Pathway Life Skills Syllabus
Welcome to PathwayConnect
(2:30 mins, How Pathway Works Transcript)
Purposes of PathwayConnect
- Get the gospel down into students' hearts.
- Help students become capable learners.
- Prepare students to lead and support families.
GSPC 120 Overview
We are excited to have you as a student in this course and in the PathwayConnect Program! GSPC 120 is the first course in the PathwayConnect Program. Whether or not you’ve had previous college experience, this program can provide a pathway to furthering your education.
For this course, your Institute or church building will act as the gathering location every Thursday throughout the semester. Each week, you will be asked to do some preparatory coursework online, and then come to the gathering ready to participate in other activities with your classmates. After learning from and teaching each other, you will need to finish some final assignments by the end of each week. Remember that in addition to the GSPC 120 Life Skills course, you should also be enrolled in a religion class through your Institute or through BYU-Idaho.
This course is designed to engage both your mind and your heart. Thus, it is important to prepare both intellectually and spiritually each week. Consistent personal prayer, scripture study, and attention to your covenants will provide a great support to your academic studies. When you are prepared, the Holy Spirit can provide guidance and direction that will make a great difference in your life.
The GSPC 120 course will teach you some basic life skills that can help you be more successful in both your personal life and in your academic studies. For example, during the semester, you will study topics such as how to:
- be a true disciple leader
- make good decisions
- set achievable goals
- manage your time and finances
- improve your family relationships
As you connect these skills with gospel principles, they will become even more powerful to you. As you begin to see how these skills are changing your own life, you’ll have the opportunity to share what you learn with family, friends, and classmates. Become involved with the course; it will be a powerful, transformative experience. So start now; be committed, and get ready to see your life improve!
This course is designed to help you achieve the following:
- Become an effective learner.
- Become self-reliant.
- Serve your family, church, and community.
You must have consistent access to a computer with a reliable Internet connection in order to be successful in this online course.
All materials are contained within this course; no additional textbooks are required.
This course will run in 14 weeks. The BYU-Idaho learning model, especially the Teach One Another process step, is integral to each week. This course is not an independent study course. There are consistent assignment due dates and accountability reports due each week. Failure to complete assignments and activities by their due date will significantly affect your final grade.
You should plan to devote at least 9–12 hours of study time each week to successfully complete this 3-credit course. If you know you will not be able to devote this much time to the class this semester, please consider taking the course at another time when you can make such a commitment.
Teach One Another is a vital part of the BYU-Idaho Learning Model, and is a part of PathwayConnect courses as well. Teaching others what you have learned helps you to understand and remember ideas/concepts/insights much better. Additionally, learning to have your views challenged and improved through the perspective of others is an important way to grow.
The material, activities, and assessments in each week are organized chronologically.
Weekly Activity Descriptions
Each week in the course will open a few days early in order to accommodate students who want more flexibility in their schedule. All activities have the following descriptions and due dates:
- Study Activity: Study the videos and readings to learn the material each week.
- Quiz: These short comprehension quizzes will test your understanding of the assigned study material. They are open-note quizzes, which means you can use your notes and that week's material as you complete the quiz. Note that you are only allowed to use your personal notes and the study material. You may not ask someone else to help you answer the quiz questions.
- Study the material before starting any quiz, review your notes, and then begin the quiz. You are allowed to take the Quizzes twice. If you choose to take a quiz a second time, the computer will average your scores.
- If you start a quiz and try to exit the quiz or submit it without answering the questions, the computer will record this as your first attempt and give you a score of 0. When you take the quiz a second time, that score will be averaged with the 0 for your final quiz score. Therefore, it is important that you not start the quiz until you are ready to do so.
- Once you start a quiz, you may use your notes to help you answer the questions. After answering all of the questions, submit the quiz to receive your score. If you would like to take the quiz a second time, go back and review the material, and then take the quiz the second time. The computer will record the average of both scores as your final quiz score.
- Topic Discussion: Initial Post: After reviewing the week's material, gather your thoughts and share your initial comments with your online classmates. The discussion board activity is an online conversation that will deepen your understanding and learning experience.
- Gathering: Preparation: Please read this document before the gathering as this document details the actions you need to complete prior to the gathering.
(Attend your local gathering every week.)
- Attend the Gathering: Attend the local gathering each week at your Institute or church building, under the direction of your Pathway Missionaries. Your learning experience will be deepened and enhanced by actively participating in each gathering.
- In the rare circumstance that your gathering is cancelled by the missionaries, notify your instructor of the cancellation.
- Gathering: Attendance Report: This brief report will allow you to report on your gathering attendance. Complete it after you attend the gathering but before the end of the week.
- Topic Discussion: Response Post(s): Reply to the comments of three classmates as you further develop meaningful, online conversations that deepen your understanding and learning experience.
