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Fequently Asked Questions



How can a family benefit from your program?

The Globe in a Nutshell program is designed to give individuals and families easy to understand directions and guidance to learning the complex topic of World Geography. We highly recommend that you watch our E-Presentation on the importance of learning World Geography and the features and benefits of The Globe in a Nutshell. This E-Presentation has no audio. Simply read and click to the next screen. Here is the link E-Presentation.

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Are all materials provided with the course fees?

In addition to course materials provided by course fees, you will need:

  • A binder
  • 12 tab index set for the binder
  • A globe
  • Coloring pencils
  • World Atlas *

* If you already have an atlas, that is great. If not, we recommend purchasing the atlas titled 'Discovering Maps' by Hammond copyright 2008 for the program. Actual reference from the program to this particular atlas is about 1%. Here is a link to view the cover of the atlas Discovering Maps' by Hammond copyright 2008.

Otherwise, all other materials are provided in your back office with The Globe in a Nutshell once you register.

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I don't have an account with PayPal. Do I need to set an account up with PayPal?

No, it is not necessary to set up an account with PayPal. PayPal gives you the option of setting up an account with them or paying by Credit Card. Simply look for the 'Continue' link by the Credit Card logos to pay directly using your Credit Card.

Even though, you are not required to set up an account with them, you will notice that they strongly promote this option. Even after you have entered your Credit Card information, PayPal may ask if you want to pay using a PayPal account. Simply click on the option, Continue to pay as a guest and do not use my PayPal account. PayPal changes the look of their Payment web page quite frequently, therefore it is difficult to give instructions on how to pay by Credit Card and our explanations above might not be clear. So, a good starting place is just knowing that you do not need to set up and pay with a PayPal account.

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Would we need to pay for each child to register?

You do not need to pay for each child. We highly encourage that all members of the family participate in The Globe in a Nutshell program. You will use the same user name and password and we recommend that a Travel Diary be printed for each participating member of the family. It is important that all family members agree when to end an Expedition. For example, if one member of the family has completed Expedition 1, then that person must wait until everyone has completed Expedition 1 before logging out of Expedition 1 and moving to Expedition 2.

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What is the difficulty level of the program?

The program is designed for ages 8 to 108. For children between the ages 8 to 10, we recommend an adult be present to help them through the program and ensure they complete the exercises. The exercises are very easy and straight forward.

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What learning outcomes can we expect from each course?

To paint a picture on learning outcomes, we will use the example of 'Dhaka'. Once a member has completed both the course on 'The World and Its Physical Geography' (our preliminary course) and 'Asia' (one of our Regional Interest Courses), they would not only know where Dhaka is, they would also know that Dhaka is the capital of Bangladesh, a country surrounded on three sides by India, at the foothills of the Himalayas with two major rivers flowing through it, the Ganges River and Brahmaputra River, which both empty into the Bay of Bengal.

This is just one example of what we mean by carrying a 'mental map' of the World. With a strong foundation in World Geography, learning History, Politics, Economics, and so on will be even more rewarding. Which leaves us at The Globe in a Nutshell with the question: How does someone learn History without knowing their Geography?

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Once the registration fee is paid, how long do we have access to the course?

Our preliminary course, 'The World and Its Physical Geography', has four Expeditions. Each Expedition has a grace period of 4 weeks, but actual time to complete an Expedition is approximately 5 hours of online work and hands-on homework. Once the exercises have been completed in the Expedition, there is memorization work and quizzes to check progress. The length of time for memorization will depend on the individual. For memorization, we estimate generally between 1 to 2 hours of 15 minute segments or another way to look at it is 4 to 8 segments of 15 minutes of memorization work. So, total time for one Expedition will be approximately 5 to 10 hours and is, however, as mentioned available for 4 weeks.

Between Expeditions the time is unlimited. For example, once you have completed Expedition 1, your family can take as much time as is needed (a week, a month, a year) before beginning Expedition 2. Once you begin Expedition 2, you will have 4 weeks to complete it.

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I hear about E-Learning, but am personally not familiar with it, so how can I possibly guide my children?

