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Open Campus Online Course Syllabus_16week_Training Document

  1. 1. Language and Literacy in Early Childhood Education Welcome to this Course! Welcome to this class and thank you for enrolling in this course! I think you will enjoy our time together! Professor John Weber For many of you, this may be your first online course. If you are not a computer whiz, don’t worry. You won’t need to be. From a computer standpoint, everything is simple to use and easy to navigate. Our Course Syllabus is highly innovative and interactive and is organized by a unique Table of Contents. If you like, you can move your cursor over our first Topic, ―Professor Information‖, press your left mouse key and you will see the section on ―Professor Information.‖ You can continue scrolling down to view the rest of the Syllabus topics. You may also wish to view a particular topic. All you have to do is move your cursor over the Topic and click your left mouse key. You will then view your desired Topic. You can also quickly return to the Table of Contents page by simply moving your cursor over any Topic Heading and clicking on your left mouse key. I’m hoping this will help you easily and quickly refer to a particular Topic in our Syllabus. Exploring all the topics in this syllabus and related links will help you succeed in this course. I’m looking forward to working with you and having a great semester!
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Language and Literacy in Early Childhood Education Page 2 Table of Contents Professor Information .............................................................................................................................. 3 About the Course.................................................................................................................................... 3 Course Title......................................................................................................................................................... 3 The Facts about the Course............................................................................................................................ 3 Instructional Materials and Equipment for the Course................................................................................ 3 Online Delivery System..................................................................................................................................... 4 Technology Requirements............................................................................................................................... 4 Blackboard™ Supported Browsers for Blackboard Version 9.0.539.0 SP3 ................................................ 4 Possible Plug-ins and Software Needed for Your Course............................................................................ 5 Course Description ........................................................................................................................................... 5 Course Purpose................................................................................................................................................. 5 Learning Outcomes.......................................................................................................................................... 5 Calendar of Activities....................................................................................................................................... 6 Your Course Participation.............................................................................................................................. 12 Description of Assignments............................................................................................................................ 12 Discussion Board Forums ................................................................................................................................ 12 Tests and Quizzes ............................................................................................................................................ 12 Written Assignments........................................................................................................................................ 12 Team Project Requirements (if applicable) ................................................................................................ 12 Grades for the Course.................................................................................................................................... 13 Late or Make Up Work.................................................................................................................................... 13 Recommendations for Success in this Course............................................................................................ 13 About the College................................................................................................................................14 Library and Learning Commons ................................................................................................................... 14 Students with Disabilities................................................................................................................................. 14 Important Dates.............................................................................................................................................. 14 Technical Support........................................................................................................................................... 14 Success in Online Learning Workshop ......................................................................................................... 14 Expectations of Student Conduct................................................................................................................ 15 Academic Dishonesty.................................................................................................................................... 15 Attendance Policy.......................................................................................................................................... 15 Other Grade Indicators – FN Grade, ―I‖ Grades, and Repeating the Course....................................... 15 FN Grade – Failure for Non-Attendance ..................................................................................................... 15 The Next Step.........................................................................................................................................16
  3. 3. Language and Literacy in Early Childhood Education Page 3 Professor Information Professor: John Weber Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 3 – 5 p.m. Office Location: URC-U0404 Office Phone: 632-3042 Email: jweber@fscj.edu About the Course This Online course is offered by Florida State College’s Open Campus. For questions or concerns, please feel free to call (904)-632-3116. Course Title Language and Literacy in Early Childhood Education The Facts about the Course Course ID/Reference Number: EEE 0000/100006 Number of Credit Hours: 3 Term/Year/Session/Length: Summer/2011/A8/16 weeks Course prerequisites: ENC 1101 and ENC 1102 Course co-requisites: EDG 4410 Instructional Materials and Equipment for the Course Required Textbook Christie, James F. (2011). Teaching Language and Literacy, Preschool through the Elementary Grades. Boston, MA: Pearson. Required Reading Article – Smith, John A. (2009). Foundations of Early Childhood Education. Early Childhood Education, 150. Retrieved from www.isbe.state.il.us/earlychi/default.htm Required Web Link – www.cubs.com Recommended Materials – Red, Blue, Green and Black Markers Required Equipment – Portable Whiteboard – 36 inches wide
  4. 4. Language and Literacy in Early Childhood Education Page 4 Online Delivery System This course will be delivered by Open Campus using the Blackboard™ Online Course program. You will need to turn off the pop-up blockers to use this online course. Please see the Technology Requirements and the Blackboard™ Supported Browsers. Technology Requirements Please use the following checklist to determine your computer readiness. You should own or have access to:  An email account  Computer with high speed access to the Internet  Access to College computers when needed  Virus-checking software  Word-processing software Blackboard™ Supported Browsers for Blackboard Version 9.0.539.0 SP3 The highest level of compatibility is those browser programs rated as certified. Certified: 100% Compatible Compatible: Compatible in most areas but could have some incompatibility issues Unsupported: Not tested and not recommended Microsoft® Windows® Operating System Internet Explorer® 8 Internet Explorer 7 Firefox 3.6 Firefox 3.5 Windows® XP (32-bit) Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible Windows Vista® (32-bit) Certified Compatible Certified Compatible Windows Vista (64-bit) Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible Windows 7 (32-bit) Certified Unsupported Certified Compatible Windows 7 (64-bit) Compatible Unsupported Compatible Compatible Apple® Mac OS® Operating System Safari® 4.0 Safari 3.2 Firefox 3.6 Firefox 3.5 Mac OSX 10.5 “Leopard®” Certified Compatible Certified Compatible Mac OSX 10.6 “Snow Leopard®” Certified Unsupported Certified Compatible To view Blackboard’s most recent browser compatibility page, click here.
