Q&A Course Content

Feb 17, 2011

Hello All

I have to create a course online from an existing "correspondence" course that consists entirely of questions and answers (seriously) and a quiz or two.  A typical question and answer is shown below.  I really don't want to put a bunch of questions and answers on slides and call it learning, but am in a quandary about what to do with this...I obviously thought about making this more conversational, but everyone of the questions addresses a specific statute of the real estate law and the responses quote the statutes almost verbatim, which is probably necessary so the learner is getting accurate responses.  Does anyone have any ideas of what I could do with this content?  I have 20 or more of these questions and some of the "answers" are pages long.  Thanks in advance for any ideas you may have.

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            The Licensing Act now establishes "ceilings" for each of these fees.  The Real Estate Commission sets the actual fees which cannot exceed the limits established by law.  The fee ceilings were changed in the 2009 Unicameral session and are as follow:

            Examination fees:

            1.         The application fee cannot exceed $250.00.  This application fee pays the cost of the investigation conducted by the Commission of each applicant for a salesperson's or broker's license to ensure that the applicant can prove their "honesty, integrity, and trustworthiness" and that all statements made on the application for a license by the applicant are true.

            2.         The examination fee cannot exceed $250.00.

            3.         The examination retake fee cannot exceed $250.00.

            Licensing and renewal fees:

            1.         Salesperson original or renewal cannot exceed $200.00.

            2.         Broker original or renewal cannot exceed $250.00. 

            All licensing and renewal fees are based on the calendar year.  For original licensing, once the licensing exam has been passed, the new licensee sends the original licensing fee to the Commission, which will license them through the balance of the calendar year.  Licensing fees are not prorated.  Whether the salesperson's licensing exam is passed in March or in September, the same original licensing fee is paid to the Real Estate Commission, licensing them through December 31 of that year.

            Each year after the original licensing, the licensee, whether they are active or inactive, must renew their license and pay the renewal fee.  In September or October of each year, the Commission mails a renewal application form and errors and omissions insurance information to each licensee.  The licensee mails the completed application and payment to the Commission by November 30 of each year.  Failure to provide renewal documents and fees results in cancellation of the license beginning January 1 of the next year.

            A licensee who does not renew by November 30 can file a late renewal by paying the licensing fee plus a fee not to exceed $25.00 for each month or fraction of a month that the renewal is late.  The late renewal option is available Dec. 1 through June 30.  Any check or electronic payment sent to the Commission for original or renewal of a license which is returned for insufficient funds is grounds for denial or revocation of a license.

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2 Replies
Jeanette Brooks

Hi Donna, and welcome! If what you pasted above represents just one of several questions that you are being asked to incorporate into a module, wow! That's a lot of data!

What's expected of the learner, as far as their performance after the training? i.e., what specifically are they being asked to do with all of the information? Is the project really intended more as a reference tool or job aid? If so,maybe the best approach is really just to streamline and organize the information in a way that makes things scannable and easy to find.

One thought that comes to mind is an Engage Timeline interaction. Even though it's called a Timeline it doesn't have to represent timeframes - instead it could be just a tool to organize the information. Each period on the timeline could represent a category of information, and then events within the timeline could represent subtopics with key things the learner needs to know. For example, one period on the timeline could be Exam, License, & Renewal. Individual events within that section of the timeline could be Exam Fees, License & Renewal Fees, When to Renew, and Late Renewals. Here's an example:

Donna Carter

Jeanette thanks for the response.  The real estate agents are required to complete a certain number of continuing education credits to maintain their licenses, so I believe the intent of this course is to just provide a review of some of the more pertinent aspects of the real estate rules and regulations.  I like your idea a lot, and really appreciate the help.  Thanks again.

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