Below you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions about ASSET.

How do I get more information about ASSET?

Thank you for your interest in the Appalachian Support for Specialized Education Training (ASSET) program. To receive more information about ASSET, simply complete the form at the bottom of the ASSET homepage. Once you submit the form you should receive a reply by email within the hour.

If you would like more information, or have questions, please feel free to call a learning coach at 540-831-7140 or email us at impactasset@radford.edu. We are happy to assist you!

I'm interested in ASSET. How do I sign up?

To register for the ASSET program, you will need to complete the IMPACT online application.  The form takes approximately 5 minutes to complete. You should receive an immediate response letting you know your application has been submitted. 

You will be contacted within a few days by email to let you know when you can access the learning management system and begin your professional development with ASSET.

If you would like more information, or have questions, please feel free to call a learning coach at 540-831-7140 or email us at impactasset@radford.edu. 

What materials will I need to participate in ASSET?

The only necessary item for participation in ASSET is the availability of a PC, laptop or tablet with internet access.  All other materials are included in D2L, our online learning management system. 

What happens after I sign up? What if I haven’t received a response yet?

You will be sent a welcome email within a few weeks of submitting the IMPACT online application.

Your welcome email will contain specific instructions on how to access and gain the most from your professional development. This email will also provide contact information for the ASSET Team who will be working with you every step of the way to ensure your success within the ASSET program.

If you did not receive the welcome email with your unique information, contact us by email at impactasset@radford.edu or at 540-831-7140 and we will be happy to help you.

How do I activate my Radford University account?

You may use this link to access a graphic instruction guide to claim/activate your account. If you have any difficulty, or do not have your username, please contact us by email at impactasset@radford.edu or call 540-831-7140 so we can troubleshoot and resolve the issue as quickly as possible. If you would like a learning coach to assist you with activating your account, please call 540-831-7140.

Do I need to earn a certain score for this to count towards my professional development hours?

You will take a summative assessment at the end of the micro-credential. You need to score at least 80% on the assessment to earn the Award of Completion which notes your professional development hours earned. You have three attempts on this assessment to meet the minimum requirement.

What if I don't score at least 80% on the summative assessment?

The self-paced format of ASSET micro-credentials allows you to go back and review videos and/or other segments of the content to prepare for the summative assessment. Notes pages and a glossary are also included to assist you.

If a learner has difficulty meeting the required 80% on the summative, a learning coach will gladly assist him or her to prepare for another attempt.

How many professional development points will I earn?

Person sitting at personal laptop appearing to work on professional development

Each micro-credential is expected to take approximately ten hours to complete. 

At the end of each micro-credential you will take a summative assessment.  
If you score at least 80% on the summative assessment, and complete the 
survey at the end of the micro-credential, you will earn an Award of Completion with your name, micro-credential, and a notation of the five or ten PD hours earned.

And, you can earn 1 graduate credit for the successful completion of any five micro-credentials.

If you have concerns about the ability to apply ASSET's professional development
towards your license renewal, please contact a learning coach at impactasset@radford.edu or check with your state department of education.



How do I know if I live in Appalachia? 

ASSET uses the following map from the Appalachian Regional Commission as the guide to determine which counties are in Appalachia. If you still aren't sure, you may view the complete list of counties in Appalachia

Map of Appalachia from Appalachian Regional Commission


The ASSET program is funded through the U.S. Department of Education Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) grant program (Award #: U423A170051).