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Course Program FAQ

How do FIC courses work?

Each course offered by the Foundation for Intentional Community (FIC) is a multi-week course taking place fully online. Courses run on a calendar schedule throughout the year, and you can enroll directly into the course dates that work best with your schedule. We typically recommend devoting 5 hours a week to the course material to get the most from your experience.

Shortly after registering for a course, you will receive a welcome packet and access to a private online space to connect with the instructor and other students through a discussion forum. Each week new learning materials will be uploaded to the space, including videos, worksheets and articles. You’ll be able to watch previously recorded sessions and stay on track with your weekly assignments.

Each week of the course will feature a 2-hour live session, hosted on Zoom, with the course instructor so you can learn in a dynamic setting and get your questions answered directly. Additionally, you will be invited to join weekly bonus sessions with guest speakers and panelists related to the course topic. Dates and times are specific to each course and will be announced in advance.

Does my timezone matter?

Each week of a course will include a 2-hour live session with the course instructor and other students in your cohort. The session schedule for your course will be announced prior to the course start date. As much as possible, we try to schedule these sessions to make it possible for the largest number of students to attend. Given the geographical distribution of students, it may be possible that a session time does not work with your timezone or personal schedule. However, we do make all the session recordings available afterwards so you can follow along on your own time when it is convenient for you.

Can I take multiple courses at the same time?

You may take multiple courses at the same time. However, we strongly advise that you only do so if you are able to commit to a minimum of 3hrs/week per course to ensure the most valuable learning experience. If that does not feel feasible, we recommend taking the courses separately and exploring future dates on our course calendar.

What will I have access to during and after my course?

The full course experience for our five-week cohort courses is available during the course dates marked on the course you enrolled in. We know many learners either don’t have the time they would have liked to complete the course or would just like to continue to view—and be inspired by—the course materials. With this in mind, we leave the course materials available for an extra week-long review period after the course close. After the final review period, you will no longer be able to access the course content.

We also strongly encourage all learners to download any PDF handouts or assignments before their course access expires. These tools serve as a permanent resource to remind you of what you’ve learned and help you take that back to your team or community.

How do I access my course? What are the technical requirments?

Shortly after registering for a course, you will be prompted to log-in to ic.org using your username and password. Once logged-in you will be able to access the private learning space for your course, as well as the forum discussion group. In the event you become logged-out of ic.org, simply click the login link on the top righthand corner of the main navigation on ic.org, located next to the “shop” and “donate” buttons. If you forget your username or password, please contact us.

All of the virtual sessions for any course will be hosted on Zoom. Please ensure you have access to Zoom from your computer or mobile device before the start of a session. Here’s a helpful video if it is your first time joining a meeting on Zoom. As always, please contact us if you have any tech troubles.

How do I enroll as a group? Does FIC offer group discounts?

We encourage groups, teams, or communities to enroll in courses. Simply have each person in your group register for the same course start date. Once registered, you’ll have an opportunity to share the names of your group members in our pre-course survey. Whenever possible, we’ll try to group your members together for activities.

Alternatively, you can enroll multiple learners at once by increasing the quantity number of tickets when checking out. Then write to us so we can work with you to set up user accounts for each person you’d like to register.

FIC does not offer any group discounts at this time. Our classes and courses draw from our extensive experience in community building and provide learners with the opportunity to learn through doing at an affordable price. Please sign up to our newsletter at the bottom of our homepage to receive updates of discount opportunities should they arise in the future.

Do you offer grants or scholarships?

Thank you for your interest in an FIC Scholarship! If the price of the courses poses a serious barrier to enrollment, we do have a scholarship application you can fill out here. We review applications on a first-come-first-serve rolling basis, so it’s best to apply in advance for the course you are interested in.

Do you offer refunds?

Course participants are eligible for a refund prior to the start date of the course. As soon as the course has begun, FIC will not issue a refund. Please contact us if you are in need of a refund.

How can I contact you?

Our support staff is here to answer questions about our learning experience, platform, payments, enrollment, technical hiccups, or anything else on your mind!

Reach us anytime at [email protected].