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  1. Christine Shelton
    April 4, 2013 - 3:05 pm

    Hello:

    The U of W Early Childhood Education bachelor program looks interesting and well thought through. The considered balance of practice and theory is very familiar here at the School of Child and Youth Care, University of Victoria where we apply similar principles to the delivery of our online Bachelor of Child and Youth Care degree (www.uvic.ca/cyc). With the exception of one blended course involving per-course online work and a ten-day workshop that students are required to take our degree is fully online.

    Our courses are web based and combine the use of synchronous and asynchronous tools. One of the greatest challenges for our program has involved identifying and implementing effective approaches to address the communication skills courses (groups, individuals, helping skills, families). Student produced video tape was used in the early days of our program to facilitate the practice, review and assessment of these developing skills, while more recently we have begun to benefit from web-conferencing tools to create a fully online laboratory experience

  2. Heidi Morris
    April 22, 2013 - 10:47 am

    “Although many universities offer online courses at the bachelor’s level, and fully online master programs, whole bachelor’s programs offered fully online are comparatively rare from major public research universities.”

    Based on the description of the program from the University of Washington, their program is not a “full” bachelor’s program either. It is a degree-completion program. It assumes you will transfer the general education credits of 100- and 200-level classes in order to complete the degree. Only the major-specific courses are online.

    This kind of distance learning degree-completion is not new, and not as rare as you may think.

    If you’re looking for examples, try Old Dominion University, http://dl.odu.edu. (Full disclosure: I work there.) All the distance learning bachelor programs are degree-completion. Technology used includes video streaming, 2-way video conferencing, Cisco Telepresence, Adobe Connect, web-based asynchronous, and web-based synchronous classes.

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