Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who is the online program for? Are there age restrictions?
    • The online program is for members and attending prospective members of the Living Church of God. There are no age restrictions beyond the ability to read and study the Bible. Internet access, an individual email address and a MyLCG account are required.
  • Is this an option for high school students, or is there some specific program designed for high school students?
    • The Living Education-Online program is a viable option for high school students, and they are encouraged to participate in this online program.
  • Will I be able to utilize the online courses as a Bible study?
    • Sure! There are those who appreciate having a guided study experience provided by a source they trust. Living Education may be just what you were looking for to spark your Bible study!
  • What classes or types of classes can I expect to see offered in the online program?
    • You can expect to find a variety of courses on biblical topics, studies on specific books of the Bible, Christian living, biblical doctrine, and more.
  • Will the online program offer all the material that was previously offered by Living University?
    • The Living Education program will offer much of the same class material that was offered through Living University. In fact, you’ll notice that some of the video and printed material will even carry the “Living University” logo.  The major difference will be in how the material will be offered.
  • I heard the Living Education program is supposed to be free. Is that true, and if not, how much does the online program cost?
    • The goal of the Living Church of God is to provide educational materials for its members at no cost; therefore, there is no tuition charge to take a Living Education-Online course.
  • Will I need to pay a technology fee or are there any textbooks I need to purchase for these online courses?
    • The Church has created a customized Learning Management System to deliver Living Education courses, which helps to eliminate the need for a technology fee. In addition, to keep student costs down, there will be no required textbooks. Some books may be “recommended,” but their purchase is not required in order to complete the courses in the online program.
  • What type of assignments will be required of the online students? Will I have to turn in writing assignments, take part in discussion forums, or take tests?
    • There will be NO writing assignments or discussion forums in Living Education courses. On the other hand, there will be short quizzes consisting of 10-20 questions each which can be taken multiple times until you are satisfied with your results. Quiz questions will be of the simple multiple-choice type.
  • Is it possible to audit the online courses, or must they be taken for credit?
    • These online courses are not to be considered either for “audit or credit,” which is terminology reminiscent of Living University. Think of it this way: a Living Education student does not “earn credit” (there is no “credit value” awarded for completing a course), nor do they “audit” (that is, monitor a class without actively participating). To take a Living Education course, a student will need to work through the course material on their own and complete each of the quizzes provided to move onto the next module/section/lesson. In other words, you must actively participate to progress through a course.
  • If I sign up for a course, do I have to be online at a specific day/time to see a lecture?
    • There is no required “live” lecture component as part of the course content; you can simply log in and work on your course material at any time. However, we are planning to have a live presentation near the end of every “active” course section. While this is not a mandatory requirement, it should be beneficial to those who choose to participate. The good news is, for those who cannot attend the live session during its regularly scheduled time, the session will be recorded and made available for access by all students.
  • How much will the students be able to interact with the instructor and the other students in the course?
    • If a student needs to contact the instructor of record, they can do so by sending a private message through the system. However, there will be no direct communication between online students since this is a self-directed learning experience. On the other hand, because the “active” course in session is available church-wide, students are encouraged to discuss course content with their local pastor and others in their congregation who are enrolled in the course.
  • How do I enroll in a course offered in the online program?
    • Announcements from the Living Education Department will inform members when enrollment is open for the next “active” course. Those interested will be able to access the course enrollment page and self-enroll by clicking the Enroll button.
  • How long does it take to complete an online course?
    • Each course will be approximately a month in length. In some cases, a course may be divided into three separate installments (such as Life, Ministry and Teachings of Jesus I, II, and III), in which case it would take approximately 3 months to complete the 3-part course. However, students may take longer than the allotted time if they choose to do so.
  • In what format will the online courses be provided or organized?
    • Each course will consist of 8-12 lessons. The number of lessons in a course will depend on the amount of information being delivered in each particular course. In an “active” course, the lessons will be available on certain dates. If you complete the quiz questions for an open lesson and the next sequential lesson is open, you can continue to progress through the course. If the next lesson in the sequence is open but you have not completed the previous lesson, you will not gain access to that next module until you do so.
  • How much time should I plan to invest per lesson when taking courses in the online program?
    • On average, you should plan to spend between 1 and 1 ½ hours per lesson on reading and lecture material. Depending on the size of the lesson, you may cover 2-3 lessons per week.
  • Am I able to move through the online course at my own pace, or will I have to keep up with scheduled deadlines?
    • The “active” online course will run on a particular time schedule, however, you can move at a slower pace and finish the course even after it is no longer the “active” course being offered. However, when the course completes its designated schedule, it is no longer actively supported.
  • What do you mean by an “active” course?
    • An “active” course is the currently offered course that is actively being supported and offering live meeting sessions. At any given time, there would be no more than one “active” course in session. It is the course that Living Education is focusing on currently and that is receiving live support. There may be other courses in the course library or archive, but they are not the ones that are currently being supported.
  • Can I enroll in a course that is not the “active” course in session, or do I have to wait to enroll in that course only when it becomes the “active” course?
    • A student may enroll in a course that is in the course library or archive at any time, with the understanding that it is not receiving active support.
  • Can I retake a course again in the future if I have already taken it once before?
    • Yes, you will be able to retake a course, or simply revisit the course you took in the past to review its materials.
  • Do you offer additional materials for those who want to learn more than what is “required” to complete the course?
    • Yes, each lesson will include a list of supplemental or optional reading materials or videos for those who want to “dig deeper” into the lesson topic.
  • Does an online student earn any credits for completing a course?
    • No, there are no credits issued for completing a course in the Living Education-Online program.
  • I understand the educational program is not accredited, but will I earn anything when I complete a course, such as a certificate of completion?
    • There is no credential or certificate issued for completing a course. However, a certificate of completion may be issued if a student completes a specific series of courses that make up a grouping of courses, such as completion of the New Testament series of courses.
  • Are the courses in the online program going to be mobile-friendly?
    • Yes, the courses will be available to view from your mobile device.
  • If I don’t have easy access to a computer, will there be a paper version of the courses that I can obtain?
    • If you are unable to access the course online, you can obtain a printed copy of the course material by requesting it from your local pastor; each pastor will receive a hard copy to use as needed. Printed copies of the course material will not be distributed directly by the Living Education department in Charlotte. Please note that members who obtain printed copies of the lesson without taking the online version of the course will not be recorded in our system as being enrolled in the course, or as completing a course. Also, the printed materials will not include course lectures.
  • Can I download and save the videos and audios?
    • Because they are part of a step by step course, we have designed the media to be “private“ within the system, and not downloadable.  Our goal is to make the material free and easily available but still maintain the integrity of an actual systematic class in the various subjects. Once a person goes through all the lectures, there is an embedded playlist in the conclusion that allows the user to listen to any of the lectures at will, but they have to go through the full unit to get that access.