Online Course Instruction Manual Introduction Welcome! to the Burk Baker School of Real Estate and Appraising’s online distance education course. To take this course, students must have an active internet connection and at least Internet Explorer 4 or Netscape Navigator 4. You do not have to be a computer expert in order to take this course. If you are familiar with a few key concepts, you will do well. When you are told to “click” on a certain portion of the screen, you simply use the mouse to move the pointer to the position and click the right button on the mouse. “Links” are specially prepared addresses for other web sites. A link can be opened by rapidly clicking twice on the right button of the mouse. This instruction manual has been designed for the use of the school’s online students. If this manual does not explain everything you need to know to feel comfortable taking this online course, Burk and his staff are available to help you. You can call the office any time between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and speak with an instructor. You can also e-mail questions or concerns to Burk at email@example.com. We will answer all e-mails within 24 hours. Course Manual Topics This course instruction manual is divided into the following sections: Getting Started Study Plan Opening the Web Browser Locating and Logging On to the School Web Site Accessing the Course Navigating the Course The Final Exam Getting Started Thank you for choosing our online course. This is a 4-hour course that may be used for continuing education or post licensing credit. Instructions for getting online and navigating the web site are included in this orientation package. Any time you find the instructions confusing or inadequate, please call or e-mail the school for assistance. Our instructors are available to give you any help you might need. If this is your first online course, you will find that the way in which the information is presented is different from the live classroom. In the live classroom, a specified period of time is devoted to classroom instruction and students are expected to devote the time needed to study on their own. In this course you will be presented with a small amount of written material at a time. Then you will be asked to answer a few questions about the material. If you get a question wrong, you will be prompted that the answer is incorrect with an explanation. You will then be asked to try again. You will work your way through the lesson in this manner with a quiz on the entire lesson at the end of each lesson. You must complete each section before proceeding to the next. When you have completed all the lessons, you will be given an exam on the entire course. You can review course material as often as you like. You can also print screens if you would like the material to review as a paper copy. Once you have successfully completed the final exam you will be issued a certificate of completion. It’s that easy! Read the study plan for this course carefully. If you follow the suggested guidelines you should be well prepared to take and pass the final examination at the end of the course. Study Plan Online Course This course is topic based. That means that students must complete one section, including quizzes and assignments, before they will be allowed to continue to the next section. You may repeat the information and the quizzes as many times as you feel necessary; there is no limit on the number of times the material may be repeated. Students are expected to read the material and answer the quiz questions as you proceed through the written material. If you answer a question incorrectly you will be prompted and asked to try again. You will be given an opportunity to review the written material on that subject area. Section Quizzes Section quizzes are multiple-choice questions that are based on the material presented in each section. You must correctly answer all quiz questions before proceeding to the next section. Final Examination You must complete all section quizzes and assignments before you will be assigned a password for the final examination. The final examination is comprised of multiple-choice questions. You must answer at least 70% of them correctly in order to pass the course. Opening the Web Browser Open your web browser by either 1. double clicking the Internet Explorer icon or the Netscape Navigator icon., or 2. single clicking the icon on the task bar. Locating the School Web Site When you open your web browser, a default home page will appear. It does not matter which home page your browser defaults to, as long as there is a space for you to type in an ADDRESS. This space is called the address bar, and in this space you will type http://www.burkbaker.com. This will bring you to the Burk Baker School of Real Estate and Appraising home page. Adding the Address to Your FAVORITES List For easy future access, single click on FAVORITES from the menu bar across the top of the page. A FAVORITES menu will drop down. If you select ADD from the top pf the FAVORITES menu, the school’s address will be added to your list of favorite sites. Future visits will only require you to find the school’s name in your FAVORITES list and double click on it. Accessing the Course 1. When you have entered the school’s web site, click on the “Correspondence Courses” button on the homepage. 2. After the page opens, click on the line that reads, To register for these courses online click this link. This link will take you to a page titled The System Administrator Shopping Network. 3. Just below the heading you will see a line that reads, [Study Aids] [On Campus Courses] [Correspondence Courses][Online Courses]. Click on “Online Courses”. 