Whom do I contact for help?
For assistance with technical questions, course login, or questions concerning STEP programming and course content, please:
STEP’s normal operating hours are from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.
Have a question about our online courses?
FAQ Question Directory
How do I register for a course?
Want to learn more about your faith? All of STEP's courses have open enrollment and open admission. All are welcome!
Step 1: Select your course
- Choose course from the course catalog
- Click here for diocesan custom courses
- View the STEP calendar of courses
Step 2: Sign up online via “Register Now”
- Courses fill up; please register one month before
- Follow through registration system pages
- Registration closes Friday before session start date
Step 3: Verify email confirmation
- Sent after registering and confirms your enrollment
- Provides login and password
- Lists any required course texts
Step 4: Login
- Available on course start date.
View our "How to Register for Course" video below:
I am enrolled in a course. How do I access it?
Please watch our one-minute introductory video about logging in. After watching the video, click on the “Course Login” button in the top-right corner of this page. You will need to enter your email address and password; when you arrive at the opening page of the course system please click on your course’s title in the gold bar near the top of the page.
I forgot my registration or course system password. How do I reset it?
To reset your password for the STEP registration system, visit the store home page and click on the figure icon on the top right corner. Select "login." Then enter your user name, leaving the password field blank, and click “Email Temporary Password." You can also select "continue unregistered" and complete the required fields. Being registered allows you to save your information for future registrations.
To reset your password for the course software (Sakai), visit the Password Help page, enter your user ID (usually this is an email address), and click the Send Password button.
What if I have never taken an online course before?
What kind of computer and software do I need?
To participate in a STEP online course, you need a computer (PC or Mac), Internet access, and a browser. Please submit a Problem Report for questions about video content in a course.
For all courses, Notre Dame’s online learning environment supports the use of Internet Explorer (version 8.0 or later), Chrome (v.16.0 or later), Firefox (v.8 or later), and Safari (v.5.1 or later). Course video may require Internet Explorer version 9 or newer, or the latest release of Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.
Can I use a tablet or phone to take a course?
While many mobile devices are compatible with the system, and we at STEP appreciate hearing our students’ experiences with new technologies, we recommend having access to one of the above browsers in addition to any mobile devices you may use.
What is a chat? And when are they scheduled?
Each STEP course offers a facilitator moderated, real-time, text-based discussion with students in the course. Chat times are not set until the course begins. When you login into your course, check the “Calendar” tool for scheduled chat times for the course.
You can meet the requirement a chat session by either (1) joining in the chat at its scheduled time, or (2) reading the posted transcript later in “Forums” and replying. This post should include a response to two questions/topics that were discussed during the chat. After a scheduled chat, your facilitator will post a transcript of the chat as a message in the forums area.
How do I clear my web browser information or cache?
Clearing your browser cache can help with a number of different issues related to the course software and the video player. The following links may help you find instructions specific to the browser that you are using:
What are STEP’s payment, refund, and course cancellation policies?
STEP Payment Policy
Courses: Students who enroll in a STEP course are required to pay for the course prior to the start date of the course. In the event of a late registration, the use of a credit card by the student is required.
STEP Refund Policy
Courses: A full refund will be given to students who, for whatever reason, wish to drop a course before it begins. No refund will be given after a course begins.
STEP Course Cancellation Policy
For a variety of reasons STEP may have to cancel a course. Students enrolled in the cancelled course will receive a refund. They will be encouraged to enroll in the next available session of that course.
When will my course certificate arrive?
If you have met the requirements to qualify for a certificate of completion for your course, a certificate will be mailed to you two weeks after the end of the course session. The end of the session is determined by the end date of the longest running course in that session.
How long will I have access to my course?
Each STEP course will remain available until one year after its end date. After the end date, you will not be able to add new comments. You will be able to review all course materials, resources, and conversations.
What if I am not “computer literate” or not familiar with the Internet?
Many of our course participants identify themselves as having “beginner” or “intermediate” skills with regard to using the Web. Technical support help is provided, and our staff responds promptly to any questions participants have about using the course learning environment. Our courses contain online orientation and Help features to ensure you are adequately prepared to participate in and enjoy this learning experience.
I teach high school theology and have a Master’s degree. Would I still get something out of these courses?
Whether you’ve been away from a classroom for 40 years or four months, we are convinced that you will benefit from the course material and the opportunity for discussion and shared inquiry with other adult learners. Course participant education levels range from high school to postgraduate degrees. The only prerequisite for our courses is a desire to learn and share with other adult Catholics interested in faith seeking understanding.
Can I get academic credit for these courses?
Our courses are not for academic credit; rather they seek to serve the continuing education needs of pastoral ministers and adult Catholics. Participants who complete course requirements receive a Certificate of Completion. Some of STEP’s affiliated dioceses use our courses as part of their formal ministry formation or continuing education programs. Some course participants have been able to use our courses to satisfy requirements for diaconate continuing education or degree programs through other institutions. Certificates of Completion issued to those completing a STEP course note the number of “contact hours” associated with the course.
What books do I have to buy?
Most course readings are provided online, although some courses require the purchase of a text. Check for the details of a specific course and its description in our complete course catalog.
Are credit card transactions on STEP’s website secure?
Yes, STEP uses the TouchNet Payment Gateway to process all transactions securely. The page where you enter your credit card information is a secure order form provided by TouchNet that uses SSL (secure socket layer) encryption.