AUA OPEN EDUCATION POLICIES

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Dear AUA Open Education Student,

WELCOME to AUA Open Education! Our courses are intended to offer you opportunities to expand your knowledge and tailor your personal growth and professional development to best suit your individual educational goals and career choices. 

We will help you reach your highest potential, whether you wish to apply for admission to AUA or expand your knowledge and skills to become more competitive in the labor market. Whatever your individual aspirations are, AUA Open Education will coach you in gaining the knowledge and skills that will support achieving your goals. Please take the time to read these policies carefully and if you have questions that have not been addressed in this document, feel free to check with our Office or by your instructor. 

We wish you the best AUA educational experience and a very bright future!

Open Class – Before enrolling in an AUA Open Education course, students can attend an open class. Open Classes are actual classes offered at AUA Open Education at the moment that are open to all prospective applicants at no cost. Open classes are intended to offer you the opportunity of making yourself familiar with what the classes are like at Open Education. Please take the time to read the Open Class policy carefully at http://openeducation.aua.am/attend-an-open-class/

Enrollment – Students must register for AUA Open Education courses online at im.aua.am. To enroll in AUA Open Education courses, please follow the instructions found in openeducation.aua.am/online-registration-2.

Level Change – Students enrolled in continuing courses may petition the AUA Open Education Administration to change their level (up or down one level) no later, then after the second class. The AUA Open Education Administration prior to making a decision may take additional steps to verify the student’s knowledge. 

Enrollment Cancellation and withdrawal– Registered students may cancel their enrollment and receive a refund for the amount of paid fees, less a processing fee of AMD 5,000, provided the request to withdraw is made after the second class. If the request to withdraw is made after that date, students will forfeit paid fees. In exceptional cases, students may petition the Director of Open Education in writing explaining the particular circumstance, which may warrant reconsideration. If approved, the student will receive credit against AUA Open Education courses offered within three months of the withdrawal. Failure to re-enroll within a period of three months will result in a student forfeiting the paid amount. Note: This rule to withdraw does not apply to courses of up to twelve (12) hours, in which case no refund is due.

Discounts – 10% discount is granted to:

  1. AUA alumni intended to take Open Education courses*
  2. AUA Open Education alumni (people who took one and more AUA Open Education course)
  3. Partner organizations providing 6 and more employees for the same Open Education course

Good Standing –  The passing grade for AUA Open Education courses is 70%. Certificate of Completion will be provided to those who receive a score of 70% and above.

In the event that participants’ score is from 50% to 69,9% they will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance and they will not be able to move up to the next level (for continuing courses).  The student can choose to repeat the same course for the 10% discounted fee, with no placement test re-take requirement.   

In case the total course score received is 49,9% and less no certificate (neither Certificate of Completion, nor Certificate of Attendance) will be provided, and the student would not be able to proceed to the next level of instruction (for continuing courses). The student can choose to repeat the same course for the 10% discounted fee, with no placement test retake requirement.   

Attendance – Enrolled students should make an effort not to miss class. In the event that a student’s attendance falls below 65% of classes held, the student will be deprived of getting the Certificate (neither Certificate of Completion, nor Certificate of Attendance) for that course.

ID Cards – Once students are enrolled in a course, the cards will be provided to them. They must have this card every time they enter AUA.  The card will serve as proof of enrollment at AUA. The ID card also gives students the opportunity to use the AUA Papazian Library.  Students must return ID cards immediately upon the end of the course. In case of card loss or damage 1,000 AMD will be charged. Students will obtain their certificates only after giving the ID cards back or paying the fee of 1,000 AMD.

Class Make-up – All holidays falling within a cycle will be made up. The make-up day will be determined by consensus.

Class Duration and Breaks – At AUA Open Education, a class hour equals 50 minutes. This translates to a maximum of a 10-minute break for every one clock hour of class. Exactly when the break is taken is up to the instructor and students to decide.

Schedules and Class Logistics – The Schedule of Classes and corresponding classroom designation are the responsibility of AUA Open Education Administration. Instructors and students are requested not to change or request changes pertaining to class time or room except under extenuating circumstances. Students will be informed 2 hours (If it possible) in advance of the class in the event of cancellation of a class due to instructor’s illness or in an emergency situation. All canceled classes will be made up by the consensus of instructor and students.

Student Assessment – All AUA Open Education courses use in-class tests to assess student learning progress.

Instructor Assignment – AUA Open Education students are not given the privilege of choosing their instructor. Instructors are assigned to teach courses based on several factors, including knowledge qualifications, experience requirements, and performance records. Double

Class evaluation – AUA Open Education students will be asked to evaluate the instructor and the course at the end of each course. Students are encouraged to treat these evaluations with utmost importance, sincerity, and responsiveness. These evaluations form an integral part of our continuous quality improvement process.

Students can feel free to share their considerations with the Open Education Administration also during the course.

Classroom Codes of Conduct

The fundamental purpose of the AUA Open Education is to develop and deliver a high quality continuous education and professional development in various areas to all ages.  The regulation of AUA student code of conduct is to promote the health, safety, welfare, property, and right of all AUA community as a whole. As a member of the AUA community, students accept certain responsibilities, which support the educational mission and create a safe learning environment in which all students are given an equal opportunity to succeed academically.

AUA Open Education classroom codes of conduct is as follows:

  • Arrive on time – any late arrival over 10 minutes will be marked “Late”
  • Respect for peers and instructor
  • No cheating or plagiarism
  • Tolerance to accept constructive criticism
  • No side bar conversation- excessive interruption will result in removal from the class
  • Be attentive
  • Active participation and contribution
  • No electronics – phones should be turned off during class
  • Be professional
  • No interruption through constant going in and out of the class
  • No eating, drinking
  • No headphones
  • Speak at your turn, DO NOT INTERRUPT others
  • Care for University furniture and equipment

* Special discount applies: 33% of the regular price, except for:

  1. PMP test preparation course 
  2. Other exam/test Preparation courses (such as GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, SAT, etc.) 
  3. General English courses 
  4. Special project courses.

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