What is a credit?

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 sometimes means one CEU.
  • Accreditation agency: 

We at Saturn can justify our calculated effort hours to any of the many accreditation agencies.