Who takes Gratz NEXT courses?
Gratz NEXT participants are Jewish educators who work in a variety of capacities. Supplementary school teachers, early childhood educators, education directors, youth group advisors and other specialists working in both formal and informal Jewish educational settings take NEXT courses. At NEXT, we strive to provide a variety of courses each semester that support the development of teacher skills related to pedagogy (eg. classroom management, project based learning, inquiry based learning), as well as to specific content areas (eg. prayer, Hebrew, Jewish music).
Who teaches Gratz NEXT courses?
Gratz NEXT instructors are selected for their expertise on a certain topic or in a specific content area relevant to Jewish education. All Gratz NEXT instructors have significant experience working in Jewish education.
What are the general requirements for participating in a Gratz NEXT course?
Gratz NEXT course participants have a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. There are no prerequisites for participation, and each course description provides some detail about the ideal candidate for the specific course. If you are considering a course and want to better understand if it is the right fit for you, and your learning needs, please reach out to the instructor or the program director for more information.
What are the technical requirements for participating in a Gratz NEXT course?
Participants need to have access to an internet connected device and an email address that they check regularly to ensure communication with their instructor. If you are concerned about your technical abilities, please write [email protected] to discuss your skills and take an individualized assessment to help evaluate what types of support might ensure your success.
What is the Gratz NEXT cancellation policy?
We understand that Gratz NEXT participants can have extenuating circumstances that challenge their participation. If a registrant decides to withdraw from a course within 3 days of the course opening, his tuition can be refunded. If a participant elects to withdraw after 3 days but before the end of the second week, the situation will be reviewed on a case by case basis. The most typical resolution is that the participant will withdraw from the course and receive a ‘credit’ to take another NEXT course during a future semester.
No refunds or accommodations will be made after the end of the second week. If a course is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, enrollees will be given the option to either select another class or receive a full refund.
What does asynchronous mean, exactly?
In the case of Gratz NEXT courses, asynchronous learning simply means participants learn the same material at different times and locations. Each course is divided into weekly topics, and the participants need to log into the course each week to engage with the content and complete assigned tasks (by participating in discussion forum/s and completing assignments) but can do so from any location and at any point of time during the week.
How much time do participants typically spend during courses?
The answer to this question varies greatly. Most participants report spending approximately two hours per week engaging with course materials. It is also the experience of our participants that ‘the more effort I put into a course, the more I get out of it’.
How do I access my courses? What is the address for Moodle?
Gratz NEXT courses utilize a learning platform called Moodle. Registered participants will receive their login credentials so that they can access their course/s here: https://moodle.gratz.edu
Are NEXT courses graded? Do participants earn a particular credential?
Completion certificates are issued to participants who complete at least 75% of the course’s content (which will include weekly participation in a discussion forum and the completion of an assignment). Instructors provide individual feedback for each assignment submitted during the course.
For any additional questions, please contact program director Emily Teck: [email protected]