Online course FAQs

The AGC Education Foundation is pleased to provide online training in coordination with Construction Experts, Inc.:

Below are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) for potential students so you can get an understanding of the online learning environment. Class participation, attendance, class access, communication with instructors, and staying informed are all covered below. If you have additional questions, contact our office at at 206.284.4500.

How does the online course work?

Most of the classes are paced classes. Each week a new module will be released. The module contains online written lectures, assignments, and a quiz. You will have all week to complete the assigned tasks. All work is due the following Sunday.

If you are enrolled in one of the self-paced classes (101: Introduction to Construction Estimating or 102: Essential Construction Math only) a new module will open once you have taken the quiz for the prior module. You have access to Module 1 upon receiving class access. For example, once you take the quiz for Module 1, Module 2 will open.

Each class has an instructor. The instructors are construction professionals with decades of specialized experience in estimating, building, civil site work, supervision, and project management.

How do I register for a class?

View the list of Estimating and Related Courses or the Supervisory Training Program (STP) courses to register.

Once you have completed the registration process, you will be issued a password to get started in the course.

When do I receive access to the class?

Students enrolled in paced classes are sent class access one week prior to the start of class. As soon as you receive an email with your login information you can access your online class(es). Students enrolled in self-paced classes are sent class access within one to two working days of registration.

When do I have to attend class?

Classes are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Log in several times throughout the week to contribute to and keep up with the online discussions. When you log in is up to you.

Most of the courses require about four to five hours per week of effort on your part.  You can expect to log into the online classroom early in the week when the weekly module is released.  Then, log in several times throughout the week to keep up with the discussions.

How will I interact with the teacher?

We know how important it is for the teacher to be available to the student.  The in-classroom message system works best for all teachers.

Do I have to be online for three hours at a time?

No. The correct way to take an online class is to log into the course often for short periods of time.  You will spend a bit more time online early in the week when the weekly lesson is released.  Then, as the week progresses, log on often to monitor and contribute to the discussion, case studies, and problem solving exercises.

How do students learn in an online classroom?

Students learn by being actively involved in the course.  Participate in discussion groups where case studies, industry problems and other topics are discussed.  Submit your response to a discussion question by using the classroom discussion board.  Respond to what another student has submitted.  Work out the solutions to problems, discuss applicable construction experience or ask questions if you do not have an experience to share, and study your textbook.  Use the instructor-selected resources at the end of each lesson to further your education.

How will I know when the next semester starts?

View the list of Estimating and Related Courses or the Supervisory Training Program (STP) courses schedule anytime to stay informed of classes available for the upcoming semester.

Do you have a demonstration course I can look at before registering?

View the online demo tour where you can see class module, lesson, discussion board, quiz, grade sheet, and messenger system.

What if I have to go out of town while class is in session?

Students can log into the course from any computer with an Internet connection.  You can submit work for the current lesson throughout the week it is assigned without being late.  If you are late with some assignments, a small grading penalty may be assessed but that should not affect your overall grade if you keep up with your work throughout the course. Ask your instructor what his or her policy is for late work.

What computer set up should I have to take the class?

If you can surf the Internet then you probably have everything you need for the online course.  Our online classes work with all popular browsers and hand-held devices. Check the class syllabus for additional information.

How do I get into the online classroom?

CEI will send you a link to your online classroom with your login information.The email will not come from the AGC Education Foundation.

Is an online class easier than an in-classroom class?

No, they are about the same as far as difficulty is concerned.  Don’t take an online class if you are just looking for an easy way to get a grade. You will learn just as much and work just as hard in our online courses as you would in a classroom course.

If you have additional questions, contact  our office at 206.284.4500.