AP Course Audit administrators can begin renewing previously authorized courses for the upcoming 2015-16 school year. Online/Distance Learning courses can also be added at this time.
Instructions for Selecting an Online or Distance Learning Provider
Through the AP Course Audit Web site, AP Course Audit administrators are able to select the authorized online/distance learning courses your school offers to its students each academic year. To do so, AP Course Audit administrators should sign in to the AP Course Audit Web site, navigate to the “Add Online or Distance Learning Course” page, and select the authorized courses your school offers. These AP courses will then be included with your school’s other authorized courses in the AP course ledger.
If your chosen online/distance learning AP course provider does not appear on this list, it could mean that the provider has not yet submitted its course materials, or that the materials are still under review. Contact your online or distance learning provider for more information. You can also encourage your provider to contact the AP Course Audit Helpline directly if it has not already done so by calling 877-APHELP-0 (274-3570).
Online or Distance Learning Providers Offering AP Courses
The College Board recognizes the important service that online and distance learning providers provide to students and schools, and the AP Course Audit represents an opportunity to promote much greater awareness of these organizations’ AP courses. All online or distance learning providers that wish to label their courses AP, and appear as authorized AP course providers, must participate in the AP Course Audit.
Virtual School Partnerships and Content Providers
The College Board is aware of some virtual schools that license their content from other virtual schools. The decision as to whether or not the “licensee” of that content should participate in the AP Course Audit is entirely up to that virtual school. Your decision should depend on whether or not you wish your virtual school’s name to appear in the list of authorized course providers. Keep in mind that brick-and-mortar schools that wish to associate your courses with their school’s profile will be looking for your name in the list of authorized providers, and not, perhaps, the name of the virtual school from which you license content.
Online content providers, such as makers of virtual labs or curricular packages, cannot participate in the AP Course Audit. Such lab or curricular materials may subsequently be reviewed as part of an online or distance learning provider’s course, but stand-alone materials cannot be submitted to be evaluated as independent products. The AP Course Audit process is designed to review AP courses in their entirety, so only schools (whether brick-and-mortar or virtual) can submit course syllabi for review.
Annual AP Course Renewals
Beginning in August of each academic year, AP Course Audit administrators are responsible for renewing previously authorized courses that will again be offered. Administrators can renew courses online from their AP Course Audit account.
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