Delectare Online

FAQs

  • How does Delectare work?
    After a one-time download of the included Zoom desktop and/or mobile app, your student will be able to access their group(s) through a private link provided to participating families.
  • How much does it cost?
    We charge by family, not by student. Our Famous Men groups are half-year only, so if you are registering any number of students for only half-year Famous Men group(s) the cost will be $25 for your family for the Fall 2017 semester. If you are registering any number of students for any combination of Literature and/or Classical Studies groups (either alone or in addition to the Famous Men groups) the cost will be $50 for your family for the 2017-2018 school year.
  • Who profits from Delectare's registration fees?

    The participating families! We are run entirely by volunteers; registration fees are a cost-share that fund the technology needed to run the program.

  • How long are Delectare meetings?
    Literature and Upper Level Classical Studies groups meet once a week for about 45 minutes. Famous Men groups meet once a week for 60 minutes.
  • Does Delectare give assignments or grades?
    No. Delectare is for discussion/enrichment only and does not take the place of home-teaching or the Online Academy.
  • How will I know what my student should read before each meeting?
    Digital lesson plans that integrate Delectare prep with Memoria Press's weekly assignments will be available for purchase from MP. More information on how to purchase them will be available this summer.
  • We only use one or two courses from Memoria Press. Can we still join Delectare?
    Yes! Our groups are open to any student who is learning the Memoria Press material being discussed by that group.
  • What happens during a Delectare meeting?
    We use a variety of methods, including Socratic dialogue, art study, and memory games to engage students in discussions and foster their delight in the True, the Good and the Beautiful. While Moderators do not teach the material, they may offer additional information to students when needed to further their discussions.
  • Can I see a recorded meeting?
    Because our meetings include video, we do not allow them to be recorded. This is for your child/children's safety. If you would like to experience the online "classroom" yourself, please contact Jennifer Tutwiler to set up a tour.
  • How many children can be in each group?
    Ten students can participate in each group. Siblings in the same group count as "one" student.
  • Does my child need to be able to type?
    Because we use both audio and video in class, typing is not a requirement.
  • How do I know my child is ready for group discussions?
    We've found that, while some students are just starting to develop their ability to go deeper into their readings and other children may struggle with shyness, they can all have amazing insights! Our moderators adjust their questions/approach as needed to help guide younger and/or shy children so they feel comfortable while still developing their discussion skills.
  • Is Delectare for Christian students only?
    No. While we embrace our Christian identity, Delectare joyfully welcomes children of all faiths and denominations. "We are respectful of other faiths, while humbly maintaining the truths of our Christian faith." (from the Highlands Latin School website)
  • What is your refund policy?
    Prior to June 1, 2017, cancelled participation will be refunded in full. After that date, cancellations will be refunded at 50%. Cancellations received after September 1, 2017 will not be refunded. If extenuating circumstances arise (unexpected military/career transfer, etc. please let us know so we can arrange for an exception).
  • What are the technical requirements for Delectare's meeting platform?
    System Requirements
    An internet connection – broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)
    Speakers and a microphone – built-in or USB plug-in or wireless Bluetooth
    A webcam or HD webcam - built-in or USB plug-in
    Or, a HD cam or HD camcorder with video capture card

    Supported Operating Systems
    Mac OS X with MacOS 10.6.8 /(Snow Leopard) or later
    Windows 10
    Windows 8 or 8.1
    Windows 7
    Windows Vista with SP1 or later
    Windows XP with SP3 or later
    Ubuntu 12.04 or higher
    Mint 17.1 or higher
    Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 or higher
    Oracle Linux 6.4 or higher
    CentOS 6.4 or higher
    Fedora 21 or higher
    OpenSUSE 13.2 or higher
    ArchLinux (64-bit only)

    Supported Tablet and Mobile Devices
    Surface PRO 2 running Win 8.1
    Surface PRO 3 running Win 10
    iOS and Android devices
    Blackberry devices
    Supported Browsers
    Windows: IE7+, Firefox, Chrome, Safari5+
    Mac: Safari5+, Firefox, Chrome

    Processor and RAM Requirements
    Minimum: Single Core 1Ghz or Higher
    Recommended Processor: Dual Core 2Ghz or Higher (i3/i5/i7 or AMD equivalent)
    RAM: 4Gb
    Note: Linux requires a processor or graphics card that can support OpenGL 2.0 or higher

    High DPI Support
    High DPI displays are supported in Zoom version 3.5 or higher

    Bandwidth Requirements
    The bandwidth used by Zoom will be optimized for the best experience based on the participants’ network. It will automatically adjust for 3G, WiFi or Wired environments.

    Recommended bandwidth for Meetings and Webinar Panelists:
    For group video calling: 600kbps/1.2Mbps (up/down) for HQ video. For gallery view: 1.5Mbps/1.5Mbps (up/down).
    For screen sharing with video thumbnail: 50-150kbps
    For audio VoiP: 60-80kbps