What is a credit?
Saturn uses a formula to calculate how many average hours of student effort that a lesson or course requires. Of course this differs with different students but the calculation is a good average.
The easiest way to understand the convoluted world of educational credit is to explore some definitions.
- One effort hour: 60 minutes or student effort.
- One contact hour: 60 minutes of contact with an instructor.
- One college credit: 15 contact hours in a classroom with an instructor and 30 hours of homework or individual study, totalling 45 effort hours.
- Continuing education unit (CEU): Either 1 effort hour (more common) or 10 effort hours (less common).
- Professional and continuing education (PCE): specific professional education. One PCE often means one CEU.
- Accreditation agency: an organization that evaluates education for its effectiveness including the student time spent on lessons and other activities.
We at Saturn can justify our curricula's calculated effort hours to any accreditation agency.