Frequently Asked Questions
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(2) Tell us if we do not already know (if a resource has text but no link to click, we have marked that as missing);
(3) You may be able to find the missing resource by [a] using the “Wayback Machine” at http://www.archive.org/web — just paste in the link that is broken, or [b] searching the Web.
• Private: Only you and Saylor Academy Administrators will be able to view your portfolio. Sign-in required.
• Link-only Access: Your portfolio can be viewed by only those to whom you have given a direct URL link. Those viewers will not be required to sign-in themselves or have an account.
• ePortfolio User Access: Any registered ePortfolio User can find and access your portfolio. Those users must be signed-in.
• Public: Anyone on the web can find and access your portfolio. No sign-in is required.
You may be able to obtain college credit using Saylor Academy materials. Learn about our college credit pathways here.
If you would like your college to award credit for Saylor Academy coursework that is not currently aligned to defined credit pathways, we suggest that you speak with your institution’s administrative offices about a number of different options. Firstly, you should talk to a professor, department head, or registrar about the potential to take an existing challenge exam (common at many schools), to earn credit and/or place out of a course for which there is a Saylor Academy equivalent that you have taken. Typically, schools that do have these exams will let students take them anywhere from no cost, to $100 per test.
Alternatively, you could ask to have a school official proctor your Saylor Academy exam attempt (thereby verifying that you are the one who passed the test, and should receive credit for it). This option may require the extra step of having your school review the Saylor course and exam, to determine whether it assesses the same topics as other college level courses on the subject.
If you have already taken and passed a Saylor Academy course, try submitting your digital transcript, available in your ePortfolio, for review by your school.
You should also look into whether your school has a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) program, by which you may be able to write a narrative/create a learning portfolio, based on what you have learned in one of our courses. Often, a student will have to take a PLA writing class from the school first (for regular tuition), but they are then usually able to bundle courses into one portfolio assessment, thereby reducing the cost per credit earned.
We would be happy to assist in any conversation you have with your school!
On this page users can find the “Verify Certificates” box toward the right of the home screen and input the appropriate code. A page will then display your name, the course name, and the date you passed the exam:
You may wish to provide the verification codes and appropriate hyperlinks directly to your employer or school. For instance, displaying certificates and transcripts on a resume would be difficult, but you could accomplish the same thing by writing:
Computer Skills and Literacy (online course) – verify at http://school.saylor.org (use code 2fGBBepe57)
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Founded in 2001, Creative Commons issued its first set of licenses the following year. These are intended to make it easier for copyright holders to extend specific usage rights to their audience. Six basic licenses are offered:
BY-SA (Attribution – Share Alike)
BY-NC (Attribution – Non-Commercial)
BY-ND (Attribution – No Derivatives)
BY- NC-SA (Attribution – Non-Commercial – Share Alike)
BY-NC-ND (Attribution – Non-Commercial – No Derivatives)
GNU License Suite
GNU is an organization sponsored by the Free Software Foundation; GNU has produced a number of licenses relating to software. Some of our materials make use of the following:
GNU’s General Public License is used for many software packages, as well as other items.
The GNU Free Documentation License is a form of copyleft intended for use on a manual, textbook or other document to assure everyone the effective freedom to copy and redistribute it, with or without modifications, either commercially or non-commercially.
The Design Science License is a form of copyleft intended for use on source data to grant permission to distribute, publish or otherwise present verbatim copies of the entire work, in any medium, provided that full copyright notice and disclaimer of warranty, where applicable, is conspicuously published on all copies, and a copy of the license is distributed along with the work. The DSL license was written by Michael Stutz.
These are materials that can only be reproduced or distributed for academic or teaching purposes. The licensors often intend audience and distribution to be limited to a classroom or a private website.
These are materials that can only be reproduced or distributed for non-commercial purposes, as specified by the copyright holder.
These are materials that the Saylor Academy has received the right to host through the outreach of our Permissions Initiative. However, please note that these materials are protected by copyright and may not be reproduced or distributed in any capacity without explicit permission from the copyright holder.
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We do link to materials that we do not own and do not have permission to modify or host.
More information about Creative Commons and licensing can be found in the Open Licenses section of our Open Course Resource Center.
Although we hold the copyright to our course outlines, we have made them available under a Creative Commons Attribution license (http://www.creativecommons.
For individual materials:
Detailed information about adapting a Saylor course can be found in the Revising and Remixing section of our Open Course Resource Center.