University of Atlantia

Frequently Asked Questions

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Online Universities

What is an online University of Atlantia?
Do I have to be in / from Atlantia or an SCA member to attend?
Do I have to sign up for classes?
I didn't pre-register for an online university. Can I still attend University?
Do I need to be in garb?
If I don't have a class, is there a place I can hang out with people?
If I have a problem, can someone help me?
My password doesn't work for Zoom. What happened?
A class I want to take has a fee for a kit. To whom do I pay it and when?
I'd like to teach at an online university but am not very tech savvy. Is this possible?
I'd like a handout for a class I can't attend. How can I get one?
I'd like to help TA a class. How do I do that?
Is there anything I can do to volunteer / help out at online universities?
How can I make sure I get University of Atlantia credits for the classes I take?
How do I mark myself and/or my students attended?

Onsite Universities

I didn't pre-register for an in-person university. Can I still attend University?
A class I want to take has a fee. To whom do I pay it and when?
I'd like a handout for a class I can't attend. How can I get one?

All Universities

How do I pre-register for classes?
Why did I get an email for a class I'm not registered for?
How can I contact my instructor(s) for my class(es)?
I'd like to teach a class. What do I need to do to get it into the course catalog?
How do I get University credit for our local collegium, a targeted Symposium, or an official local event we are hosting?
Why do you track classes?
How do I earn a degree?
I'm pretty sure I should have earned a degree by now. Why haven't I received one?

Answers

Online Universities

What is an online University of Atlantia?

The University of Atlantia (https://university.atlantia.sca.org/) regularly meets in-person three times a year in a traditional SCA event setting  as a day of classes. Since we are unable to meet in person at this time, we’re continuing offering a full day of classes online. We hope this provides a “University of Atlantia” feel from your own home for a fun and educational day of classes.

Due to popular demand, we're trying a pilot program for our Fall 2021 session with classes on both Saturday and Sunday, 9/18 and 9/19.  The catalog lists each day independently, so be sure to check out the offerings on both days!

Do I have to be in / from Atlantia or an SCA member to attend?

No. Everyone is welcome to attend, but we do ask that they complete the registration process to do so. Please remember all class times are Eastern Daylight Time.

 

Do I have to sign up for classes?

Yes. To ensure security and minimize interruptions, we are only sending the links for classes to the registered students of a class.

So yes, you must pre-register before the registration deadline. Once registration is open for a session, the registration deadline will be listed on the front page of the university site at https://university.atlantia.sca.org.

To check on your registration, you can log in to https://university.atlantia.sca.org with your account or send an email to registrar@atlantia.sca.org.

 

I didn't pre-register for an online university. Can I still attend University?

Registration is required to attend a virtual University. Registration closes the end of the day the Wednesday before each session.

Do I need to be in garb?

Dressing in garb is one of the required aspects of regular in-person SCA events. We are asking everyone to make an attempt at garb as you would at any other SCA event in order to support the look and feel of a traditional University of Atlantia event. This is especially true if you plan to attend on camera. Please make your best attempt to share an image that helps us support an SCA environment.

 

If I don't have a class, is there a place I can hang out with people?

Yes! Please join our all day lobby on Zoom. We will post the link to it in the near future!

Please remember courtesy and patience. Online University is growing and there will be some unexpected issues that must be worked out the day of the event.

The common meeting space is intended to allow people to hang out and maybe meet up with people that are interested in the same thing. If you want to have an in depth conversation, or perhaps a follow up discussion from a class, we can set up a breakout room for targeted group chats. Just ask the University Staff member host of the lobby. 

Court and convocation will NOT be happening in the common meeting space. We will post the link to a YouTube video where Court and Convocation will be shown. So feel free to watch court and stay in the common room at the same time. 

Moderators / TAs have the right to Mute or remove anyone not adhering to rule #1.

 

If I have a problem, can someone help me?

Yes. If you have questions about a class you want to take or have registered for, please contact registrar@atlantia.sca.org.

If you are having technical issues or are having trouble getting in to your online class, go to the virtual lobby and request tech support.

My password doesn't work for Zoom. What happened?

You must use your password when the class opens, not before. The password is not valid if you try to sign into class early. You may also need a new password, which will make you late to class.

A class I want to take has a fee for a kit. To whom do I pay it and when?

