FAQs about CALL Online Courses

Registration

How do I register if my diocese/parish is paying for my tuition?
 Register as normal and when asked for the payment type, choose 'check.' Inform your diocese/parish that they must put your name on the check or send your name in a separate note with the check to the following address:
CALL
Church Divinity School of the Pacific
2451 Ridge Rd
Berkeley, CA 94709

If the registration deadline is past, can I still register?Email us to find out if the class is full and if the instructor will take more students. Most of the time we can get you into the class.
Are there scholarships available?Email the CALL Program Manager to find out what scholarships are available.

Class time/structure

How much time do I need to be able to give to the class each week? 
To earn 2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), you need a minimum of 20 hours of contact time. Over the course of a 7-week class, this is approximately 3 hours per week. However, as you become engaged in the materials you may find yourself spending more time.

What times do the classes meet during the week? 
All of CALL's online classes are asynchronous which means that none of the classes 'meet' at particular times. The instructors post lectures (in the form of essays) each week along with readings and discussion questions. You work at your own pace throughout the week to complete the readings and respond to the discussion questions in written form in the forum.  Some instructors plan additional activities that may include conference calls or online chats. These are always enhancements to help people learn and never a part of the requirements of the class.

Don't I need to have a video camera on my computer to do an online class?
 No. Since the class doesn't 'meet,' there is no need for a video camera. You will only be asked to post a picture of yourself as a part of a profile.

If I work odd hours, can I still take the class?
 Yes. The work is assigned on a weekly basis and you work at your own pace over the week to complete it.

Do I have to download any software?
 You will need to access the internet and download and read .pdf files. If you can do that, you do not need to download any software. CALL houses all the course information on a server (called Moodle) that you will log into from your computer via an internet browser. The internet browsers we recommend are either Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox.

Class participation and interaction

What does class participation look like? 
Most class participation is in the form of discussion forums. These forums begin with written discussion questions offered up by the instructor to which you will be asked to post responses to the questions as well as respond to the posts of other students in the class.

How much access will I have to the instructor? 
Instructors are available by email and by phone to answer your questions. Many instructors keep office hours, much like university professors.

Do I interact with the other people in the class? 
CALL instructors encourage interaction amongst their students and would prefer to have you read each other’s posts and respond to them, encouraging and challenging one another through the course as you would in a regular classroom.

What reading materials are required? For purchase?
 Approximately 2-4 weeks before the class, you will be sent an email from that gives you a listing of required books to purchase for the class. If you live in an area that requires more time for your book to arrive, please contact the call office explaining your situation and asking for the reading list.  In addition to those books you will need to purchase, the instructor will likely give you additional readings in the form of .pdf files that you can download from the Moodle server.

CEUs, grades, etc.

Is there a grade? How are CEUs distributed?
 The minimum participation required for an instructor to grant Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to a student is: regular participation in the weekly discussion forums and a completion of a final integrative project. The instructor will offer feedback on this project and will release a CEU certificate for you. You can then print the certificate on your own printer from the Moodle server.

If you need any clarification or have further questions, don't hesitate to email us or call 510-204-0704.

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