Changes are coming to the Texas OnCourse Academy!

By: Texas OnCourse
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Note: We'll continue to refresh this space when we add modules and features to the new Academy experience. Keep it bookmarked!

Update, 7/15: The Academy is back!

Explore it now. We’re still shaping it into the best possible resource to support your college and career advising needs. You may encounter some oddities as we do so. You helped us build this resource – the first of its kind in the whole country! – and we hope you continue to do so by reporting any glitches to our support team. And if you have questions, check our FAQ.

If you are planning to incorporate the Academy into ESC, district, or school professional development in July, contact us ASAP.

What can you expect from the new Academy? A lighter look and feel, new learning pathways through modules, and an easier experience when it comes to demonstrating mastery. We’re kicking off your new Academy with 12 modules, including College Credits, FAFSA, TASFA, Common App, and more. Expect the remaining modules to be available in early August.

Our new platform was built with your feedback and the user experience in mind. We’re committed to ensure the Academy remains a relevant and valuable professional development resource for you. 

Here are some screenshots of what you can expect from the new Academy!

The Academy dashboard:

Screenshot of the Academy dashboard

Your dashboard has changed, but you can still access modules in a variety of ways. And now, you can print your badges and certificates!

Inside a module:

Screenshot of the a module inside the Academy

We hope you find module learning content as engaging as before.

 

Look Out for a Demo Webinar!

Soon, we will host and record a webinar to walk you through the new system and answer your questions. Keep an eye on your email and our website for registration information!

With the new and improved Texas OnCourse Academy, you’ll be even more prepared to launch every student into a successful life after high school.

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It’s our job to keep you sharp and in tune with up-to-date college and career information. We know the Texas OnCourse Academy is indispensable to your practice, and we’re making improvements to ensure that this critical resource is even more relevant, valuable and easy to use.

This spring, the Academy is going to look totally different, as we're enhancing your user experience and freshening up the design. We’re also updating the content and improving your learning pathway. We hope these changes transform your experience with the Academy. It’ll be different, but it’ll also be fresh, uncomplicated, and personalized.

Here are a few things you need to know:

  • Working toward an award or CPE credit? Master all modules by April 15th! You’ll hang on to the badges you’ve earned and modules you’ve mastered in the new system. However, because we’re updating the content in most modules and overhauling the way they’re structured, you’ll lose progress for any modules you haven’t mastered. This is important! It’s possible you have completed all units in a module without having mastered the module. Review this information to understand how to master a module.
  • Save your bookmarks. Any bookmarks you’ve saved will not be carried over into the new platform. We recommend downloading any PDFs you use and saving to your computer or making note of any pages or information you’ve found particularly helpful.
  • Be prepared for disruption. We’re doing everything we can to minimize any disruption to your access to the Academy. However, there is a possibility that we’ll need to briefly freeze the Academy while we transfer data. If this happens, you may not be able to make progress on modules, meaning you won’t be able to work toward CPE credit or monetary rewards during that brief period. You will still be able to access all of the information and resources in the platform. If a freeze will be necessary, we’ll be sure to let you know!

What Will Happen to Your Favorite Features

We are retaining your favorite features from the Academy – including notifications, chat, and the ability to bookmark – and improving others. Some of these features may not be available immediately.

All of the great information and resources in the modules will still be there, though we’re updating content and making adjustments to improve your learning experience.

Look Out for a Demo Webinar!

Once the new Academy goes live, we will host and record a webinar to walk you through the new system and answer your questions. Keep an eye on your email and our website for registration information!

With the new and improved Texas OnCourse Academy, you’ll be even more prepared to launch every student into a successful life after high school!