The International School for Holocaust Studies
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- Can I take only one or some of the courses? Is there any particular order I'm required to take them in?
- When can I register? What is the duration of a course?
- What is the workload?
- How many lessons are there in a course?
- Where do I access the material and readings?
- Are the courses suitable for my knowledge level? What is the target audience?
- Can I take this course at my own pace?
- What is the fee for an individual course?
- Can I operate the course on a Macintosh computer?
- Will you accept assignments created in word processor X?
- Are there scholarships or discounts?
- What type of certification do I receive for a course?
- I am an Israeli teacher. Am I eligible for professional development credit (gmul hishtalmut) hours?
Can I take only one or some of the courses? Is there any particular order I'm required to take them in?
The courses are intentionally designed so as to be separate from the others. This means you can take one course, several, or all of them - and in any order you prefer. It is not necessary to take a prior course in order to understand another one. Having said that, if you know in advance that you'd like to take several courses, it would make sense to take them roughly in the order in which they appear on our online courses page.
Except where noted in the course description, all courses are open to register and begin at any time, throughout the year. (Israeli gmul courses, run one at a time on specific dates, and are subject to minimum enrollment). Course registration is active for a period of 6 months per course from the moment of approval onto the course system. Within that period, students may complete the assignment at any pace they wish - we recommend reading the material and submitting the assignments at a rate of one lesson or more every two weeks.
If purchasing more than one course concurrently, the 6-month period is counted per course, from when you first access that course - the time periods can overlap or be staggered according to when you choose to begin each course.
(Courses operating in the Gmul format - applicable only for Israeli teachers - have structured submission dates.)
For each lesson, participants are required to read the materials provided – including the lesson and mandatory reading. Additional readings are optional, according to prior knowledge and interest. Participants are required to complete an assignment for each lesson. These usually consist of two or three questions, and answers are limited to a maximum of a half page for each question (except for special courses). (In addition to these assignments, Gmul courses - applicable only for Israeli teachers - also require participation in separate forum questions, usually more depth- or philosophy-oriented. These courses also include a mandatory day-seminar at Yad Vashem, and submission of a final assignment (5-6 pages in length).)
Our courses generally comprise of 12-13 lessons each (equivalent to 60 hours) or 6-7 lessons each (equivalent to 30 hours). Israeli, Gmul courses run to 13 lessons.
Students access all required materials online, and the course may thus be taken from anywhere with a computer and internet connection. The "further reading" materials are not available online (mostly due to copyright restrictions, etc.).
While extensive in scope, our courses are defined as introductory. Most of our students thus far have been educators in some capacity – either at a school, at a university or running Holocaust resource centers. However, many participants have had no formal training beyond general interest in the field, and simply wished to expand their knowledge in Holocaust history.
Our courses allow participants to work at a steady pace, in their own time (except where noted otherwise in the course description). Course registration is active for a period of 6 months (per course) from the moment of approval onto the course system. within that period, students may complete the assignment at any pace they wish - we recommend reading the material and submitting the assignments at a rate of one lesson or more every two weeks. (Gmul courses have structured, bi-weekly submission dates, and a final assignment.)
The registration fee per course is currently US$100. Returning students are eligible for a 20% discount when purchasing their second course, and a 25% discount when purchasing their third, and any additional, courses. Those purchasing five or more of our courses at once receive the 25% discount on all the course registration fees. Repeating a course, or renewing a course that has timed-out will be charged as an additional course purchase. In all cases, please contact us when ready to enroll, to receive the discounts.
Gmul courses are not eligible for discounts. However, Israeli teachers who are members of Irgun Hamorim pay a subsidized fee. Please contact us prior to ordering, if this is the case.
The course is Mac compatible.
If you are using any non-standard word processor, or otherwise have any doubts, simply save your assignments in .RTF format (Rich Text Format). This option is generally available in the drop-down menu when naming and saving your work file.
There are currently no scholarships available, as the course is already heavily subsidized by Yad Vashem. However, return students receive a discount for subsequent courses (see above).
Successful completion of a course earns a participant a certificate of completion from Yad Vashem for 60 online hours per course (consisting of 12 lessons and above; other earn 30 hours except where otherwise stated), provided that they have completed all assignments within the alotted time frame (6 months per course, unless stated otherwise on the course system).
For those interested in accreditation, please note these courses are not currently formally accredited by an academic institution. Having said this, we have had teachers contact their respective certifying bodies and getting recognition for certification from their relevant certifying body. Therefore, for both academic and teaching accreditation, please check in advance with your own institution to see if they will accept hours for these courses. (Israeli teachers - see also next question regarding Gmul courses.)
[Note this answer only applies to teachers within Israel's formal education system.]
Our courses are eligible for 60 gmul hishtalmut hours (for Ofek Hadash; non-Ofek will receive the equivalent hours). All gmul courses are subject to minimum enrollment - if a course is cancelled we will refund your payment. In accordance with Education Ministry requirements, courses for Israeli teachers are offered periodically, with specific starting and ending dates, and are subject to minimum enrollment to qualify. Lessons are updated every other week, with a similar schedule for assignment submissions. As each course comprises 13 lessons, courses last approximately 7 months.
The courses also include two professional development seminar days that take place at Yad Vashem, and a final assignment for participants. Check our online courses page for upcoming course dates with eligibility. For more details, contact the relevant course instructor by clicking "For further inquiries" on the online courses page. For payment details, see the relevant question above.