If a class has a kit that you wish to purchase, it is your responsibility to reach out to the class instructor to arrange for payment and delivery of the kit.

You can contact your instructor:

  1. go to your class list ("Classes I'm Taking" on the website sidebar)
  2. click on the class name to view its info
  3. click on "Email Instructor" near the bottom of the page.
I'd like to teach at an online university but am not very tech savvy. Is this possible? Thank you for your interest in teaching at university! We'd love to help. You can contact onlinelearning@atlantia.sca.org. Also, see our online learning page. We also offer a limited number of University-assisted Google Meet & Zoom rooms each session. I'd like a handout for a class I can't attend. How can I get one? To request a handout for a class for which you are not registered, please send an email to university@atlantia.sca.org with a request for us to have the instructor send you a handout. I'd like to help TA a class. How do I do that? Thank you for offering to help TA a class at university. Please send an email to university-ta@atlantia.sca.org at least a week prior to the event. Is there anything I can do to volunteer / help out at online universities? Thank you for wanting to help with our online university. We use volunteers as teaching assistants, tech support, and lobby staff. Please email university@atlantia.sca.org to volunteer. How can I make sure I get University of Atlantia credits for the classes I take?

To make attendance easy, we have a feature that lets students self-report their attendance. 

Here is how:

  1. Log into http://university.atlantia.sca.org. Once you are logged in...
  2. Select the "Mark Online Classes Attended" link in the left-hand menu.
  3. Click the button that says “I Attended this Class” for each class you attended on Saturday and...Voila! Attendance taken!
  4. You can also select the button for "I ended up not taking this class" to remove it from your list and keep yourself from receiving future emails about the class from the instructor.

NOTE: If one of your classes is not on this list, it's probably because your instructor already marked you as present. You can check the "My Transcript" link to see if this is the case. If you don’t see your class in either area, send an email to registrar@atlantia.sca.org with your name and the class missing from your transcript. 

 

How do I mark myself and/or my students attended?

For anyone who prefers an instructional video: https://youtu.be/_LHXvFRxRM4

Instructors:

1. Login and select "Classes I'm Teaching" to see the list of the classes you were an instructor for.

2. Click on the title of the class you taught, and then on the small red "Edit Class" link at the top of the page.

3. From here you can click the check box by your name and the name of any students you know attended the class who haven't already marked themselves attended.

4. Finally, click the button "Mark Checked Teacher & Students Attended"

 

Options for tracking your student attendees:

1) If you are using your own Zoom account, you can pull your attendee list directly out of Zoom to help you take attendance. The feature is buried so here is how to find it.

  1. Log in to Zoom via the website at https://zoom.us as these steps don't work in the application on your computer or device.)
  2. Select Account Management on the left hand side menu.
  3. Select Reports
  4. Select Active Hosts
  5. Click on the number in the ‘Participants’ column (This will give you a complete list of attendees BY THE NAME THEY ARE LOGGED IN WITH which may not match the SCA name displayed on the roster visible to teachers.)
  6. To download a spreadsheet, click on the Export button.
  7. Match this list against the roster of your class in this University system to help you take role. 

2) Ask students at the beginning of class to enter the SCA name associated with their University account into the chat box. Copy and paste the chat log into a new document to save for use after class.



Onsite Universities

I didn't pre-register for an in-person university. Can I still attend University?

Absolutely! Come to the registration table to sign up for classes that day.

A class I want to take has a fee. To whom do I pay it and when? All fees for class materials and/or handouts are paid to the instructor of the class at the time of the class. For in-person universities, give them the money at the time of the class. Please send no money to the Registrar. She'll just return it to you. I'd like a handout for a class I can't attend. How can I get one? If you are able to attend the University session where the class is being taught, drop by and ask the instructor if there's an extra you can take. If there isn't, most instructors are happy to get another copy made for you.
If you will not be at the session, ask the Chancellor to put you in touch with the instructor.

All Universities

How do I pre-register for classes?

Use one of the pre-registration methods described on the registration page.

If the university session is online, your schedule will be emailed to you after registraton closes. If the session is in person, you can pick up your class schedule at the registration table.

Why did I get an email for a class I'm not registered for?