  5. 5. Language and Literacy in Early Childhood Education Page 5 Possible Plug-ins and Software Needed for Your Course Click on any of these to download and install. Adobe Acrobat Reader Flash Player Java QuickTime RealPlayer Shockwave Player Windows Media Player Course Description This course examines the theory, research, and instructional practices pertaining to the way young children learn to read, write, listen, and, speak in early childhood education classrooms. Students will analyze literacy stages and plan appropriate materials and activities to apply this content knowledge. Field experience required (6-10 contact hours). Course Purpose In taking this course you will become competent in all elements of early childhood education. The aim of this course is to provide you with a foundation to inspire children to write, speak, and listen for lifetime learning. Learning Outcomes The primary objective of the course is to explore the subject matter, become familiar with the vocabulary, concepts and developmentally appropriate application models for the field. Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to: 1) Discuss the historical aspects of language & literacy in Early Childhood Education. 2) Design developmentally appropriate practices for early literacy learning. 3) Compare and contrast early literacy theories in order to evaluate best practices for the classroom. 4) Demonstrate knowledge of major components of early literacy and instructional approaches that apply to early literacy. 5) Conduct assessment consistent with the perspectives of early literacy to inform field work and future teaching. 6) Describe and implement strategies used in early childhood education to promote intrinsic motivation toward reading, writing, speaking, and listening for lifelong learning. 7) Demonstrate knowledge of early literacy development as it relates to diversity in the early childhood education classroom—particularly cultural and linguistic differences as well as students with special needs. 8) Exhibit an understanding of how early literacy is relevant to their personal, social, and historical awareness as future educators.
  6. 6. Language and Literacy in Early Childhood Education Page 6 Calendar of Activities The Calendar of Activities is a summary of the Weekly Lessons and Assignments within our course. Our due dates for each weekly assignment can be found within each weekly section inside our Online Course. Click on the individual week for complete directions and due dates. Special Note: The instructor reserves the right to modify this syllabus. You will be notified of any changes to the course syllabus via a Blackboard announcement and a reminder in our Weekly Open Forum Discussions. Week Learning Outcomes Lessons and Assignments Due Dates Week 1 5/9 – 5/15 Lesson 1 - Course Orientation 1) View online orientation on the Syllabus. 2) View online orientation on Navigating the Course. 3) Introduce yourself in the Discussion Board forum Introduce Yourself. 4) Post your answers to the syllabus activity in the Syllabus discussion board forum. 5) Complete the quiz on the syllabus and navigation orientation. 6) Post any questions in the Questions for this Week forum. 5/9 5/10 5/15 5/15 5/15 5/15 Week 2 5/16 – 5/22 Learning Outcome #1 Lesson 2 – Historical Aspects of Language & Literacy in Early Childhood Education? 1) Read Chapter 1 – Foundations of Language & Literacy. 2) Read Chapter 2 - Oral Language Development. 3) Complete the test on historical aspects of early childhood literacy. 4) Complete the case study on oral language development 5) Complete the test on historical aspects of early childhood literacy. 6) Post any questions in the Questions for this Week forum. 5/16 5/17 5/22 5/22 5/22 5/22
