Frequently Asked Questions

General

Account Management

Course Components and Functionality

Troubleshooting

Terms of Use

General


Who can use Invest in What’s Next?
Invest in What’s Next: Life After High School is intended to guide high school students in their decision-making process about education after high school. The course is designed so that students can drive their progress, and teachers or facilitators can tailor their own level of involvement. Guidance counselors and mentors can also use the course as a resource for planning sessions with students. We also encourage families to try out Invest in What’s Next. Students must be at least 13 years of age to register. The site is open and free to the public.

For what grade level is Invest in What’s Next appropriate?
The course is designed for high school students, grades 9-12. However, 8th grade students may benefit from this course by coordinating their high school plan with the long-term future plan they create here.

How long does each lesson take to complete?
Each lesson takes about 45 to 60 minutes of continuous sit-down time. There are also suggested homework assignments at the end of lessons 1 and 2 that will take additional time to complete.

When will Lesson 3 be available?
We expect Lesson 3 to go live by early 2018, along with a My Plan Builder tool that allows students to build multiple post-high school plans for comparison. We will post any changes to that timeline here.

What concepts and standards does Invest in What’s Next cover?
Lessons 1 and 2 are correlated with the following national standards from the Council for Economic Education (CEE):

CEE Voluntary National Content Standards in Economics

  • Standard 1: Scarcity
  • Standard 2: Decision Making
  • Standard 4: Incentives
  • Standard 13: Income
  • Standard 19: Unemployment and Inflation

CEE National Standards for Financial Literacy

  • Standard 1: Earning Income
  • Standard 2: Buying Goods and Services
  • Standard 3: Saving
  • Standard 4: Using Credit

Lesson 3 will reinforce concepts included in these standards as students test their post-high school plan against real life scenarios. Throughout the course, students also interact with charts and data in a variety of formats and develop research skills as they explore their options.

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Account Management


Why do I need to register?
Registering allows you to save your personalized selections and to track your progress as you complete each lesson. It also allows us to send occasional broad email communication, such as site updates and reminders. It is free to register and only requires your first name, e-mail address, and your school/organization name and zip code. Click here to register now. For more information on our privacy policy, please review our Terms and Conditions.

As a teacher, can I register my entire class?
We certainly hope your entire class will register! The site is designed so that each student sets up and maintains an individual user account. Registration will only take a few minutes for your students to complete.

How do I change my account information?
Once you’re signed into the course, click on your name in the upper right portion of the site banner. Then, you can update the information you provided during registration, including your password.

What if I forget my username or password?
On the course homepage, click on the “Forgot Username or Password?” link. Then, follow the prompts. An email will be sent to you with your username or a temporary password to access your account.

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Course Components and Functionality


Does the website work on touch devices?
This website works on touch devices, but the site isn’t completely optimized for them. For the best touch experience, we recommend using a tablet device. For the best overall experience, we recommend using a computer with a mouse.

What is on my Dashboard?
The Dashboard is your launching point for the course after you sign in. It charts your progress, tracks your Knowledge Check scores, stores links to your resources, and provides access to your research and plans.

As a teacher, how can I track my students’ progress?
Your students’ dashboards contain print-ready summaries of their Knowledge Check scores and their research. We are also working to integrate the course into an instructor management system so that you can assign and track pre- and post-tests for each lesson. Stay tuned for more information.

What is the “Keeping It Real” tab about?
The “Keeping It Real” tab points out simplifications or assumptions that have been made for the interactions in the course. This tab is important for understanding how the interaction relates to the real world, so that you can create a more accurate, personalized plan outside of the course.

If I have questions during the lesson, where can I get more information?
Most pages include a “Resources” tab and an Info button. The Resources tab provides links to additional information tied to the content on the page. The Info button provides data sources or information about functionality.

There is a lot of data involved in the course. Where can I find more information about the sources?
Most of the data are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook and Consumer Expenditure Survey, as well as the National Center for Education Statistics. The Info button located in the upper right-hand corner of each interaction contains data source information. The Technical Notes page contains additional details about how the data are used.

How often is the course updated?
The course data is updated at least every 2 years to align with the timing of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ update of its Occupational Outlook Handbook.

How do data updates affect my selections?
In most cases, a data update will be seamless for your user experience. However, in some cases a data update may conflict with your previous selections. For example, the education requirement for a job you are interested may change from one data update to the next. In that case, you will have the opportunity to change your selections depending on your progress in the course.

Can I make changes after I have clicked “Submit” on an interaction or once I finish a lesson?
You can change your selections as many times as you would like while you are on a particular page, even after you click “Submit.” However, once you click “Next” to proceed to the next page you may be prompted to confirm your choices. Once you confirm your choices, your selections will be locked so that your data can be pulled into future interactions.

How do I save my progress if I don’t finish a lesson?
If you wish to continue the lesson at a later time, it’s best to sign out after you complete an interaction. Pressing “Submit” or “Finished Exploring” automatically saves your selections and your progress. When you sign back in, your Dashboard will indicate your progress and allow you to navigate to your last interaction where you can begin again.

Do I have to complete the lessons in order?
Yes. You cannot complete Lesson 2 or Lesson 3 without finishing the previous lesson(s) because the content builds on what has already been completed. If you only want to complete one lesson, Lesson 1 covers a number of concepts as a stand-alone lesson. These include spending, saving, income, taxes, human capital, and unemployment. You’ll also interact with charts and data in a variety of formats and develop research skills as you explore your options for life after high school.

Why can’t I move on to Lesson 3?
Lesson 3 is not yet available because it is under development.

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Troubleshooting


What if I encounter a problem during the course, like an error or my selections aren’t being saved correctly?
First, try clicking the “Dashboard” link on the upper-left side of the page. If that does not work, try signing out and back in. If you are still unable to advance in the course, click on the Contact Us link to submit the issue, so our team can try to fix the problem. Please provide as much information about the issue as possible.

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Terms of Use


What are the terms and conditions for the using the website?
Please review our Terms and Conditions for the site disclaimer and our privacy policy. In order to use the site, you must agree to these terms and conditions when you register.

How do I reference the course?
Please refer to the course as Invest in What’s Next: Life After High School from the Federal Reserve Banks of Richmond and San Francisco. Please use the following citation for the website: "Federal Reserve Banks of Richmond and San Francisco, Invest in What’s Next: Life After High School, [date accessed] [http://www.investinwhatsnext.org]."

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