Online Lesson Submission Instructions

PLEASE NOTE: These instructions are for Independent Study courses only. For On Demand webinar courses, all assignments should be uploaded in their proper place in the TOLC. 

Before online lesson submission, follow any specific instructions listed in your Study Guide, and check to see that you have completed each of the following guidelines.


    1. Lessons submitted online must be in a Microsoft Word or Microsoft Word compatible format using a .doc or .docx extension.
    2. Answers to audio recording questions should provide complete and concise responses to each question. Moreover, they should not aimlessly ramble on indefinitely. Therefore, good judgment must be exercised in determining what constitutes a response of adequate length. As a general rule, and depending on the nature of the question, questions that simply require the regurgitation of facts should not exceed 2 paragraphs; questions requiring analytical and critical thinking should not exceed 250 words (unless the question directs otherwise).
    3. Proofread your work before submitting your lesson. Take a break and review your lesson again even after you think you have made all of the corrections.


A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Current Edition by Kate L. Turabian is to be used as the default writing style manual where students do not receive explicit instructions from Trinity materials. Any specifications from the Trinity Course Study Guide take precedence over Turabian or any other Trinity materials.

  1. Single-space and double-space appropriately:
    • Type the assignment word for word from your Study Guide, single-spaced.
    • Type and underline the question number and question single-spaced.
    • Double-space, then type your answer double-spaced.
  2. Use font and margins appropriately:
    • Use Times New Roman size 12 point or equivalent font.
    • Use 1 inch top and bottom margins, 1½ inches left margin, and 1 inch right margin.
    • Begin typing on the first line or space below the top margin.
    • Pay careful attention to the audio recording and question number.
    • Include the question number (Example: Question 3 continued) when an answer continues on additional pages.
  3. Place the page number in the center at the bottom of the page by adding and formatting the page number via your word processing program. Do not hand type page numbers as the formatting may change during the uploading process. If the lesson includes front or back matter, divide the lesson into three sections with section oneincluding the cover page and title page if applicable; section two including the body of the lesson; and section three including the bibliography if applicable. Only section two would need page numbers. To insert a cover page, title page, and back matter such as a bibliography without page numbers, using Microsoft Word, insert section breaks before and after the main body of the lesson by following the steps below (for Microsoft Word 2003).
    • Go to Insert, then Break, then Section Break (next page), then click OK.
    • Go to View, then Headers & Footers and center the cursor in the footer of section two. Go to the “header and footer” toolbar and click the button that says “same as previous.” The section two footer should go from saying “same as previous” to nothing at all.
    • With the cursor still in the footer box go to Insert, then Page Numbers (aligned to center), then click Format, and change the “Page numbering” from “Continue from previous section” to “Start at,” and set the number to one. Then click okay.
  4. When quoting material of eight lines or more‐including Scripture verses‐indent four spaces from the left margin and type single‐spaced.


    1. Lessons submitted online must be in a Microsoft Word or Microsoft Word compatible format. Most recent word processors, including Apple Write, Microsoft Works, and, will allow the user to save in a Microsoft Word compatible format. By saving in a Microsoft Word compatible format, you will preserve the formatting of the document without the possibility of a file translation error on Trinity’s end. The file ending must be .doc or .docx (plain text and WordPerfect documents cannot be accepted).
    2. Save your file with a name that conforms to the following naming convention.
        • First type the entire course number (without spaces) as listed on your Class Schedule. For example: CM526RC0903S1 or OT410IS0003 or BEM710PH0003.
        • Next type “a” for assignment followed by the assignment number as listed on the Study Guide. “Assignments” were previously referred to as “modules.” For example: a3, or a1.
        • Next type “r” for recording or “p” for project when this applies (applies for most British Model courses), followed by the audio recording number(s) or the project(s) number. For example: r7. If audio recording or project does not apply, move to the next step.
        • The next three characters will be your initials. If your name is John Alexander Doe, you would put “jad.”
        • The file extension should be .doc or .docx.
        • If you have named your file correctly it will resemble the file names listed below.
        • For a typical course ‐ CM526RC0903S1a3jad.doc
        • For a course with audio recording questions two through eight ‐ OT410IS0003a1r2-8jad.doc
        • For an Accelerated Learning Model course ‐ BEM710PH0003r7jad.doc
    3. Each online lesson submission must have a Cover Sheet which is available at the site where the lesson is uploaded. When you complete a Cover Sheet, you must include your first and last name, student identification number, email address, the course name and course number, the assignment identification in the Study Guide (for example, Assignment One), the Study Guide Code/Date/Version (found on the first page of the study guide), your degree program, and your current address and telephone number. If you fail to include these items on each Cover Sheet, you run the risk of not receiving credit for your lesson submission.
    4. Each lesson submission should be submitted as one file. See “Specific Submission Instructions for Course Assignments” in your Study Guide.
    5. Faculty members are committed to giving lessons the attention they need to ensure quality grading. Lessons may take up to four weeks to be graded. Sometimes there are extenuating circumstances which may cause a longer turnaround time. If a grade for a lesson is not received by the expected return date, an inquiry will be sent to the faculty member. Consequently, if a student does not receive a grade within an additional ten business days, the student may contact Please note: Sending lessons via postal mail will require extra time for the student to receive a grade.
    6. To protect yourself against possible loss, please keep copies of all your lesson submissions. Please remember that credit cannot be given for lesson submissions that do not reach Trinity.

Lesson Submission Checklist for Online Lessons

    • I have reviewed and followed the Submission Instructions for Course Assignments in my Study Guide.
    • I have reviewed and followed the Lesson Submission Instructions.
    • I have numbered each page except the cover sheet and the bibliography.
    • I have double-spaced my answers.
    • I have typed the assignment instructions included in the study guide.
    • I have typed and underlined the question number and question
    • I have attached a completed cover sheet to my lesson submission.
    • I have saved my lesson submission with the correct file name.

Coversheet for your work:

Online Lesson Cover Sheet
(Save to your computer) ‐ Use this coversheet when submitting lessons online.