Frequently Asked Questions 

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Frequently asked questions

What are the advantages of taking classes online?

Convenience and flexibility are the most common advantages of online classes. Taking classes online is ideal for someone who wants to continue working while pursuing post-secondary education. Online classes allow you to fit learning into your schedule when it's convenient for you.

How much time should I spend on one class every week?

The time you spend on a class can vary. No two instructors will format their classes exactly the same. Plan to spend 6-12 hours a week on one class. The number of credits per class varies by course.

How is the material available online?

Online classes are delivered using a learning management system. Students log into firesideanalytics.academy and can select their course sites. Once a student is in their course site, they can access a variety of course materials such as lectures, PowerPoint slides, emails, assignments, readings, documents, videos links or discussion boards. They also have the opportunity to connect with their advisor as needed. 

How do I interact with the professor?

Through firesideanalytics.academy  you will be able to meet your course instructors and most program faculty virtually. Students and instructors communicate primarily through course sites and emails in online courses. Some instructors utilize Zoom for class chats or conference calls. This enhances the relationship throughout the course, as you will always have an opportunity to email the course instructors with any questions and/or concerns. If necessary, additional Zoom calls can be arranged. Instructors work to ensure they are accessible and responsive to students.

Is there interaction with other online students?

Through the online firesideanalytics.academy, you will have access to your own course group to communicate and develop relationships. Interaction with other students can be facilitated via group assignments, online discussion forums and posting boards, reading reflections and class discussions. Please note this functionality is not, by default, it depends on the course and should not be assumed. While you may not progress at exactly the same pace as other students as in a true cohort program, you will find yourself among familiar faces throughout your course.

Are there group projects within online courses?

Yes, group projects are often a part of the online course. Students are grouped together and given a topic to investigate or they can be divided into groups or learning communities to discuss questions or cases developed by the faculty. By dividing students into small groups (versus entire class) the instructors can facilitate students getting to know each other better and achieve a higher level of networking. The intent is for the students to work together electronically to accomplish their goals. For example, groups can  work together by emailing each other draft versions of documents, and then posting the final product to the student discussion board.

What is a typical schedule for an online class?

A course will typically last 4 - 8 weeks. The syllabus outlines the requirements for the course. Each week, students may be required to post online their response to a question or assignment. They may also be required to respond to posts submitted by other students in the class. Quizzes and tests are also completed online.

What are some of the challenges when taking online classes?

One of the keys to being a successful online student is self-disciplined in managing your time. This is because you are not required to be in class at a specific time, so you must be motivated to get the work done on your own. If you have a family and/or a full-time job while you are taking online classes, it is important that you establish a schedule of when and how you will complete required course materials. If you do not understand an assignment, it is important to ask questions for clarification, so you do not fall behind. Instructors make themselves available to students via email, discussion boards, virtual office hours and conference calls.

How are online classes graded? What are instructor’s expectations?

Online courses are graded just like classroom courses. High-level critical thinking is required, and students leave the course with an understanding of the subject matter and an ability to apply their knowledge in a real-world setting. Standard assignments include reading the course text and additional materials, active participation in online discussions, quizzes, or tests, writing and submitting papers etc.

Are tests available online?

Yes. Many instructors assign tests in their online classes. Students may sign an ethical agreement saying they will not copy or share their exam, and that the person taking the test is the person registered for the course. Tests may be timed, and do not typically allow for open-book responses. Learn more about Fireside Analytics Students Honour code. (link to code page)

Are online classes self-paced or scheduled?

Many of our online classes with Fireside Analytics have specific start and end dates along with due dates for assignments. There are, however, some courses that are self-paced or independent study. This will all be in the course description so you know what the course expectations are.

When can I start taking online classes?

The instructor guided courses, have specific start and end dates, however, there are some that are always available for you to start. Please see the course descriptions to know which ones are self paced and which ones have specific start and end dates. You can also email learn@firesideanalytics.com com and request dates for upcoming courses 

What if I have technological difficulties?

The Help Desk is available at learn@firesideanalytics.com, you can also raise a ticket via the contact-us page on the firesideanalytics.academy website on the bottom of the contact us page to help address technical problems students may encounter with online classes.

Can I access Fireside Analytics's library facilities if I’m taking online classes?

As an online training company, we have also tried to provide a comprehensive list of of useful resources which are available to students who are enrolled.

Can I go on vacation while taking an online class?

Online courses require weekly logins and weekly assignment submissions. Students must ensure they are able to meet the course requirements throughout the duration of the course.

Are there specific login or online participation times?

Online classes may include conference calls, online chat rooms or Zoom engagements that require a specific time commitment. Students should expect weekly due dates for assignments that require them to participate in the online course throughout the week.

How many students are in online courses?

To ensure quality course delivery, online courses have an enrollment capacity of 25- 50.