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How is an enduring material activity defined?

An enduring material is a printed, recorded, or computer-presented activity that endures over a specified time and does not have a specific time or location designated for participation; rather, the participant determines whether and when to complete the activity.  

Enduring materials should be reported in PARS for each year in which they are active, either for the entire year or any part thereof. For each year that you provided the activity, please report the number of learners who participated in it during that year, as well as the income related to the activity for that year. Do not report cumulative data for an activity spanning multiple years. The start date entered for the activity should be the first date the activity was available for learners or the date of the most recent review of the activity, whichever is later. If the enduring material activity spans multiple years, the start date should be consistent across reporting years.

When reporting the number of learners for an enduring material activity, you should count all learners who completed all or a portion of the activity and whose participation can be verified in some manner. The accreditor would not consider individuals that only received the enduring material activity but did not actually complete a portion of it to be learners.

The hours of instruction for an enduring activity should indicate the amount of time it takes an individual learner to complete the activity.