Outlier courses are divided into a series of chapters and sections. Within each of these elements of any given course, there will be content and quizzes that help you learn the material and prepare you to demonstrate your knowledge on graded assessments. To learn about the precise breakdown of how much each of these elements contributes to your final grade, please refer to the course syllabus for your specific cohort.
Striving for Success in an Outlier Course
It's true that online courses are flexible, but we still recommend that you follow the plan outlined in your course syllabus to be successful in an Outlier course. Exams are only open to take for a set window of time (usually several days); however, course materials are available following a different schedule.
On the first day of the semester, you gain access to the lectures and other learning materials for all sections included in the first Midterm exam.
Following the first Midterm, the next sections of the course are accessible, and after the closing of the second Midterm, all remaining sections are unlocked.
For Courses with Writing Assignments
Some Outlier courses, like Introduction to Philosophy, have written assignments with weekly deadlines. The deadlines for written work are not flexible or structured for you to do at your own pace. A standard length Introduction to Philosophy course will have 8 written assignments due across a 14-week period on a weekly basis. An accelerated/intensive Introduction to Philosophy course will have 8 written assignments due across a 7-week period, with multiple deadlines in any given week. To learn what the exact deadlines are for a course with writing assignments, please refer to your course syllabus.