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Frequently Online Asked Questions

Sample Schedule in CST

 MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
Morning
8:30-11:30
3-hours
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Asynchronous
3-hours
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Asynchronous
3-hours
Synchronous &
Asynchronous
3-hours
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Asynchronous
3-hours
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Asynchronous
Afternoon
1:00-4:00
3-hours
Synchronous &
Asynchronous
3-hours
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Asynchronous
3-hours
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Asynchronous
3-hours
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  1. What can I expect with a TCU online course?
    Your online course will have live sessions where instruction is facilitated virtually with Zoom video conferencing and digital access to resources and documents. Your experience from within the “virtual classroom” will be very similar to the face to face classroom. You will be able to see and hear your instructor via video conferencing. You will be able to collaborate with other participants as well as the instructor using your microphone and the chat feature. Your course will take place at a scheduled time specific to your consultant. Here is a sample schedule of what you can expect.
  2. Do I need high speed internet to participate?
    Yes, we recommend high speed internet access. This will enable you to access Zoom video conferencing and course materials.
  3. How will I access my online class?
    Prior to the start of your class, you will receive information from your presenter with details including, a schedule for the week, how to access digital resources for your class, and your Zoom video conference meeting ID number for the week.
  4. What do I do if I am having difficulty accessing Zoom or class resources?
    Call the Extended Education online help desk at 817-257-7132 or toll-free at 800-828-7134. Support is available from 8:00a.m.– 5:00p.m. CST Monday–Friday. For general questions and support you can email ap@tcu.edu.

Frequently In- Person Asked Questions

  1. What do I bring?
    If your instructor is requesting specific classroom supplies, it will be listed on our website under the course description and on your confirmation. You may want to bring a tablet or laptop and a light jacket as the classrooms can be chilly. Coffee is provided at the morning break.
  2. What do I wear?
    Comfortable attire is the order here during the summer. We know as professionals you would not wear anything that would be termed inappropriate for the classroom. Again, if you tend to be cold natured, a sweater may be helpful.
  3. What is provided in the dorm room?
    We provide a linen service with towels, sheets, a blanket, and a pillow. IF thread count is important to you, you may consider bringing your own linens. There is not a reading lamp beside the bed or a television. WiFi is available campus wide.
  4. Is it handicapped accessible?
    All of the instructional spaces and dining locations that the AP Summer Institute utilizes on our campus are handicapped accessible. If you require special accommodations while at TCU, before arriving on campus you must contact TCU’s Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities:

    Laurel Overby, M.Ed.
    Coordinator, Student Disabilities Services
    Center for Academic Services
    Texas Christian University
    Sadler Hall Room 11
    Fort Worth, TX 76129
    817-257-7486
    l.overby@tcu.edu

  5. What are the hours of the workshop?
    Our Fort Worth workshops are Monday-Thursday, 8:00am-4:30pm.
  6. Where do I park? 
    When you receive your course confirmation, a link to campus parking will be included. To avoid ticketing and towing, TCU has asked that APSI participants park only in the designated parking lots, not in visitor or reserved parking spaces. The AP Institute will provide a shuttle from the Sandage lot.
  7. Where will my class be held?
    You will receive an initial email confirmation from TCU Extended Education that we have received your registration.  It will list the course name and number, date, and time for the class in which you are enrolled. Please check this information for accuracy and contact Extended Education to make any changes. You will receive an additional email confirmation approximately 2 – 3 weeks prior to the start of your class, which will list the building and room number. You may then use the map or the TCU website http://www.maps.tcu.edu/ to locate the building or your overnight accommodations.
  8. What is the difference between a “new” and “experienced” teacher?
    As a general rule, we define a new teacher as one who has been teaching AP 3 years or less. We realize there are special circumstances so please contact us if you have a question about placement.
  9. What if I have to miss a day or some hours during the week?
    As a College Board sanctioned workshop, the number of hours required for teachers to attend before a certificate of attendance can be awarded is pre-determined. Please notify your instructor of any pending conflicts.
  10. What is the refund policy?
    Refunds (less the non-refundable deposit) will be issued for cancellations received in writing up to five working days before the beginning of each institute. No refunds will be issued after that date. Substitutions from the same school or school district will be allowed five working days before the beginning of each institute with a completed registration form for each substitute. Please contact the Office of Extended Education at 817-257-7132 for more information. The office is open Monday-Friday, 8:00am–5:00pm.
  11. Can my family attend the AP Summer Institute?
    No, this is a professional conference that cannot accommodate family members or pets.
  12. Can my family stay in the dorm with me?
    Our accommodations are singles only. We regret any inconvenience this may cause. If your family will be traveling to Fort Worth with you, we suggest you look at the local hotel options we have listed on this website.
  13. Certificates:
    Certificates will be emailed to teacher participants once the required 30 hours of training is completed and all balances have been paid. Replacement certificate requests made after December 31st of the attendance year will be charged a administrative fee.