Course Libraries: Frequently Asked Questions
If you have questions about our course libraries (formerly known as EdTrainingCenter), you’re in the right place! We’ve put together the questions we most frequently hear from school districts who are researching our online courses.
What are some of the benefits of using Frontline’s online courses?
Our extensive course libraries let you meet all of your employees’ diverse learning needs. Educators can drive their own learning with relevant, just-in-time content. Substitutes and paraprofessionals can become more effective, and new hires can get up to speed with onboarding and compliance trainings. And you can easily track all of your employees’ learning activities, document their progress and reduce the risk of incidents or lawsuits.
- Provide your educators with lessons from the best: all courses are taught by expert educators, typically with 10 years of experience in the subject area.
- Ensure that your people get the training they need by assigning courses, or allow educators to choose the learning opportunities that best fit their needs.
- Save time and money by letting employees complete courses on their own time, instead of hosting in-person workshops.
- Easily keep track of employee professional learning and training. Our courses are SCORM-compliant, giving you confidence that they’ve actually completed the course.
What makes Frontline’s course libraries different?
Where should we start? Not only are all of our courses fully trackable, allowing your district to increase accountability, but we also have the widest variety of courses in the industry. No other vendor has all of the courses we offer — you would have to buy from four or five separate vendors to get all the content that Frontline offers in one place.
That convenience extends to accessing the courses themselves. As part of Frontline’s platform, learners can easily get the content they need, when they need it. For example, new hires can access their assigned onboarding and safety training courses directly from Frontline Recruiting & Hiring.
We are also the only provider that includes courses that help substitutes work with at-risk kids — students who are poor, hungry, homeless, traumatized, abused or suffering. We believe that we can help make a difference by empowering the front line of education to protect every student
What courses do you offer?
Our course libraries are comprised of over 800 courses total, including state-specific and state-mandated titles.
- Safety & Onboarding Library (formerly known as “New Hire” and “Roots”): safety and compliance trainings for all job roles, as well as any state-mandated trainings.
- Substitute Training Course Library: trainings for substitute teachers, paraprofessionals and school secretaries.
- Professional Development and Mandatory Training Library (formerly known as “Post Hire” and “Growth”): a broad variety of courses designed to impact instructional practice and help your educators be as effective as possible.
Here’s just a taste of some of the topics we cover in our courses:
- Ethics and professional conduct for educators
- Classroom management, instructional pedagogy, and curriculum development
- Support for at-risk youth, special education, ESL/ESOL and struggling students.
- Use of educational technology, digital devices, internet resources and common software programs like Google Classroom
- The Common Core Mathematics standards (including sub standards) for K-12 and
- The College and Career Readiness CC standards for K-12.
- The NGSS standards for K – 8th grades.
- Financial literacy for 8th – 12th grades.
- Teen dating violence
- Drug- and alcohol-free schools
Are they videos or courses?
All of our available content is in course format. Although videos are built into the actual courses, our courses include more than just videos. They include interactive widgets, narrated presentations and built-in assessments.
What is the format of your courses?
All of our courses are built using the eLearning standard SCORM protocol. This means that users cannot “click-click-click” their way through courses and get credit. They also cannot mark them as complete themselves. Instead they have to read every page, listen to every narration, watch every video, and answer every assessment question in order to receive credit for completing a course.
Course lengths are listed in our catalog documents, but tend to be in the 20-30 minute range. The only exceptions are any state-mandated courses that require a specific length.
Can learners start and stop whenever they want or need to?
Yes! Learners can take courses on demand, logging in and out whenever they want to do so. The course will bookmark their progress and let them resume where they’ve left off. They don’t have to start over or try to remember where they stopped.
Do courses mark themselves as completed automatically or does an Administrator have to do it?
Courses are automatically marked as completed automatically once a learner has actually met all completion requirements (visiting every page, answering every quiz question, and depending on the course, answering every quiz question correctly or passing a graded quiz).
How do I know that someone has completed a course?
Administrators are able to view individual learners’ transcripts and generate reports that show completion records for whole groups of employees.