  7. 7. Language and Literacy in Early Childhood Education Page 7 Week Learning Outcomes Lessons and Assignments Due Dates Week 3 5/23 – 5/29 Learning Outcome #2 Lesson 3 – Appropriate practice design 1) Read Chapter 3 – Family Literacy. 2) Read Chapter 4 – Early Language and Literacy Instruction. 3) Post your reactions to the question posed in the Family Literacy discussion board forum. 4) View the video on family literacy. 5) Post your reactions to the question posed in the Early Language and Literacy Instruction forum. 6) Post any questions in the Questions for this Week forum. 5/23 5/24 5/29 5/29 5/29 5/29 Week 4 5/30 – 6/5 Learning Outcome #3 Lesson 4 – Early Literacy Theories 1) Read Chapter 5 - Emergent Literacy Strategies. 2) Read Chapter 6 – Teaching Early Reading & Writing. 3) Post your reactions to the question posed in the Early Literacy Strategies discussion board forum. 4) Submit lesson plans 5) Post your reactions to the question posed in the Teaching Early Reading & Writing forum. 6) Post any questions in the Questions for this Week forum. 5/30 5/31 6/5 6/5 6/5 6/5 Week 5 6/6 – 6/12 Learning Outcome #4 Lesson 5 – Assessing the Major Components of Early Literacy 1) Read Chapter 7 – Assessing Early Literacy. 2) Read Chapter 8 – Elementary Reading. 3) Post your reactions the question posed in the Assessments discussion board forum. 4) Post your reactions to the question posed in the Elementary Reading forum. 5) View the video on elementary reading. 6) Post any questions in the Questions for this Week forum. 6/6 6/7 6/12 6/12 6/12 6/12
  8. 8. Language and Literacy in Early Childhood Education Page 8 Week Learning Outcomes Lessons and Assignments Due Dates Week 6 6/13 – 6/19 Learning Outcome #5 Lesson 6 – Intrinsic Motivation Strategies 1) Read Chapter 9 – A Comprehensive Elementary Reading Program. 2) Read Chapter 10 – Creating Writers. 3) Complete the test on the major components of early literacy. 4) View the video on how to intrinsically motivate your students. 5) Post your reactions to the question posed in the Creating Writers forum. 6) Post any questions in the Questions for this Week forum. 6/13 6/14 6/19 6/19 6/19 6/19 Week 7 6/20 – 6/26 Learning Outcome #6 Lesson 7 – Teaching Writing and Completing Assessments 1) Read Chapter 11 – Teaching the Mechanical Skills of Writing. 2) Read Chapter 12 – Assessment. 3) Post your reactions to the question posed in the Writing discussion board forum. 4) View the video on creating assessments. 5) Post your reactions to the question posed in the Creating Assessments forum. 6) Post any questions in the Questions for this Week forum. 6/20 6/21 6/26 6/26 6/26 6/26 Week 8 6/27 – 7/3 Learning Outcome #3 & #4 Lesson 8 – Early Childhood Education Trends and Issues 1) Read Chapter 13 – Trends and Issues. 2) Complete the case study on improving childhood literacy awareness. 3) View the video on trends and issues. 4) Read the article on the future of early childhood education. 5) Post your reactions to the question posed in the Trends and Issues forum. 6) Post any questions in the Questions for this Week forum. 6/28 6/28 6/28 6/29 6/30 7/3
  9. 9. Language and Literacy in Early Childhood Education Page 9 Week Learning Outcomes Lessons and Assignments Due Dates Week 9 7/4 – 7/10 Learning Outcomes #3 & #4 Lesson 9 – New Early Literacy Theories 1) Read Chapter 14 – Emerging Early Childhood Theories. 2) View the video on competing theories of early childhood education. 3) Complete the case study on developing a theory. 4) Complete the quiz on emerging theories. 5) Post your reactions to the question posed in the Theories forum. 6) Post any questions in the Questions for this Week forum. 7/5 7/6 7/7 7/10 7/10 7/10 Week 10 7/11 – 7/17 Learning Outcomes #5 Lesson 10 – Assessment Strategies 1) Read Chapter 15 – Developing a Proper Assessment Strategy. 2) Read the article on developing proper assessments. 3) Complete the exercise on proper assessment techniques. 4) View the video: Why Proper Assessments are Necessary. 5) Post your reactions to the question posed in the Building Proper Assessments forum. 6) Post any questions in the Questions for this Week forum. 7/12 7/13 7/14 7/15 7/17 7/17 Week 11 7/18 – 7/24 Learning Outcome #6 Lesson 11 – Special Needs Students 1) Read Chapter 16 – Caring for Special Needs Students. 2) Read the article on options for special needs students. 3) View the video on developing literacy for special needs students. 4) Complete the case study on fostering positive experiences with special needs students. 5) Post your reactions to the question posed in the Special Needs forum. 6) Post any questions in the Questions for this Week forum. 7/19 7/20 7/21 7/21 7/24 7/24