The system is currently set up to send class emails to anyone who is registered for, on the waiting list for, and who has starred the class as a favorite. Receiving an email sent to the entire class is not a notification of being moved from the Waiting List to the Registered list. That will be a separate notification from the system. If you don’t wish to receive emails for a class you favorited, go to the Classes I’m Taking link, scroll down to the Classes I’m Interested In section below your list of registered classes, and simply click the Remove From Watchlist button.

How can I contact my instructor(s) for my class(es)?
  1. Log into the University of Atlantia website .
  2. Click on the “Classes I'm Taking" link in the top part of the left side menu. This page has links to all the classes you're teaching / taking.
  3. Use the "Email Teachers" link to the right of the class you want to contact to write and send your email. Or, you can click on the link to the class and use the "Send Email" link there.

NOTE: All email sent from the University website lists "...@atlantia.sca.org" as the from address. Be sure to include your email address in the body of the email if you want people to be able to reply to you.

 

I'd like to teach a class. What do I need to do to get it into the course catalog? Visit the How to Teach page to find out how you can teach a class at upcoming universities. How do I get University credit for our local collegium, a targeted Symposium, or an official local event we are hosting?

Students can get University credit for classes taken at a Collegium, Symposium or another official non-University event (as defined by Kingdom law). The event organizer just needs to contact the Chancellor in advance for permission. Then whoever is organizing classes needs to collect rosters for each class with the modern and SCA names of students and instructors present as well as the title, scheduled start time and length of the class in whole hour increments. After the event those rosters can be mailed to the Registrar and she will enter the data so credit is given. We have a roster template if you wish to use it. Please note that credits will only be granted to students. Instructor credits are specifically reserved for teaching at an University. These credits affect the University degree system. In order to ensure that the participants receive timely degree awards, the rosters must be received within 60 days of the event date. If the rosters are not received within 60 days, University credit allowance will be revoked. Thank you for your understanding.

Why do you track classes?

The University of Atlantia grants degrees based on hours of classes taken or taught, so we track them within Atlantia. Certainly credits can be earned by any visitors to our sessions, in any classes offered Atlantia University credit at other events such as War of the Wings, or by anyone who has taken classes at a Known World Symposium offered within Atlantia’s borders. Those credits can also be applied towards Atlantia University degrees.

We still record student progress for non SCA members and SCA members from outside Atlantia. We use it to track interest in particular classes, help plan for future sessions, and inform reports for SCA Inc.

 

How do I earn a degree?

As defined in the University Charter, there are four degrees given out by the University of Atlantia. Degrees presented by the University of Atlantia are not awards of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA, Inc.) or any of its branches and do not convey SCA precedence. We are therefore pleased to be able to offer degrees to qualifying students and faculty across the Knowne World.

A Bachelor's Degree is awarded after a student has completed twenty-six hours of classes.

A Fellowship in the University of Atlantia is awarded to those who have taught classes at three University sessions.

A Masters Degree is awarded to those who have earned their Bachelor's degree, are also Fellows of the University, have completed ten additional hours of classes as a student, and taught at two additional University Sessions.

Honorary Doctorates are awarded by the Chancellor at his or her discretion.

Previous Degree Requirements:

University session 43 (November 1997) was the last University session to confer Bachelors Degrees using previous requirements.

University session 48 (December 1999) was the last University session to confer Trivium/Quadrivium using previous requirements.

University session 81 (March 2012) was the last University session to confer Masters Degrees using the following previous requirements:

A Masters Degree is awarded to those who have earned their Bachelor's and are also Fellows of the University (someone who has completed twenty-six hours of classes as a student and taught classes at three universities.)

I'm pretty sure I should have earned a degree by now. Why haven't I received one? If you believe you should have earned a degree as stated by the requirements above, check your Transcript to see which classes you were listed as attending. If the transcript is incorrect, contact the registrar.
Please note that if you have changed your mundane or SCA names since the first university you attended, your records may be filed under two separate names unless you've informed the registrar. The University database is independent from all other SCA membership records.
Class attendance is recorded by the roster sheets turned in by the instructor after the class. For in-person classes, make certain that if you have attended at least 75% of a class that you have legibly signed the roster in order to receive credit. For virtual classes, check the go to the Mark Virtual Classes Attended page to indicate you took classes, if the teacher didn't mark you attended.