Time Commitment

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Due to the immersive and engaging nature of this experience, students will receive weekly case updates. They should be prepared to log in most days of the term and to commit a minimum of four hours per week to eInvestigators.

During the week

During the week, the program will focus on asynchronous collaboration and individual work, so students can adapt their eInvestigators engagement to their activities and school day schedule.

eInvestigators is very flexible, but it is not self-paced. As long as they meet due dates and deadlines, students can post to the discussion board or complete an activity at any time that is convenient, whether 7:00 a.m., 10:30 p.m., or any other time. This flexibility is one of the greatest benefits of the program.

Each Wednesday of the term, the case Lead Investigator will host an optional debriefing live session to support students by answering questions and helping with concepts and assignments, like a tutoring session or an office hour.


The weekly four-hour time commitment includes a required one-hour live session on the weekend.

The required live sessions are planned with activities that will help eInvestigators solve the case. They are highly interactive and will require preparation and participation.  Each case spans five consecutive weekends. (See the Program Details, Policies, and Philosophies page for details on session times.) 


Because of the immersive program structure, we can accommodate, at most, an absence of three consecutive days without Internet access.

Students must communicate their schedule to their Lead Investigators in advance and discuss a plan for participation and work when they return. An absence longer than three days makes it difficult for a student to participate in the community activities and succeed in the experience.

eInvestigators is a month-long online program for fourth, fifth, and sixth graders that takes place each year in the spring, summer, and fall. Using leading-edge instructional technology, participants collaborate with a small group of classmates and an expert Lead Investigator to collect clues about a real-life mystery, analyze evidence, and propose theories.