The EFA hosts webinars and online courses designed for editorial/publishing freelancers located anywhere in the world. All courses are open to members and nonmembers and require advance registration. Members enjoy reduced tuition. We keep our course prices as low as possible to merely break even with the costs of providing education.
The EFA does not provide certificates for those who take courses. However, individual instructors may write a letter in response to a request for verification of participation in a course. Participants in EFA courses do not receive grades.
Information on our online class platform and our webinar platform is given below in the About Online Courses and About Webinars sections. For details on the current EFA education offerings, see the current catalog.
About Online Courses
Our online courses are held in Sakai, a learning management system that is similar to Blackboard (used by universities). Classes do not take place in real time, so you never need to be at your computer at any specific hour. Instructors post new lessons and assignments once per week on the day of the week the course begins. You can access course materials any time during the course, whenever it is convenient for you. Courses end one week after the last assignment is posted.
When you register for an online course, you will receive an email a few days before the course start date that provides log-in information for the Sakai website. This email comes from firstname.lastname@example.org. Add this address to your white list and be sure to check your spam folder if you don't see it. Here are a few tips to get you started using the Sakai website: Sakai Student Quickstart Guide. Further help is available to students within the Sakai website.
Be sure to register with the email address you will use to receive course messages and to check spam, promotions, or other folders if you have not received course access information by one day before your course begins.
The EFA uses the GoToWebinar platform for webinars. All webinars are recorded and the recordings are made available to registrants within 2-3 days of the live webinar. Here are a few tips to get you started using GoToWebinar: A link to sign in with GoToWebinar is sent to participants 1 day before the live webinar takes place. Be sure to look for this email in your spam folder if you do not see it in your in-box. The email comes from education AT the-efa.org. When you register with GoToWebinar, the site may send you a link asking you to download Adobe flash. It will likely go to your download folder, so please check there or in spam. You will also receive an email containing the link needed to access the webinar. This email will come from email@example.com with the education chair’s name. Add this email to your white list and check for it in your spam folder. For combo or series webinars, each webinar has a separate sign-in link.
The link to the recording file will come from education AT the-efa.org. An evaluation survey for each webinar will come from Survey Monkey. Your help in evaluating programs helps us to provide the kind of education you want.
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