An introduction to getting started as a learner at Saylor Academy, including tutorials on creating an account, enrolling in a course, taking an exam, and accessing a course completion certificate.
Let's look at a course syllabus so you can see how they are structured. After you have read the explanation below, go to Unit 1 of the course, read the unit introduction, and expand the section for Subunit 1.1, which provides links and instructions for unit-specific course resources.
Now is a good time to read the Saylor Academy Student Handbook, which outlines a few important rules and introduces you to the Saylor Academy community.
Saylor Academy courses are entirely online. You will need access to a computer or mobile device with consistent Internet access to be able to view the course materials, download relevant resources, take assessments, and complete the final exam.
You will need a Saylor Academy account to access the full course materials, including assessments and the final exam. If you do not have one already, simply go to Unit 1 to learn how to login.
While learning styles can vary considerably for each learner, we estimate it will take an average of 2.5 hours to complete this course. We provide a time estimate for each unit in every Saylor course so you can plan how long it should take to get through the learning material. These estimates are approximate; we know our learners are busy and it may be difficult to work and learn without interruption! We have designed our courses so you can complete them at a pace that is convenient to you.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
Throughout this course, you will see a list of learning outcomes for each unit. They will help you organize your learning and assess your progress in the course.