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Arcing—Learning the Logic of the Bible
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Are all of the books and other resources required?
There are no required purchases for the course. The resources page simply provides links to resources referenced throughout the course.
Once you have fully completed the course and received an evaluation, how long will the course remain available for you to return to review and brush up on lessons and materials?
You have indefinite access to the course lessons once enrolled. That is, so long as Biblearc exists, you can come back and review the material.
What is the best way for members of a family to take a class together, if all members want to do the assignments? Should they all simply enroll individually?
Each person needs their own enrollment to be able to receive individual feedback on their assignments.
How do I find instructor feedback?
Instructor feedback is found on the assignment step within the course. You can find this via the Course Outline.
Why can't I take a quiz?
You must be enrolled in the course to utilize the quizzes. You also must be either on or after the quiz step in your course progress.
For the discussion enrollment, what happens during the instructor-led group discussions? Is this via live video, a chatroom, or something else?
The group discussions are hour-long video conference discussions using Google Hangouts. They are recorded and put into the discussion archives. To watch the discussion archives or join a group discussion, click the speech bubbles icon on the top-right of every course page.
Do you have to complete the course in the set number of weeks or is that just a guideline? For example if I signed up for the five week course but took twelve to actually complete it, is that ok?
That is completely fine. The course pace is simply there to serve you to keep on progressing.
Can I reset my progress in the course?
Yes. Go to the settings page and look for this option toward the bottom of the page. (Note: this option is only available when you are behind schedule.)
I would like to restart from the beginning including all assignments. How do I restart the course and have a fresh start?
To reset all your assignments, you would need to unenroll from the course (see the Course settings page) and reenroll. However, understand that doing so will require you pay the enrollment fee once again.

If you would simply like to review old materials (without resetting the assignments), this can always be done by going back to those previous lessons via the Course outline.
I have turned in the first assignment. Can I move on to the next lesson even before I receive feedback on my work?
Yes. Just click the blue “Continue to next part” button at the bottom of the assignment page. (You will be alerted when there is feedback on your assignment.)
How important is it to complete the lessons, assignments, etc. on the scheduled dates?
All dates are just suggestions to help keep you on pace.
Do I have to have a monthly subscription to complete the assignments?
No. All assignment projects (those with the orange Instructions tab) will automatically save all modules, even without The Biblearc Subscription.
How do I turn in my assignments?
With the assignment project open, go to the orange “Instructions” tab. At the bottom of this tab is a button for turning in the assignment.
If I choose to audit, may I later upgrade my enrollment midway through the course?
Of course. If you do so, your spot will be marked back at the beginning of the course and any assignments you have turned in will be returned to you so as to give you a chance to check them before turning them in again for feedback.
I cannot figure out how to turn in the assignments. I don't have a orange tab or a button to submit when I finish the assignment.
You do not have a special assignment project setup, but rather just a normal project. To create an assignment project, go back to the assignment page of the course and follow the directions there for how to create the given assignment.
What does a proficiency badge look like and how do I know when I earn one?
Proficiency badges are visually based on the sign post of the course they are associated with. After your evaluation attempt is reviewed, you will receive an email telling you whether you have passed or failed. For those who pass a course evaluation, the associated proficiency badge will appear on the about square of their published pages feed and on each of their published pages. It will also appear within the main app menu.
I am unable to check that I have completed specific tasks within a lesson. What should I do?
Check that you are at the place you last left off. The “Mark this step done” button will only appear on your current lesson / step.

I can't figure out how to get started.

Get started by enrolling and then stepping through the lessons. If you are using iOS, you will have to enroll via a desktop or laptop before you can begin.
Can I use this course as a basis for a class at church?
Absolutely. Feel free to have all the students audit the course and then supplement whatever you like with your teaching, or simply utilize specific content from lessons that you find useful. However you would like to do it, you are free to use all materials of our courses (with the exception of assignment videos exclusive to Feedback and Discussion enrollments) so long as it is a local class and not offered online.

How do I print the lesson?

This functionality is not yet available.
I've completed assignment 1 and turned it in. Afterwards, I upgraded to Feedback enrollment. Now when I return to the assignment in the Projects menu, it is showing as a normal project (no instructions tab). What do I do?
After you turn in an assignment, that project is made a “normal” project so you can do with it what you like. When you upgrade your enrollment, a new assignment project is created for every one you had already turned in so you can make any changes you like before re-turning them in.
In doing the evaluation my keyboard would quit functioning within the box and would not type everything. Has anyone else had this problem?
There is a character limit for each of the answers (indicated above the text boxes). Once this character limit is reached, you are prevented from typing more.
How are times chosen for one-on-one sessions? How are times chosen for discussion groups?
For one-on-one sessions, you are given a link to the instructor's calendar and in this way are able to pick times suitable for you.

Group discussion are scheduled by the instructors at a variety of times. If you have a group of people who would like to request a specific group discussion time, please contact us with your request.
Working on assignment 2.  It appears paraphrasing is being used and it is mentioned as if paraphrasing has already been completed.  In other words, we are required to paraphrase the passage.  I did not see paraphrasing as a requirement for the class.  Do I need to stop this course and then enroll in paraphrasing?
No, the Paraphrase Course is not a prerequisite. For the Arcing course, writing a paraphrase serves mainly to test and try various conjunctions that express the logical relationship options. Thus the emphasis in the assignments on adding bolded conjunctions in your paraphrase. From there, do your best to express each proposition in your own words.
Does the Bracketing path course have to be taken as a prerequisite to the Arcing course? Or are these two different methods of study?
Neither course has any prerequisites. Conceptually, Arcing and Bracketing are the same Bible study method. The difference between them is the way the concept is visualized. Thus, some students find that they can learn one and naturally pick up the second. Other students take both courses for further reinforcement. Finally, note that the Arcing course goes at a little quicker pace and presses into the topic a bit further than the Bracketing course.
I am trying turn in my assignment.  I made a mistake in not understanding how this works.  Trying to James 1:5-8.  It has been published it because this what it let me do.
It has been turned in and is waiting for Learning Resources feedback.  Did you mean to turn it in as an assignment instead?
Should I base my relationships between clauses based strictly on greek grammar or based on function within the paragraph?

For example - 
Sometimes greek imperatives can function as conditional sentences. One example might be Matt 8:8 ("But only say the word, and my servant will be cured"), the imperative "say" probably functions as a condition (meaning: "if you say the word, then my servant will be cured") - Let's say I'm arcing/bracketing this section, would it be more appropriate to label this as condition (based on function) or action-result (based on grammar)? 

Same question would go with rhetorical questions that are used to make a statement? 


In short, it is appropriate to weigh the function of a clause within the sentence or paragraph. Grammar will certainly point the way, but context must be considered. In the example you use, Conditional would be an appropriate label. Likewise, rhetorical questions are in fact making an assertion and can/should be restated as such for the purposes of arcing.
How do I bring up the Arcing module?
You shouldn't need to create a new Discourse module (used for Arcing and Bracketing) in your assignments since the system has you include one on project creation. The exception is the first assignment, which does not require you to actually build out an arc.

Outside of the course, you can always create a new arc in your own projects by clicking the white + icon next to the module tabs and then selecting “Discourse.”
For the first assignment, what are the 25 verses to consider?
When you create the project from the assignment page in accordance to the steps outlined there, you will find a Notes module in that new project with the 25 verses already queued up there.
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