Welcome to PathwayConnect!
Purposes of PathwayConnect
- Help students get the gospel down into their hearts.
- Help students become capable learners
- Prepare students to lead and support families.
Note: This course code has changed from FDREL 121 to REL 121. You may occasionally see references to the old course code or title.
REL 121 examines the first half of The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ beginning with 1 Nephi and ending with Alma 29.
The Prophet Joseph Smith taught that “the Book of Mormon [is] the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and that a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book,” (See Introduction to the Book of Mormon). This course is designed to bring you closer to God by helping you gain a better understanding of the doctrines and principles taught within the Book of Mormon.
Seven of the primary objectives of this course are to help you:
- Develop greater faith and testimony in Jesus Christ and deepen their personal conversion.
- Read and understand the context and content of the text for the course.
- Develop an ability to learn and teach by the Spirit.
- Develop a habit of regular scripture study.
- Identify, understand, and apply doctrines and principles from the scriptures and the words of the prophets.
- Develop the ability to explain, share and testify of true doctrines and principles.
- Master key scriptural passages - understand and be able to explain and apply them to everyday life.
You must have consistent access to a computer with reliable Internet connection in order to be successful in this online course.
All materials are contained within this course; no additional textbooks are required.
The foundation for this course is your personal study of the Book of Mormon. Each week you will complete a combination of assignments to supplement your personal study and to help you gain a better understanding of the Book of Mormon and its teachings.
This course is organized into 14 Lessons (L01-L14). Due dates are organized into Midweek and End of Week. For more clarification on the flow of this course, see the How to Understand Due Dates and Weekly Patterns and Expectations pages in the course Welcome Module.
Each week your instructor will post administrative information, answer general questions, and share thoughts about the week’s content on the Announcements page.
The Lesson material, activities, and assessments in each lesson are organized chronologically.
Lesson Activity Descriptions
Each lesson will open a few days early in order to accommodate students who wan more flexibility in their schedule. All activities have the following descriptions and due dates:
- Lesson Readings: There is no substitute for reading the scriptures. One of the course objectives is to help you develop a habit of meaningful daily scripture study. The insights you gain from the weekly readings will be helpful as you complete the rest of your assignments. At the end of each week, you will report on whether you completed your Lesson Readings in the Personal Study Report. You will be earning reading points in two ways:
- Scripture Readings: Each week, you will spend time reading out of the scriptures. There are two different options you can choose from:
- Option 1: Read the entire scripture block – This option is ideal for those who want to familiarize themselves with the basic story line and teachings of the Book of Mormon
- Option 2: Study within the scripture block for 30 minutes five out of seven days in the week – This option is ideal for those who are already familiar with the Book of Mormon and who desire to dig more deeply into specific doctrines and principles within the scripture block.
- Supplemental Readings You are also required to choose an additional reading to supplement your scripture study. You will have two options to choose from:
- Option 1: Read chapters from the Book of Mormon Institute Manual – Links to the chapters will be provided inside the course material for you to use, but the manual is also available on LDS.org.
- Option 2: Read one additional talk or article from church leaders. The links to these talks will also be provided inside the course material for you to use.
Each week you will complete one of the following assignments:
- Doctrinal Discussion Board: Participate in a doctrinal discussion board with your class mates. To earn full credit, you will need to make three posts throughout the week. These posts are layered and are designed to build upon each other to help you better understand and apply the scriptures to your life
- Post #1 Scriptural Insight: For the first post (due by Midweek at 11:00 PM MT) you will quote a passage of scripture and either share a meaningful insight regarding its significance to you or ask a meaningful question about the passage and the principles it is teaching.
- Post #2 Increased Understanding: For the second post (due by End of Week at 11:00 PM MT) you will try to add further insight or understanding into one of the posts made by your classmates by sharing a related scripture, or a quote from a church leader and then explaining how you feel it adds additional insight or understanding to the scripture or principle being discussed.
- Post #3 Personal Application: For the third post (due by End of Week at 11:00 PM MT) you will make personal application of one of your classmate’s posts. You can either share a brief story of when you have seen that principle in your life, identify a way you are currently trying to live that principle, or share an example of a friend or family member who has exemplified that principle to you.
- Every other week you will be asked to share a scriptural insight with your friends, or family. When you share your insight, you should do the following:
- Identify one insight from your personal study you want to share . This should include a scripture passage or prophetic quote, and your explanation of why it is important or how it is relevant in your life.
- Share your insight! You could talk with a friend, skype your family, call a grandparent, post something on social media, send someone a letter or email, or make a blog entry. Try to generate a discussion with others about what you shared and why it is important.