  10. 10. Language and Literacy in Early Childhood Education Page 10 Week Learning Outcomes Lessons and Assignments Due Dates Week 12 7/25 – 7/31 Learning Outcome #7 Lesson 8 – Class Discussion 1) Post your reactions the lesson plans created by other members in your class in the Lesson Plans discussion board forum. 2) Post your reactions to the field work completed by other members in your class in the Field Work discussion board forum. 3) View the video on creating motivating lesson plans. 4) Complete the Early Literacy project. 5) Read the article on exemplary field work. 6) Post any questions in the Questions for this Week forum. 7/26 7/26 7/31 7/31 7/31 7/31 Week 13 8/1 – 8/7 Learning Outcome #8 Lesson 9 – Class Discussion 1) Post your reactions to the research papers presented by other members in your class in the Research Paper discussion board forum. 2) Post your questions regarding the outline and annotated bibliographies in the Bibliography Questions forum. 3) Complete the early literacy case study. 4) View the video on early literacy development. 5) Complete the test on motivation. 6) Post any questions in the Questions for this Week forum. 8/2 8/2 8/7 8/7 8/7 8/7 Week 14 8/8 – 8/14 Learning Outcomes #4 & #5 Lesson 10 – Class Presentations 1) Complete the test on Early Literacy Development. 2) View the video on oral language development. 3) Post your reactions to the question posed in the Oral Language forum. 4) Complete the language foundations case study. 5) Present your field work. 6) Post any questions in the Questions for this Week forum. 8/9 8/9 8/10 8/10 8/14 8/14
  11. 11. Language and Literacy in Early Childhood Education Page 11 Week Learning Outcomes Lessons and Assignments Due Dates Week 15 8/15 – 8/21 Learning Outcome #5 Lesson 11 – Class Presentations 1) Submit your outline and annotated bibliographies. 2) Post your reactions to the finalized field work by other members in your class in the Field Work discussion board forum. 3) Present your field work 4) View the video on family literacy. 5) Post your reactions to the question posed in the Family Literacy forum 6) Post any questions in the Questions for this Week forum. 8/19 8/20 8/20 8/21 8/21 8/21 Week 16 8/22 – 8/28 Learning Outcomes #5 & #8 Lesson 12 – Class Presentations 1) Complete the course assessment. 2) View the video on elementary reading. 3) Post your reaction to the question posed in the Goodbye forum. 4) Submit your final research paper. 5) Present your field work. 6) Post any questions in the Questions for this Week forum. 8/23 8/23 8/28 8/28 8/28 8/28
  12. 12. Language and Literacy in Early Childhood Education Page 12 Your Course Participation Description of Assignments Each week, you will have individual and/or group activities that must be completed. You will receive points toward your grade based on your participation in the activities and the quality of your individual or group’s work. Complete instructions and rubrics for each assignment can be found in each Weekly Assignment link. Discussion Board Forums Our discussion board forums represent an opportunity to have thoughtful discussions about a given topic. The questions raised will be general in nature and ask you to think deeply. In each discussion topic, you will be required to give a thoughtful and comprehensive response of at least five to eight sentences that are reflective and well-written. The discussion begins when other class members read what you wrote and respond. Class members are expected to contribute original thoughts as well as respond to at least two other people. In your responses, you will ask your classmates a question, expand on one of their ideas, ask for clarity on one of their points, politely disagree and explain why. Please note that you should complete all of the readings for the week prior to submitting your discussion board forum response. Note: You will be expected to post to the forums in correct sentence and paragraph format. Remember to check for correct spelling and grammar. Tests and Quizzes This course will have the three tests as outlined in the Calendar of Activities. Written Assignments Written assignments are important in this course. The ability to communicate clearly and effectively to a variety of people is critical to success in the workplace. Your assignments will be evaluated from this perspective. Proofread all assignments carefully. Errors in spelling, punctuation, syntax and grammar will result in point deductions. Team Project Requirements (if applicable) This course may include a team project. You will be assigned to a Team with your classmates. You will find the specific directions for your team project in our Weekly sections.
