber Monday (11/26 – 11/27)*

Overview:  Udemy courses never expire and are self-paced, online, and vary in quality by the instructor.  You can get a series or just one class, it’s up to you.  As an example, we bought all levels of Spanish from the instructor that we like (Hanley- you’ll see it below)  It will take my son several years to work through all the levels, but they never expire, so they are in my account forever!

High School / College Credit:  Udemy courses are curriculum only, so you’ll issue high school credit on your homeschool transcript but you’ll have to get creative to use these for college credit. In our case (Spanish) they are part of my multi-year plan working toward the Spanish CLEP exam – so this is to emphasize that Udemy doesn’t count directly as college credit, you’ll need to roll these into one of your college credit programs at home.  (Chapter 2 of Homeschooling for College Credit for help.)

Tip:  when searching UDemy, always use their “sort” filter and select “highest rated.”

*the fine print:

To earn a free credit, buy an eligible course between 12:00 a.m. PST on November 22, 2018 and 11:59 p.m. PST on November 23, 2018. Purchasers who qualify will receive a local currency credit equivalent to $9.99 USD, depending on account currency setting. There is a strict limit of one credit per user, and additional purchases will not make a user eligible for multiple credits.

Credit will be issued on or before Monday, November 26, 2018 and must be redeemed by 11:59 p.m. PST on Tuesday, November 27, 2018. Credits not used by this deadline will be void and will no longer be available within your account. Earned credits will show as “pending” in your account until they are eligible for use.

To be eligible for credits, a user’s account must be in good standing. If you request a refund for your entire qualifying purchase, the credit will be removed. Free course enrollments will not count as a purchase for the purposes of this promotion.

This offer is not transferable and only available to the owner of the account through which the qualifying purchase was made. Credits cannot be redeemed via the Udemy mobile app. Offer not available in Canada or Australia. Offer not available on purchases made with Boleto.




 Udemy planning for BOGO sale

buy course #1 on Friday, get a coupon to buy course #2 on Monday

 

American History: Civil War (DSST, CLEP)

United States History Prehistory to Reconstruction &  The Real History of the American Civil War

AND, add this FREE class to your cart! Victory or Death General Washington

Latin (AP)

Wheelock’s Latin Chapters 1-15  &  Wheelock’s Latin Chapter 31-40

 

Physics (AP)

Physics 1 Kinematics by Corey Mousseau & Physics 1 Dynamics by Corey Mousseau

Corey Mousseau offers 3 more AP Physics course you can explore.

 

Spanish (CLEP, AP)

Spanish 1 by Peter Hanley  &  Spanish 2 by Peter Hanley

Spanish 3 by Peter Hanley & Spanish 4 by Peter Hanley

 

Introduction to Computers (CLEP, DSST)

MS Office Training Bundle (2016) & Intro. to Computer Networks for non-tech

 

Humanities (CLEP)

Art History 1 (Prehistory to Renaissance) Art History 2 (Renaissance to Contemporary)

Music Theory 1, 2, and 3 & How to Read Literature

 

Computer Science (AP)

Java for Absolute Beginners  &  Java Masterclass

 

 

Natural Sciences (CLEP)

General Biology 1 Foundations & Chemistry 101 

 

 

 

 

Missing a subject?  Comment below!

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Planning for Udemy Black Friday 2018

Last year (2017) Udemy had a Black Friday sale – nearly every course in their catalog was offered for $9.99.  This year’s rumor is that they’re having a $9.99 BOGO sale!

BOGO stands for “Buy One Get One” free!

Please remember this is still a rumor, but if they offer it, this will be the lowest price they’ve ever offered through Udemy because you’ll get both classes for $9.99… so naturally we’re planning ahead!!

Black Friday is Friday, November 23, 2018

Udemy offers 2,500 classes, so you’ll want a short list before you shop.  Note that last year, Udemy had some classes that were not part of the sale, so that is always a possibility.

Overview:  Udemy courses never expire and are self-paced, online, and vary in quality by the instructor.  You can get a series or just one class, it’s up to you.  As an example, we bought all levels of Spanish from the instructor that we like (Hanley- you’ll see it below)  It will take my son several years to work through all the levels, but they never expire, so they are in my account forever!

High School / College Credit:  Udemy courses are curriculum only, so you’ll issue high school credit on your homeschool transcript but you’ll have to get creative to use these for college credit. In our case (Spanish) they are part of my multi-year plan working toward the Spanish CLEP exam – so this is to emphasize that Udemy doesn’t count directly as college credit, you’ll need to roll these into one of your college credit programs at home.  (Chapter 2 of Homeschooling for College Credit for help.)

Tip:  when searching UDemy, always use their “sort” filter and select “highest rated.”




 Udemy planning list if they BOGO on Black Friday

Latin (AP)

Wheelock’s Latin Chapters 1-15  &  Wheelock’s Latin Chapter 31-40

 

Spanish (CLEP, AP)

Spanish 1 by Peter Hanley  &  Spanish 2 by Peter Hanley

Spanish 3 by Peter Hanley & Spanish 4 by Peter Hanley

 

Introduction to Computers (CLEP, DSST)

MS Office Training Bundle (2016) & Intro. to Computer Networks for non-tech

 

Humanities (CLEP)

Art History 1 (Prehistory to Renaissance) Art History 2 (Renaissance to Contemporary)

Music Theory 1, 2, and 3 & How to Read Literature

 

Computer Science (AP)

Java for Absolute Beginners  &  Java Masterclass

 

Missing a subject?  Comment below!

