Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if Think with Heart courses are for me?

Are you interested in learning how to strengthen your relationships with your friends and family members? Do you see value in discovering new things about yourself? Are you inspired to become more resilient? Do you want to learn skills for enhancing your well-being and overall happiness? Are you interested in topics such as empathy, mindfulness and compassion? Do you enjoy reflective writing? If you are answering “yes” to any of these questions, Think with Heart courses are a good fit for you!

Am I permitted to take Think with Heart courses?

Girls who attend Think with Heart partner schools are eligible to take courses. If your school would like to partner with Think with Heart, please contact Mary Ellis at mellis@thinkwithheart.org.

Will I be in a "class" with other students?

Yes, you will be progressing through the course with classmates, and you will find that you learn a great deal from each other. It is the diverse perspectives within each class that make the Think with Heart courses intellectually engaging, meaningful, and unique.

Typically, weekly assignments include the following: watching at least one brief video, reading class notes that your Learning Coach has compiled, reading a brief article or two, and responding to discussion questions. Although you have flexibility to complete assignments when it suits your schedule, there are due dates each week for posting your reflections to discussion questions. The course discussions are an integral part of the learning experience, so it is very important to stay on track with your assignments. 

What do I need, in terms of technology, to take Think with Heart courses?

You will need:

  • Access to a reliable computer with internet access (and a browser that will play several common multimedia - video and audio – formats) and speakers so you can hear video.
  • Microsoft Office or something similar (you will need PowerPoint and Word or a similar product).
  • Virus protection software running on your computer.
  • A printer (optional), if you like to read from paper vs. your screen.

How much time should I plan to spend on the courses?

The foundation courses are 10 weeks long (please visit the Courses and Workshops tab for more information on the courses), and the weekly time commitment ranges from 1 to 3 hours per week. There are typically two assignments due each week.

What will help me succeed in Think with Heart courses?

Online courses require self-discipline. Since the course doesn’t “meet” at a specific time, it is up to you to create the time and space to engage with the course material and your classmates. Here are a few tips that may help:

  • Keep yourself on track and on time. Keep a record of what my assignments are and when they are due.           
  • Consider creating a routine or schedule for yourself for completing the assignments. Plan your work in advance.
  • Be willing to ask questions if you feel confused about a concept or an assignment. You can post questions in the Help Forum or email one of your course facilitators.

Who can help me if I have computer problems? 

Think with Heart uses Moodle as its online learning platform. If there is an outage with Moodle, you will likely be notified via email. Typically, outages do not last very long. If you, specifically, are having difficulty with Moodle, please send an email to mellis@thinkwithheart.org with a description of the difficulty you are encountering. If you are having general computer problems, please contact the Technology Coordinator at your school.

Will the online discussions be uncomfortable if I don’t know my classmates?

In order to engage in Think with Heart courses, you’ll need to be willing to post responses/reflections in the online discussion forum, even if you don’t know everyone in your section. But, we find that classmates who don’t know each other well have great discussions! While it is fun to share classes with our close friends, it also adds interest to have groups who start out not knowing each other well. We think you will enjoy getting to know your classmates better throughout the course. And we will enjoy getting to know you!

What differentiates an online learning experience from face-to-face?

While there are several differences from face-to-face learning (the main one being online learners do not meet in a classroom), an advantage of online learning in a class like this one is that there is built-in time and space for reflection. You will have flexibility and time to process and integrate new knowledge, reflect on it, and express your point of view in a written forum-based dialogue. As referenced above, self-pacing and planning is especially important in an online course.

How do I sign up for Think with Heart courses?

Before you sign up for a course, please read through the material in the Courses & Workshops tab to learn more about the courses and how to enroll. A brief application is required to enroll in Think with Heart courses. You can access the application by clicking here or going to the Courses & Workshops tab.

How much do the courses cost?

Think with Heart is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and generous philanthropic support enables Think with Heart to design and provide courses to high school girls at no cost to them.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact Mary Ellis at mellis@thinkwithheart.org.

Last modified: Thursday, November 2, 2017, 4:27 PM