  13. 13. Language and Literacy in Early Childhood Education Page 13 Grades for the Course ASSIGNMENTS POINTS Forums (9@30 points each) 270 Assignments 1 – 4 (4 @ 45 points each) 180 Assignment 5: Classroom Observation 70 Assignment 6: Team Project 60 Quizzes on each Chapter ( 7@25 points each ) 175 Research Paper 245 Total Points 1000 GRADE POINTS PERCENTAGE A 900-1000 90-100 B 800-899 80-89 C 700-799 70-79 D 600-699 60-69 F 0-599 59 and below Late or Make Up Work Late or make up work will need to be discussed with the Professor for special directions. Recommendations for Success in this Course  Plan to study 4 hours for each credit hour of the course.  For a 3 credit hour course, you will need a minimum of 12 hours (4 X 3) of self-study time each week. This means an additional 12 hours of study time in addition to the time requirements for completing assigned work.  Practice and repetition are the best way to ensure your mastery of the material.  Communicate with your instructor to ask any important questions and to discuss important concepts.  Complete all Reading Assignments and View and Review all Chapter Lectures.  Complete and Review all Online Classroom Activities.
  14. 14. Language and Literacy in Early Childhood Education Page 14 About the College Florida State College at Jacksonville offers many resources to help you become successful in your academic career. This section of the syllabus will review these resources and any policies that may affect your course participation. Library and Learning Commons The Library/Learning Commons (LLC) is an instructional area of the College designed to offer a variety of teaching, learning and research resources to students enrolled in courses at Florida State College at Jacksonville. LLC services include individual and small group tutoring; traditional and virtual library services and materials; subject-specific instruction including orientations; free workshops; study areas; and access to tutorials, computers, and multimedia technology. Students with Disabilities If you have a disability needing academic accommodations you should, in the first week of class: 1) register with and provide documentation to the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (OSSD) and 2) bring a letter to me from the OSSD indicating the need for academic accommodations. To view further information on the OSSD, click here. Important Dates Class Begins Monday, May 9 Refund Deadline Monday, May 16 Non-Attendance Drop Monday, May 23 Withdraw with “W” Monday, August 15 FN Grade Monday, August 22 Last Day of Class Sunday, August 28 Technical Support For technical support, including help with Blackboard, visit the Online Support Center or call (904) 632-3151 or Toll free (877)572-8895. Click here to view the Online Support Center. Success in Online Learning Workshop This free and optional workshop sets you up for success in online courses. Click here to view the workshop’s topics and schedule.
  15. 15. Language and Literacy in Early Childhood Education Page 15 Expectations of Student Conduct It is expected that each of you use appropriate, professional language and respect when addressing classmates, as well as your instructor, in any part of the online classroom. That same level of professional conduct should extend to all assignments submitted. It’s expected that you will not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the class. Read the comments of other classmates thoroughly before entering your remarks and responses. Be positive, thoughtful, and constructive in your comments and responses. Academic Dishonesty Academic dishonesty, in any form, has severe consequences. Click here to view FSCJ’s academic dishonesty definitions and procedures. Attendance Policy Attendance is measured in this course by your weekly access to the online content and completion of all required Homework Assignments, Chapter Quizzes, Chapter Tests, Unit Exam Reviews, Unit Exams, Comprehensive Exit Test, Projects, and Online Discussions. If you fail to sufficiently progress in the online course prior to the official withdrawal date, you will be withdrawn for non-attendance. If the official withdrawal date has passed and you fail to sufficiently progress in the online course, you will be awarded an FN grade for non-attendance. Other Grade Indicators – FN Grade, “I” Grades, and Repeating the Course FN Grade – Failure for Non-Attendance A Failure for Non-Attendance (FN) grade may be assigned any time after the final withdrawal date. Please refer to the College catalog for additional information. Incomplete – “I” Grades Incomplete (I) grades may be awarded based on the criteria in the College catalog. Repeating the Course You may repeat a course in an attempt to improve a grade previously earned. However, you are limited in your attempts to courses where a ―D,‖ ―F,‖ or ―FN‖ grade was earned. You have only three total attempts in any course, including the original grade, repeat grades, and withdrawals. Upon the third attempt in a course, you must be given an ―A,‖ ―B,‖ ―C,‖ ―D‖ or ―F‖. When you repeat a course at Florida State College, only the last grade earned is calculated in your cumulative grade point average (GPA). If you have an excessive number of ―W‖ or ―FN‖ grades and repeat courses to improve your GPA, you may jeopardize your admission to programs in the Florida State University System (SUS) or other institutions.
  16. 16. Language and Literacy in Early Childhood Education Page 16 The Next Step I hope you have enjoyed exploring this syllabus and find it useful. Your next step is to view the online orientation and begin Week One’s assignments. See you in the online course! Video Training Tutorials

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