E-Learning programs are becoming very popular. Here are some reasons why:

  • higher retention and faster learning
  • self-paced learning
  • less intimidating than classroom courses
  • anywhere, anytime scheduling
  • significant cost savings

With The Globe in a Nutshell E-Learning program, you and your family can learn at your own pace and in the comfort of your own environment. Using a computer, you work through the modules using the many features of E-Learning such as:

  • built-in links to supporting information and documents
  • engaging graphics
  • interactive learning activities

Try our E-Presentation. It is a sample of E-Learning. This E-Presentation has no audio. Simply read and click to the next screen. Here is the link Explore the World! Also, to know if your computer is compatible for The Globe in a Nutshell E-Learning program, we recommend you visit our E-Learning web page. Here is the link E-Learning web page. Once you have registered with the preliminary course, 'The World and Its Physical Geography', you and your family will be guided every step of the journey.

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Is it necessary to begin with the preliminary course?

Yes. The program is designed to best support individuals and families through the complex topic of World Geography. Our preliminary course, The World and Its Physical Geography, is designed as a step by step launching point into The Globe in a Nutshell program. People can be surprised by what they don't know. Once the preliminary course has been completed, the members can choose any Regional Interest Course such as Canada, United States, Europe, and so on. The Regional Interest Courses build independently on the preliminary course.

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How do we obtain the lessons?

The E-Learning Courses are created for web access by logging in through The Globe in a Nutshell website. Within 48 hours of registering with The Globe in a Nutshell's preliminary course, 'The World and Its Physical Geography', you will receive an email titled, 'Welcome to The Globe in a Nutshell E-Learning Portal' which will provide the following information:

  • Your User Name and Password to login to your Member Page from The Globe in a Nutshell website.

  • Travel Code (similar to a passport) to begin your journey with the preliminary course, 'The World and Its Physical Features'.

  • Referral Code to share with family, friends and associates, so that they can save money when joining The Globe in a Nutshell. And, for you to earn FREE Regional Interest Courses (i.e. Canada, United States, Central America and West Indies, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and Oceania) with our Referral Program.

After entering your User Name and Password, you will be directed to a web page called My Member Page. From here, click on the tab called My Travel Diary to obtain course material. Next, click on the tab called My Courses and when you are ready to begin the course, enter your Travel Code.

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Is there direct contact with instructors, if we have questions with course content?

There are no instructors or assessment processes. These are General Interest Courses with an informal approach which breaks down a complex topic of World Geography into smaller steps. The material is very easy, but for young children it may require an adult to ensure they complete the required steps of the courses. Answers to questions rising from our course content can be found in an Atlas, on a globe or from the Internet. These courses are ideal for a family environment as it gives parents direction on how to teach their children World Geography. Many parents learn at the same time, but their children do not need to know this.

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Do students often manage to do this course while attending school or do many complete the course over a summer?

We do not monitor how members manage their schedule. We imagine they have very different lifestyles. Each course has four Expeditions. Each Expedition has a grace period of 4 weeks, but actual time to complete an Expedition is approximately 5 hours of online work and hands-on homework. Between Expeditions the time is unlimited. Most members probably study evenings and weekends and then take a break to absorb the given material before they begin the next Expedition. Each Expedition builds on the prior Expedition for each course. The learning process is very flexible.

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Are there assessments throughout the course to see what and how the student is learning?

In our program we offer plenty of exercises, activities, points of interest and quizzes. The questions on the quizzes derive from the course content and assigned exercises. The purpose of these quizzes is to help members keep current with the course content and to allow them to assess their knowledge of several concepts being presented in the course. We present the quizzes in sets of 10 or 20 questions. The questions are generated from a pool and often include images as well as text. Members are highly encouraged to review course content and play with the quizzes as often as they wish.

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Is the price for the whole program of the nine courses or is it a yearly registration?

There are no yearly registration fees. Once you register with the preliminary course, 'The World and Its Physical Geography', you become a lifetime member with The Globe in a Nutshell. The other courses can be purchased at a discount rate, but we prefer that they be earned FREE with our Referral Program. Here is the link to learn more about our Discount Program and Referral Program, Referral Program and Discount Program.

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