- Report / Worksheet: In these important activities, you will be pondering and applying the concepts learned during the week.
- Field Experience: Each week you will have the opportunity to share your learning with someone outside of the class. Reflecting on what you have learned during the week, you will choose one or two principles and/or skills to teach to another individual. This person may be a family member, co-worker, friend, or anyone else that is not currently enrolled in this course. You are not required to teach the same person each week. By completing this activity you will deepen your own learning of the week's material as you share your knowledge with a friend. Each week, you will submit a report of who you taught and what you taught, as well as any insights you gained from teaching.
- Reflection: This brief assignment concludes each week and provides the opportunity to report on your discussion board participation, the amount of time you spend in the course and completing the assignments each week, your progress with ongoing projects, and feedback to help improve the course. As in all of your assignments, use proper language as you express your thoughts and complete the report.
- Study: Optional Materials: This document provides additional resources for each week. It is an optional activity that allows you to further explore each week’s topics.
As you interact with others in various assignments, please remember to be kind, considerate, and respectful of differing viewpoints. You can differ in opinions (sometimes, the best learning comes when others challenge your thinking) but still be civil and loving. Respect one another’s opinions and avoid using racist, bigoted, homophobic, sexist, or aggressive language in class discussions, writing assignments, or in reporting problems or concerns. Any violation of basic common courtesy—including interaction with peers, the instructor, or others monitoring the course—will negatively impact your grade.
(1:07 mins, True at All Times Transcript)
Grading Categories: Students are expected to be active learners. This means completing assignments on time, being prepared for the weekly gathering, and actively participating in the course. Your grade will be calculated according to the categories listed below.
|GSPC 120 breakdown - 100 pts per week|
|Title||Approximate Percentage of Total Grade||Weekly Point Value|
|Gathering Attendance Total : Approximately 30%|
|Attendance Report||30%||30 points|
|Prepare Total: Approximately 20%|
|Study & Quiz||20%||20 pts|
|Teach One Another : Approximately 17%|
|Topic Discussion||7%||8 pts|
|Field Experience||10%||12 pts|
|Ponder/Prove Total: Approximately 33%|
|Reports / Worksheets||23%||20 pts|
Final Grade Breakdown
|Letter Grade||Percentage Range|
Note: You need a B average if you choose to matriculate into the BYU-Idaho Online Degree Program.
PathwayConnect students are expected to attend all gatherings during the semester. For those who gather in a face to face setting, this includes physical attendance every week. If you gather physically, you cannot substitute your physical presence with Skype, phone, or similar means.
If you are traveling and are unable to attend your assigned gathering(s), you may attend another gathering in the place you are visiting and still obtain attendance credit. You are encouraged to attend a gathering with the same course as your own; however, if you do not have that option, you may attend any PathwayConnect gathering. (This does not apply to Institute courses.) Before visiting a site, you should contact the missionaries over the site to notify of your intended visit. Missionary contact information can be found on the BYU-Pathway Worldwide website or by calling Pathway Support. You should direct any attendance-related questions to your online or Institute instructor.
If you do not attend a gathering, you will miss the opportunity to meet with your peers, engage in important coursework and assist in teaching one another. Missing a gathering will negatively impact your grade, so be sure to attend each gathering and then report your attendance using the Attendance Report located in each week. Be aware that attendance can impact grades differently from one PathwayConnect course to another, so please read the course grading section of this syllabus carefully.
If a rare circumstance arises such as a natural disaster, death in the family, medical emergency, birth of a child, or other serious or unsafe situation that prevents you from attending a gathering, contact your instructor immediately for more information and to discuss your situation.
In very rare instances, your Pathway missionaries may cancel a gathering due to a national holiday, extreme weather, or other unsafe situation. If such a situation occurs:
- DO NOT complete the Attendance Report for the week. Instead, email your instructor to explain the reason for the cancellation. They will "exempt" your grade for this quiz in the grade book. You MUST email your instructor in order to be excused from the assignment! You will receive 0 points for your attendance until your instructor excuses the report. Your instructor should excuse the report within a few days of receiving your email.
- Complete all other course work as normal.
- If you have any questions regarding the weekly material or assignment due dates, ask your instructor for further assistance.
The BYU-Idaho Learning Model used in this course is based on the gospel instruction given by the Savior to "teach one another." It will help you to learn more and remember what you learn longer. Therefore, it is expected that in this course you will interact with others, both teaching and learning together. This applies to your participation in the gathering as well as online activities such as discussion boards. Come early to the gatherings and stay the entire time. Participate fully in the activities and discussions. Complete your discussion board posts in a timely fashion so others can interact with you in meaningful conversations. Doing so will help you do better in the course and allow you to serve your fellow classmates.
