Online Courses FAQ

How do I get CEUs and/or a certificate of completion?

If you are a classroom teacher, you can earn 5.0 CEUs through the University of Maine for this course for an additional $20 payable directly to the University. Educators in other states may also be able to use this course for continuing education requirements in your state. You may also request a certificate of completion from IHE for no additional fee.

To qualify for either, within seven days of the last day of the course, you must submit your responses to all exercises and your humane educator bullet point journal to and you must also actively contribute to the Online Commons discussions on at least 15 different days. (See the introductory information in your course curriculum for more information.)

How do I set up a mentoring session with the faculty?

Just email the course instructor to set up a time to talk. You’ll receive contact information for your course instructor when you begin the course.

I’m not very technologically literate. What if I have problems?

We strive to make the course as user-friendly as possible. When you receive the course curriculum a couple days before the course, you’ll also receive instructions for logging in to the course site and a “quick tips” guide to navigating the course site. We also have a staff member available to help you with any challenges.

What if I miss a day?

If you miss a day, please don’t worry. The important thing is to do what you can in a meaningful way. There are only two to three exercises each week, which affords you a little extra time and space to “catch up” if you’d like.

Where do I record my responses to the exercises & do I have to send them somewhere?

Unless the assignment specifies otherwise, where and how you record your responses is entirely up to you.

You might want to print out the course curriculum and write your responses there. Some participants choose to record all or part of their responses in the Online Commons. Most of the exercises do ask you to share at least a summary of your response in the Online Commons.

You are only required to submit your responses to the exercises to IHE if you wish to receive a certificate of completion and/or Continuing Education Units (CEUs) (see below for more details about CEUs). If you plan to apply for CEUs, it’s important that you keep a copy of your responses to the exercises. You’ll send those in electronically at the end of the course as part of the requirement for receiving CEUs. We suggest keeping them all in a single Word document.

How long will I have access to the Online Commons?

The Online Commons is open for one week following the end of the course so that you have time to collect (copy/paste) any emails or other information you wish to keep.

How important is the Online Commons?

Many participants have called the Online Commons the most important part of the course. Participants use the Online Commons (also called discussion board or forum) to connect with fellow participants and the course instructor, to ask questions, share wisdom, explore challenges and ideas, and find support.

Will I need to log in at a specific time?

There is no specific time that you need to log in to the Online Commons (OC); it is available at any time during the course.

For each exercise, the course instructor sends you a brief, inspiring email connected to the exercise; to maximize the benefit of interacting with your colleagues and the course instructor, we encourage you to post your initial response in the OC on the day of (or day after) each exercise, and to respond to others’ posts. However, we understand that doing so is not always possible, so you may find yourself responding to others’ posts a bit later. In general, that’s fine.

However, especially for the exercises where you’re explicitly asked to post a lesson plan or project and/or to give and receive feedback, it’s important that you post those on the day of the assignment.

When will I receive the materials for the course?

We’ll ship the course book after you register to give you as much time as possible to read it. You’ll receive the course curriculum, instructions for logging into the course website, and other materials a couple days before the course begins. At that time you’ll also be able to introduce yourself in the Online Commons and start connecting with your fellow participants and the course instructor.

How much time will I spend on the course?

We estimate that the course will take an average of 8-10 hours per week (allow 2-3 hours per assignment plus time for the discussions). The more time you have to devote to the exercises and the online discussions, the more transformative the course will be.

Exercises are scheduled for Mondays, Wednesdays, and/or Fridays. There are no scheduled sessions, but the Online Commons is available to you at any time during the course.

How much does the course cost?

$150 for individual; $125 for IHE Graduate Program alumni or for two or more educators/changemakers registering from the same organization.

APHE (Association for Professional Humane Educators) members receive a discount.
We also offer a limited number of scholarships.

Please visit the tuition page for cancellation, transfer, and additional details.

What does the course include?
  • A Downloadable Course Curriculum: Thought-provoking exercises you can refer to again and again.
  • Online Commons: Participants use the Online Commons to post responses to the exercises, compare experiences, share insights and resources, and connect with classmates and the instructor to get help, create solutions, and build momentum.
  • Mentoring: Your course instructor is available by phone or email to provide guidance.
  • Continuing Education Credits (CEUs): Earn a certificate of completion and/or 5.0 CEUs through the University of Maine. Teachers in other states may be able to utilize these for continuing education requirements.
  • Community: You will meet people from around the world who share your passions. Relationships and collaborations often continue beyond the course.
Will I need a high-speed internet connection for this course?

Reliable internet access is required to participate. A high-speed connection is preferred, as you’ll be accessing online resources, including videos, frequently.

Do I have to live in the U.S. to participate in one of IHE’s Online Courses?

People from all over the world participate in our online courses. No matter where you live, all you need is internet access and the passion to engage with others in creating a more meaningful life and a better world for all.