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ALEKS has problems…

THIS IS AN OLD POST FROM 2017

ALEKS now has ACE approval through 2020!

 

You may wonder what all the fuss is about ALEKS math, and why I keep posting updates.

If you’ve never heard of ALEKS, you can get caught up to speed in a few minutes by reading my post here:  ALEKS Math…going, going,  At the time, we were sure ALEKS was expiring (credit “expires” when companies don’t renew or are denied renewal from ACE), but they kept getting short renewals – not in the 2+ year increments you commonly see by healthy companies, but in these short 30 day increments.

Thirty-day extensions left a lot of us confused about whether or not our teens could finish in time to get college credit- if they’d receive a regular renewal or none at all.  Mainly I felt hopeful that whatever paperwork or process that ALEKS needed sorting out, was probably being sorted out, and ACE was giving them the benefit of additional extensions- good faith.  In fact, ALEKS even sent emails to their subscribers indicating things were being worked out.   To read some of the highs and lows, you can read a summary of my comments regarding their extensions here ALEKS follow-up & shut-down.

Every time I post about ALEKS, I’m sure it will be my final post…. but 2 days ago, they received another 30-day extension.  I’m fortunate to have a little birdy at ACE share his breadcrumbs with me from time to time, and while he won’t give me 100% confirmation, I’ve had my suspicions about what the hold up was for some time.  Why?  Because ALEKS has loopholes.  Loopholes that everyone else has closed.  Loopholes that resourceful people can’t help but uncover in a short period of time.

What I can say on my own, is that there are a few issues ALEKS probably has to work out if they want their extension to continue after this month.   In other words, if “I” were in hired to identify problems with ALEKS MATH, and come up with solutions, these are the issues I would address immediately:

  • User’s identity/integrity is too weak.  In short, if I signed my cat up for an ALEKS account, there is never a follow-up process to check that my cat is who he says he is. A solution, used by most other ACE-Evaluated programs, is to require a government issued ID (or two) for verification.  The ID can be shown through the webcam to a live proctor.
  • Assessments aren’t proctored.  Like the user identity issue, there is never a verification that the assessment is being taken by the student.  The solution is to require ID verification before every assessment.
  • Assessments aren’t closed book.  The trouble here is that there are a large number of sophisticated websites which allow you to copy and paste entire math formulas into a box, and the entire solution is generated.  You don’t have to know how to solve a single question on any ALEKS assessment if you can locate one of these websites.  A solution is to use a lock-down browser during all assessments.  This prevents the student from having a tab open that holds a calculator.
  • Assessments aren’t timed.  The trouble with an untimed assessment is that it allows users to complete their initial assessment over a number of days or sessions instead of one session.  Requiring assessments to take place in a single, timed session with a proctor is a common practice for other ACE-Evaluated programs.

Why the big deal over assessments?

Let’s get to the elephant in the room.  If you sign up for ALEKS, your first assessment (untimed, unproctored, open book) determines your starting point for the course.  If you happen to hit over 70% on your first try, you don’t have to take the course- you instantly have received college credit!  Passing one test isn’t unlike other credit by exam options (AP, CLEP, DSST, etc.) but all of those exams are proctored, timed, and have verified your identity.

What if you don’t hit 70%?  ALEKS intends for you to begin the course.  Your assessment gives you the appropriate starting point, and after lots of math, you’ll be issued a new assessment.  But that’s not what you have to do.  

At any point, you simply assign yourself a new assessment and begin again.  There is no waiting period, in fact, there are no criteria for retake at all- you simply push the button and begin.  (AP has a 12 month waiting period, CLEP and DSST have 90 days).

As you can see, the issues with ALEKS math are real.  Even though the thoughtful parents here are supervising and monitoring their teen’s progress, the flaw is in the lack of integrity of the system, not in an individual’s integrity. When the system lacks integrity, fewer schools will allow the credit in transfer.  Fixing these loopholes would help all of us resume earning college credit through this otherwise wonderful math curriculum.

ALEKS website and list of ACE-eligible courses through 2020 

ACE CREDIT-RECOMMENDED ALEKS COURSES:
College Algebra
Trigonometry
College Algebra with Trigonometry
PreCalculus
Introduction to Statistics
Business Statistics
Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences


*Students cannot receive ACE credit for both of the courses in the following combinations:

College Algebra and College Algebra with Trigonometry
College Algebra and PreCalculus
College Algebra with Trigonometry and Trigonometry
Trigonometry and PreCalculus
College Algebra with Trigonometry and PreCalculus
Introduction to Statistics and Business Statistics
Introduction to Statistics and Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
Business Statistics and Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

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Testing, testing, 1…2…3…

Are we live?  Did it work?  If so, I am happy to announce the new Homeschooling for College Credit Website!  In the past, posts were generated through the Facebook platform and sent to our sister social media sites, but now that we have a shiny new website, all posts will generate from one place!  And can you say “searchable archives?”  Whoo hoo!