Student Handbook

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Date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022, 10:27 AM

1. Our Philosophy

Because of the rapid changes taking place in today’s work and home environment, we want our students to learn more than just astrological techniques. We want them to learn to collaborate, analyze issues, synthesize information, and evaluate events and human interactions. We also want them to learn how to learn and expand their knowledge. The vision of Kepler is to create a learning environment that promotes educational excellence and personal growth. 

In The Fifth Discipline, Peter Senge wrote: "Real learning gets to the heart of what it means to be human. Through learning we recreate ourselves. Through learning, we become able to do something we were never able to do. Through learning, we perceive the world and our relationship to it. Through learning, we extend our capacity to create, to be part of the generative process of life."

Kepler programs encourage and promote intellectual openness, integrity, research, analytical skills, cooperation, self-confidence, respect for knowledge, and a true love of learning. Special emphasis is placed on you, the student, to develop self-managed learning skills, as courses are taught primarily through guided independent study.

Kepler has identified some general education competencies that it considers essential to its program and the development of habits for life-long learning and professional development. The learning activities of the program are designed to help you develop these competencies. 

  1. Knowledge and Understanding: Competence with the core materials presented in their courses and understanding of the dynamics between theory and practice.
  2. Communication: Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  3. Critical Thinking: Capacity to analyze, synthesize and evaluate information, respond creatively to concepts and experiences, and be self-reflective.
  4. Multi-Cultural Appreciation: Reflection on the relationship between personal cultural experiences and the experiences and values of other cultures and historical periods.
  5. Personal Growth: Openness to look at things from different angles and respect differing views.
  6. Technology Skills. Expansion of technological growth through producing assignments or projects in a variety of media.

Program Design-Overview

The educational year is comprised of four 10-week terms. Courses for certificates or the diploma program require 8-10 hours per week of work.

  • Certificates consist of two or three 10-week courses. Read More 
  • The Professional Diploma in Astrology (KPD) requires the equivalent of 14 ten-week courses. Read More
  • The Advanced Professional Diploma (KAPD) requires an additional 6 courses. Read More

Each diploma requires an individual demonstration of learning. This can be an article for publication, a research project, a webinar, or other public presentation.

Team-Taught Courses

Although many courses have only a single instructor, Kepler values varying perspectives and multiple viewpoints presented by visiting lecturers and reading assignments. For team-taught classes, instructors work to create an integrated learning environment while providing the students with varying points of view.


Note: Some students who have been out of education for many years have difficulties finding ways to organize their work and time. Try to set aside particular days of the week or particular times of day to study. Each student has to find his or her own routine. Help is available from your instructor or the Kepler administration. Just ask!

2. Online Learning

Kepler uses Moodle software for its course site. Each course has its own section. Students need a user name and password to enter the course site and will be emailed access information just before their first term begins.

The course site provides a well-organized format for accessing weekly assignments and related documents. Participation in online postings is a required component of your coursework. Kepler uses GoToMeeting for live sessions for lectures, presentations, or conferences between instructor/s and students.

Students may communicate with each other through online discussion forums, live interactions, and email.

Interactive Web Site

Kepler uses Moodle software for its course site. Each course has its own section. Students need a user name and password to enter the course site and will be emailed access information just before their first term begins.

The course site provides a well-organized format for accessing weekly assignments and related documents. Participation in online postings is a required component of your coursework. Kepler uses GoToMeeting for live sessions for lectures, presentations, or conferences between instructor/s and students.

Students may communicate with each other through online discussion forums, live interactions, and email.

Considerations

  • Online learning allows more flexibility to schedule study and class time around the requirements of busy lifestyles. It still requires the same work as in a classroom. And there can be other challenges.  Read More
  • Click here to read about technical requirements for our online meeting software and Moodle classroom.
  • Click here to read about software considerations.


3. Assessment of Work

The Kepler evaluation process encourages learning that moves beyond simple memorization. A brief summary is included below. Click here for more detailed information.

Instructor's Evaluation of Work

The instructor’s evaluation will be based upon the following criteria:

  • Student participation and quality of responses in written and oral work
  • Indication of growth in understanding and performance

Evaluations will show one of the following letter codes:

  • P = pass (70% or above successful)
  • PD = pass with distinction (94% or above)
  • I = incomplete (to be completed by a specific date) 
  • A  =  audit
  • W = withdrawn

Course Survey by Students

To continually improve our program, at the end of each course, students are asked for feedback about course content and delivery.

4. Student Services

If you have questions, there are a number of ways to find answers. Most answers can be obtained via the course website, emailing your instructor or asking a question directly during the live chat sessions.

info@keplercollege.org has information about:

  • The instructional program.
  • Application, registration, and payment deadlines.
  • New Kepler services, activities, and events.
  • Instructor and student contact information.
  • Technical assistance on using the course website or online meeting software.

Our registrar provides services related to admissions, student outreach, registration, records, and available scholarships. Email: registrar@keplercollege.org  

Advising: The instructors are your primary advisors and can help you find strategies for learning and locating helpful resources.

Disabilities: Information about services available to students with moderate disabilities can be found by contacting info@keplercollege.org.

Student Resources Course Site.

Our online “Student Lounge – Resource Center” provides:

  • The latest catalog information
  • Registration Calendar 
  • The Student Handbook
  • Technical assistance for Moodle and GoToMeeting
  • Useful learning links
  • Instruction on using astrological software programs