Online Bhaktivaibhava (7)
Although online studies offer many benefits, one of the challenges of online studying in general is in achieving sufficient interaction with others and cultivating verbal proficiency and skill in presenting relevant topics. Speaking more specifically in relation to our studies, there is both theological, personal, social and spiritual significance in our endeavor to present the message of Bhagavatam verbally. Srila Prabhupada doubtlessly wanted it, and he went to length to train his disciples how to present it. As ISKCON and in general as contemporary Vaishnavas, we are inescapably meeting a need to present the teachings of Krishna in a relevant and empowered way to both intelligentsia and the masses. Therefore it is essential for us to make an endeavor and do at least two short 10-20 minute presentation per Canto.
How to do it:
o assemble students for an online presentation (skype etc)
o present locally at your center/ temple/ sanga and send us the recording
o present on a radio/ tv/ newspaper and send us links
o present locally at Radhadesh
o one can record Power Point presentation
o one can do home video presentation and send the youtube/vimeo link
o record webinar session and provide the link
At the end of each module student will receive the grade directly from the Bhaktivedatna College administration or sometimes from the tutor. Student should not pay attention to the automatic grades given in the Moodle system.
Students who have to (second attempt) or want to (second attendance) take a course or exam for the second time can do so with the administration fee. The administration fee is 25 EUR for all courses except for the ISKCON Disciples Course and Thematic Bhagavad-gita which is 10 EUR, and Bhaktivaibhava course which is 50 EUR.
If a student is just submitting the missing parts of the assessment, from the moment we confirm the acceptance of the fee the student has 2 weeks timeframe to do it and inform our secretary about it.
This second attempt policy does not apply to students of Introduction to Yoga Philosophy (IYP) course. More info on second attempt policy for IYP course is available in the ‘Assessment and Certification’ section of the module.
IMPORTANT: in the box ‘Special instructions’ on the Paypal payment page you MUST write your BCOC username and course/module name for which you are re-taking the exam.
For any successfully finished online module student can get the printed copy at home address. To get the certificate via snail mail, one should:
- Pay 10 EUR by using the Paypal button below (for bank transfer, please use the bank details available here). If you need more than 1 certificate, kindly arrange the payment with our secretary.
- Fill in the Certificate by post online form.
- Kindly wait for a while: we will arrange that the certificate comes to your address as soon as possible!
If a student strongly disagrees with the mark assigned by the tutor for any of the components (which are not automatically marked by the system), s/he can ask for the monitoring procedure:
1. another BC tutor in the role of a monitor marks the component and suggests the change to the original tutor
2. if monitor and tutor agree on the mark (new one or the same), that mark is final
3. if monitor and tutor do not agree on the mark, external monitor is invited to mark the component and that mark is final
A student cannot put another complaint about monitor’s or external monitor’s mark as these marks are final.
For extension of the deadline for taking the final exam, a tutor can approve maximum 2 weeks of extension based on reasons student provide in the extension form. It is not possible to give the extension for weekly assessments, but only for final assessment/s. This doesn’t apply to Introduction to Yoga Philosophy course which doesn’t have a final exam, but only weekly assignments. Extension form is available upon request and it should be sent by email directly to the secretary. The extension request must be sent AT LEAST 3 DAYS IN ADVANCE of the deadline.
Requests for an extension are considered by the tutor, who will only grant an extension if there is a good basis for it. Claims should be accompanied by a valid medical certificate or other valid certified evidence. The tutor should agree and confirm the new deadline date for the student by email. Failure to do the final assessment before the deadline calls for the application of ‘Second attempt’ policy.
Examples of Acceptable Evidence in Support of an Extension
Extensions will only be granted in exceptional circumstances. We are unable to make allowances for minor illnesses. You are expected to plan your work and allow leeway to cope with minor misfortunes. Notes/letters from a doctor or nurse stating that the illness/ailment ‘may have an impact’ or which state ‘the patient informs me’ will not normally be accepted as valid evidence.
The tutor will not take account of events such as car breakdowns, public transport delays, and computer breakdowns. For a submission deadline or an exam, you must allow extra time in the case such things happen. It is up to you to back up work on your computer.
One exception is a failure of Bhaktivedanta College Online Campus web-site. However, the failure has to be substantial, very close to the deadline, and documented by our technical department.
Students can face other obstacles while preparing for taking the final exam. If that is the case, it is up to the tutor to decide if the reason given by the student is acceptable for granting the extension or not.
If a student gives up on taking the module or course for which s/he registered, s/he should inform our secretary latest 7 days from the beginning of the module/course to either get a refund or be transferred to its next scheduled delivery. In case of those who enrolled for full Bhakti-sastri course or combo of courses, a refund is possible only at the beginning of the first module/course from the combo.
After 7 days, if we don’t get any statement from the student, it is considered that student has taken the course and transferring is not possible anymore.
Postponing of a module/course can be made for two consecutive deliveries. In the case of full Bhakti-sastri or combo of courses, this applies to each module/course. After that, new full payment for that particular module/course is required in order to get enrolled in it.
These policies are valid for online courses only. Onsite courses, or those which have an onsite component, have different policies in place.