Turning work in on time is a sign of professionalism and respect for the instructor as well as the other students in the class. Students are expected to submit all work on time. It is good practice to reserve time in your schedule to work on your assignments several days before assignments are due. This time will allow you to appropriately handle interruptions to your schedule (such as unforeseen work or family obligations) or to resolve any technological issues that may arise and still submit your work in a timely manner.
If you have a situation in which you need to submit work later than the due date, contact your instructor for assistance. Your instructor will inform you of your options and the specific consequences of the late work. Due to the interactive nature of discussion board activities, late work will not be accepted on discussion boards. Beginning in Week 04, if you choose to submit late work, your instructor will reduce your grade accordingly. To prevent losing points on late assignments, it is best to submit your work early.
Feedback on Assignments
You will receive two types of feedback on the work you do for this course. Some assignments, such as quizzes, are automatically graded by the system and allow you to know immediately how well you have done. Other assignments, such as Discussion Boards and Reports / Worksheets, require an instructor to carefully read and evaluate your responses, which take longer to grade. Remember, your instructor is required to grade not only your assignments, but all of your classmates' work as well. You can expect to receive a grade and any accompanying feedback for these types of assignments within a week of their due dates.
If you ever have a question, problem, or concern about the course, you can get help in resolving it in one of two ways. Your instructor will inform you of the method he/she wishes to use:
- Post any general course questions/problems/concerns, etc. to the discussion board associated with your instructor's Announcements. Using this forum will inform class members, the instructor, and others of the issues you find and allow the proper people to correct them for everyone. Please check these discussions frequently throughout the semester. If you are experiencing the same problem as another student who has already reported it, you can make an additional post so others know the seriousness of the problem. If you know the answer to a question, please post solutions. Helping to solve your classmates’ problems is another way to teach one another. Additionally, your instructor is monitoring this board and will inform you of fixes and solutions here.
- You can also contact your instructor through email. If your question or concern is of a personal nature, please contact your instructor through email rather than posting it to a public place such as the discussion board associated with an Announcement.
- Note: You should only email your instructor directly if the problem is of a personal nature or in the way your instructor has indicated he/she would like to be informed of problems. Unless specifically asked to do otherwise, please report any questions, problems, or concerns in one of the two methods above.
- If you contact your instructor through email, it could take up to 24 hours to receive a response (excluding Sundays and holidays). Please state your question clearly, include sufficient detail, and allow enough time when communicating with your instructor in an email.
- If you have been unable to resolve your questions, problems, or concerns you can report a concern by contacting the Pathway Support Center.
There are many resources available to you in the Student Resources module, such as computer tutorials and free websites which can help you improve your typing skills. Find the Student Resources module by scrolling down toward the bottom of the Modules page and browse the available resources.
Write down notes in each week to help you remember what you learn and the revelation you may receive. This is one way to learn by study and by faith (see Doctrine and Covenants 88:118). Spend a few minutes each week to review your notes. This will help you remember most of your learning. You will also be able to use your notes when you take the final exam.
The Student Honor Code is based upon principles of honesty and integrity. As a PathwayConnect student, you are required to maintain standards of academic integrity and student conduct and encouraged to live by the CES Honor Code.
You should complete your own work and be evaluated for that work as you seek to be completely honest in all your dealings. You must avoid academic dishonesty in all its forms, including, but not limited to, plagiarism, cheating, and fabrication/falsification. The most common examples of academic dishonesty are copying another person’s work or not acknowledging a source of information.
The use of any language translation software, apps, or online programs, such as Google Translate, in order to translate sentences, paragraphs, or whole essays is not permitted in this course. However, the use of these translation programs to look up a single word or short phrase, is generally allowed.
You are to avoid misconduct such as disruptive behavior, abuse of administrative processes and any other inappropriate actions. All forms of harassment (verbal, physical, mental, or sexual), hazing, intimidation, exploitation, or aggressive behavior that threaten or endanger the physical or emotional health and safety of others is prohibited. Behavior such as using profane or abusive language will not be tolerated. Participants behaving in such ways are subject to BYU-Pathway Worldwide disciplinary action including suspension and/or dismissal from PathwayConnect, as well as referral to law enforcement.
Assistance for Students with Disabilities
While BYU-Pathway Worldwide is not legally required to provide accommodations to students with disabilities, it endeavors to provide reasonable assistance to students who need it. Such assistance is provided voluntarily and in BYU-Pathway Worldwide’s sole discretion. BYU-Pathway Worldwide will provide, upon request, speech-to-text or text-to-speech software for students with disabilities. If you are interested in using this software please contact Pathway Support. If you need other types of assistance, you should communicate directly with your online instructors, missionaries, or local leaders, as appropriate. For more information please read the Pathway Handbook, section 8.3.
This syllabus is subject to change by BYU-Pathway Worldwide or the instructor. Any changes will be communicated via email or the course site. Continued enrollment in this course assumes that you have read and understand the information outlined in the syllabus.