Transitioning Observation-Based Courses into the E-Learning Context
Tuesday, November 15 11:35-11:55 AM Location: Edison E
Presider: Joanne Beriswill, Mississippi State University, United States
Abstract: Direct and personal observation of children has been a traditional approach to course content and development in early childhood education. Children are observed and assessed individually and in multiple early care and education settings. Program review checklists are completed to develop understanding of characteristics of the learning environment and develop observation skills. Online programs serve individuals who may working traditional and/or non-traditional hours, and are unable to observe children in different settings due to scheduling constraints. Developing authentic experiences which substitute for direct and personal observation, and provide online students similar opportunities in developing their own observation and assessment skills, can be daunting. This presentation will summarize the approaches used in programs transitioning from face-to-face to completely online coursework and provide opportunity for discussion of best practices.