Student Expectations for Independent Study Course
IPTM’s independent study courses are the latest addition to our online training system. With these courses, the entire class is open and you can complete the coursework at any time within the designated dates of the course. There are no interim deadlines to meet.
The independent study courses are quite different from our instructor led programs. The information listed below explains more about this training approach.
Self Paced / Self Discipline
Independent study courses incorporate more of the “self paced” elements of learning on your own and at your own pace. But these courses are not open ended. You must complete the coursework within the designated dates of the class. For example, if you see an independent study course scheduled for August 12 – 23, that means the class is open for you to begin on August 12 and that you must complete everything no later than midnight Eastern Time on August 23 when the course automatically closes.
When you do the coursework is entirely up to you, as long as it is sometime between the assigned dates.
However, it is still up to you to manage your time as so that you can complete the required coursework before the course closes. Just like classroom training, you must be committed to the course and invest the necessary time for successful completion. At midnight on the last scheduled day of the class, the course will automatically close.
Each course includes a Syllabus in the introductory section that outlines the topics to be presented, project work, grading scale, and other important information. The Syllabus will give you detailed information on the requirements for successful completion.
Most independent study courses also require that you do the coursework in the order presented. If you try to skip assignments or do work out of order, you may receive an error message that tells you to complete a previous assignment first.
In any case, do not wait until the last day to do a large portion of the coursework. Unforeseen circumstances do arise and, generally speaking, you will gain less from the course if you try to do too much at once. Most students will learn the information better and have a more rewarding online experience by logging-in frequently and participating fully throughout the course.
The time commitments and project work necessary to complete independent study courses vary from course to course. You should review the individual course descriptions for more specific information. In addition, you will find more specifi information listed in the Course Syllabus contained within the
introductory section of each class.
Each course has a grading scale that is listed in the Syllabus. The scale includes your scores on projects, quizzes, exams, and any other competencies.
As stated previously, you must be committed to this course and invest the necessary time for successful completion. Your inability or unwillingness to do the coursework or meet the assignment/testing deadlines will result in either a grade of incomplete or failure, whichever is appropriate.
To pass a course, a final score of 80% or above is required.
Independent study courses still give you access to IPTM’s team of expert instructors should you need assistance or additional instruction. The methods for contacting the course instructor(s) will be posted in the course and listed in the individual Course Syllabus.
Additional Technical Requirements
In addition to the technical requirements of the online system, there may be addition equipment, software, or other items necessary to complete the required coursework, depending upon the course. If there are additional requirements, they will be listed in the individual course descriptions.
At the top of each webpage inside the Online Training Portal is a link to our technical support page. To request technical support for any problem related to the Online Training Portal system, simply click the Trouble Ticket link and complete the online form with as much information on the problem as possible. You can also call our technical support line at 904-351-6847. A member of our technical support team will work to resolve your issue as quickly as possible.
If the problem is with something other than the Online Training Portal system, such as an agency issued computer or vendor supplied software, you may need to contact your organization’s IT department or other resource. If this is the case, the course instructor or our technical support team will point you in the right direction.
Network and Document Security
As a professional training institution, IPTM is committed to the security of our students’ records. The Online Training Portal is a secure, password protected system and we depend on you to help us maintain this security. Do not release your password to anyone or allow anyone to access the Online Training Portal system other than you. In addition, you should not post your password in a public location where it could be accessed by someone
All documents posted in the Online Training Portal are copyright protected by either IPTM or the developing instructor(s).
You may print or save the documents for your own use related to the respective course, but you may not forward or release the materials to any other person or use the materials, in whole or in part, for any other reason without written consent from IPTM.
Respect for Others
One advantage to IPTM’s online training is your opportunity to interact with and learn from other criminal justice professionals from across the United States and around the world. Your fellow students may have very different procedures, differing opinions, and different rates of learning.
It is very important that you respect your fellow classmates and the differences that they bring to the course. Criticism may be appropriate when it is done constructively, but not when it is done maliciously. Do not belittle, make fun of, or in any way disrespect the other students, their opinions, or their course