4. You will then see a list of available courses. To order and take a Recampus course follow the links as show below. Click here to open Burk Recampus Once you enter the Recampus site You must first Register. Once you have Registered .Click here to view available courses Before you order your course. You may test your browser and computer for compatibility These are all four hour courses 5. Your Student ID for this course is typed into the box that asks for ID. Your password for this course is typed into the box that asks for the password. Navigating the Course Minimum Browser Requirements: IE 4.01 or greater Netscape 4.0 or greater Java enabled cookies enabled In addition, your monitor resolution should be set to at least 800 X 600 Connecting to the Internet It is not recommended that you attempt to take Internet delivered classes using America On-line as your dial-up connection. If so, you will likely experience interruptions and disconnection from the REcampus server while taking a course. AOL users, click here for steps to using RECampus. If you have no alternative dial-up connection, please contact us before starting. If your browser passes the compliance test at the REcampus, we can assist you in setting up your connection so that you experience a minimum of interruptions or disconnection. Alternatively, you may arrange to use our PC Resource lab to take the course by appointment, based on availability. Registration Tips Before entering the REcampus for purposes of registering and beginning a class, make sure you have available your credit card information your real estate license number and your principal broker (company) name These fields are required on the registration form and without them, you will be unable to proceed into the classroom. If you are reactivating an expired real estate license or do not know your real estate license number, please contact us for assistance. Course Taking Tips Set aside some time when you do not expect to experience interruptions or distractions. Take as much of the course as is convenient for you at any given time. If you do not complete the course in one sitting, when you return to the REcampus you will access your personal profile and find your course bookmarked where you left off. You will also see the date indicated when you last accessed your course. You have one year from registration to complete the course. Course Completion Upon completion of the course and final assessment, you will receive a certificate of completion by mail from the Burk Baker School of Real Estate. Please contact us if you have any questions. 1. Continuing Education Credits: All courses have been approved by the Louisiana Real Estate Commission (LREC) for continuing education credits for Louisiana Real Estate licensees who hold a renewable license. 2. Broker Relationships Act: These courses were developed for nationwide presentation. Whenever the word agent or agency appears, interpret it as broker under the Louisiana Law. 3. Course Completion: To successfully complete a course, you must complete all modules and pass the final exam with at least a 75% score. 4. Final Exam: All courses have a final exam that you must pass with at least 75% to get credit for the course. If you do not pass the final exam on the first try, you may take it again at no additional charge. 5. Reporting to LREC: Burk Baker School of Real Estate will notify the LREC within five business days of you course completion. In order to do this, we must receive the following from you: The affidavit from Recampus site. Print and sign your name and add the course name to it. Then FAX it to Burk Baker School of Real Estate 225-291-7582 att.: Lisa Baker Notice from Recampus that you have successfully completed the course and passed the final exam. Upon receipt of this information Burk Baker School of Real Estate will report your course to LREC and mail you a Certificate of Completion for your files. If you have not received your certificate within 2 weeks of completing your course, please e-mail here. 6. Payment: Directly to REcampus with a credit card. 7. Burk Baker School of Real Estate Refund Policy: We use REcampus' policy: Continuing Education Online course refunds will be applied only if the student has not completed more than one lesson following the tutorial. This policy is valid for 12 months after the original date of purchase. 8. Course Availability: You have 12 months from the enrollment date to begin and complete the course. 9. Course Access and Tracking: Your e-mail address is the unique identifier to the online course system. Each student must have his or her own e-mail address. If you do not have an e-mail account you can get a free one at www.hotmail.com 10. Technical Support: If you're having trouble getting your course to run, graphics don't appear, your computer crashes while running the course, or other system-type problems, call REcampus Technical Support Hotline at 1-888-213-5124. 11. Content Support: If you don't understand the material in the course, or have a question about what is covered, you can e-mail Burk Baker School of Real Estate and you will receive a response within 24 hours on Business days. Once you enter the course you will be given instructions on navigating the course. We think you will find the course very simple to operate, but if you have any problems, please don’t hesitate to call, fax, or e-mail us. Phone: 1-800-222-3295 Fax: 1-225-291-7582 e-mail: BurkBaker@bellsouth.net ONLINE INSTRUCTORS Your online instructors for this course will be Burk Baker and Lisa Baker. You can contact the instructors by phone, fax, e-mail or regular mail. An instructor is available during regular office hours. Inquiries received after hours will be answered usually within 24 hours. If you need assistance with the course or have any questions regarding the course material you may contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-222-3295 nationwide 225-293-6000 in Baton Rouge Burk Baker School of Real Estate & Appraising 2834 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd. #B9 Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70816 The Final Exam Once you have successfully completed the final exam by making a score of 75% or better we will issue your certificate. In most cases your certificate will be issued within 24 hours of completing the course. If you have provided a fax number your certificate will be faxed. Otherwise we will send it by mail to the address provided at registration. If you would like delivery of your certificate handled in some other manner, or if you have not received your certificate within 5 business days, please contact the school. We hope you enjoy your course! Thank you for choosing Burk Baker!