- Submit your assignment You will submit an explanation of what, how, and who you shared your insight with.
Throughout the semester you will be asked to complete three projects to help you ponder and apply scriptural teachings in your life. These projects may require time to complete and you are encouraged to begin them early.
Course Projects have two partsn, a Project Plan and a Project Report Submission. These will both be turned in separately at the beginning of the project, and again at the end of the project. Plan Submissions are due at the end of weeks 2, 6, and 10; Report Submissions are due at the end of weeks 4, 8, and 12.
- Family Home Evening Lesson Plan: For this project you will create a Family Home Evening Lesson Plan to share with your family or friends. Your project should include the following elements:
- A story, object lesson, or activity to introduce the theme or principle you wish to discuss
- A passage from the Book of Mormon that teaches the principle
- A quote from a church leader that reiterates or discusses the principle
- Your testimony of the principle being taught
- Must be from first three weeks of scripture study
- Finally, please also include a brief summary of how your Family Home Evening Lesson went when you shared it with your family or friends!
- Five Minute Talk: As the title suggests, for this project you will be writing a talk as though you were invited to speak in Church. Your talk will need to include at least one reference for each of the following:
- Scripture verse between 1 Nephi 1 - 2 Nephi 16
- Prophetic quotes on your topic found in your Supplemental Reading each week
- Digging Deeper videos(s) from Lessons 01 - 06
- Personal insights discovered while studying the Book of Mormon
- Christlike Attribute Project: For this project you will select one Christlike attribute, search the Book of Mormon for teachings on that attribute, make specific goals to work on that attribute for at least two weeks, and then submit a Project Report that addresses each of the following questions:
- What attribute did you choose and why did you choose it?
- What can we learn about that attribute from the Book of Mormon?
- What specific goals did you make to improve that attribute in your life for two weeks?
- What did you learn about this attribute through your study and efforts to improve?
As you interact with others in various assignments, please remember to be kind, considerate, and respectful of differing viewpoints. You can differ in opinions 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 and may affect your enrollment at BYU-Pathway Worldwide.
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The general breakdown of course points is as follows:50
|Assignments||Points (x number of weeks)||Total Points|
|Course Introduction Activities
Course Readiness Quiz – 10 points
Getting Acquainted Discussion Board - 15 points
Introduction Assignment - 10 points
|Directed Study Assignments||15 pts x 13 weeks||195|
|Personal Study Reports
Lesson Readings – 12 points
Digging Deeper Videos – 2 points
Insight – 1 point
|15 pts x 13 weeks||195|
|Doctrinal Discussion Boards
Post #1 – 4 points
Post #2 – 4 Points
Post #3 – 4 Points
College-level writing – 3 points
|15 pts x 7 weeks||105|
|Share It!||15 pts x 6 weeks||90|
Family Home Evening Project
Plan Submission due in week 02 (10 pts)
Report Submission due in week 04 (40 pts)
Five-Minute Talk Project
Plan Submission due in week 06 (10 pts)
Report Submission due in week 08 (40 pts)
Christlike Attribute Project
Plan Submission due in week 10 (10 pts)
Report Presentation due in week 12 (40 pts)
|Total Points Possible||800|
PathwayConnect students are expected to attend all gatherings during the semester in person. Gathering via Skype, phone, or similar means is not permitted. You should plan your schedule accordingly and make any necessary arrangements to attend each Thursday gathering.
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 them 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 lesson. 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, the 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 gradebook. 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 coursework as normal.
- If you have any questions regarding the lesson material or assignment due dates, ask your instructor for further assistance.
For more information on the attendance policy, please read the Pathway Handbook, section 5.5. Contact your instructor or Pathway Support if you have questions.
The BYU–Idaho Learning Model used in this course is based on the gospel instruction given by the Savior to "teach one another." Not only is it a religious injunction, it will also 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 online 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 3, 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 the Topic Introduction and Listening Practice, Scripture Study, and Learn a Hymn, are automatically graded by the system and report your score immediately. Other assignments, such as Discussion Boards and Application Activities, 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 Questions and Conversations discussion forum. 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 this board 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 Questions and Conversations board. Your instructor will let you know which method your course is using.
Note: Regardless of the method your course uses, 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 (Links to an external site.).
There are many resources available to you in the Welcome module such as computer tutorials and free websites which can help you improve your typing skills. Open the module from the navigation menu on the left side of the screen and browse the available resources.
Write down notes in each lesson 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 understood the information outlined in the syllabus.