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What are the system requirements for this course?

The course was tested on recent versions of Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. We’ve found some bugs in assessments that occur on Safari, and do not recommend using it. While it is possible to access the course on tablets and other mobile devices, some parts of the course do not function correctly, and it is recommended that you take the course on a laptop or desktop to have full functionality.

How do I earn the ID Verified Certificate? 

Online learners who achieve a passing grade of at least 70 percent in GizaX can get a certificate. These certificates will indicate that you have successfully completed the course, but will not include a specific grade. Certificates will be issued by HarvardX. 

Is there an ID Verified Certificate?

Yes. But you must register for the ID Certificate before the deadline.  :)

How do I navigate the course?

Start with “Course.” Click to open a section. Click across icons on the “Ribbon” to go through the material. Complete the work on each page. You can adjust video play speed in the video player.  You can also turn the captions on and off, and download the transcripts and videos.  edX has a short navigation tutorial if you need more help.

Will the text of the lectures be available? 

Yes, transcripts of the course will be made available alongside each video. You can also download the transcripts as needed.

Is there a textbook? 


What is the format of the class?

GizaX consists of pre-recorded lectures. Lectures are followed by assessments and opportunities to participate in discussion forums. The course is self-paced.  You may work at your own pace but please finish before the course closes. 

What are the assessments?

GizaX contains graded and ungraded assessments throughout the course to test your understanding of the material and encourage engagement with the course. There are several types of graded assessments; these include multiple choice, which will have one correct answer, checkbox questions, which will have two or more correct answers, image-based analysis questions, and short answers. Ungraded assessments include polls and discussion boards. We highly encourage all students to complete these assignments, as they offer an opportunity to interact with other students and receive feedback from your peers.

How will I be graded?

To pass this course, you will need to attain a course average of at least 70 percent on graded assessment questions. Students who pass the course can receive a certificate of completion.  Although not every question is graded, completing each question generally counts towards your final score and is highly recommended. Since this is a new course and is likely to have errors that we haven't fixed yet, we have made some of the homework problems "droppable." The system will drop your lowest grades. 

How do I see the correct answer?

To submit your answer for points, select ‘Check.’ If you are stumped, you can select ‘show answer,’ but this will result in forfeiture of your points. Please note: if you select ‘Show Answer’ before clicking ‘Check,’ you will receive 0 points.  Leaving a question blank and clicking "Check" will also result in an incorrect attempt. If it is the last attempt and the question is left blank, clicking "Final Check" with no answer submitted will also result in zero points scored. Once you have a green check mark, no need to do anything else, you got the points!


What will the course cover? 

A description of the Modules can be found in an adjacent tab.

Are there follow-ups to the course?

At this time, there are no additional courses. However, we recommend participating in any future edX courses you find interesting!


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