We require that all students be proactive in answering the assignment questions and responding to others. The interactive discussions that take place in the Open Forum expand your own learning and enhance others' learning as well. It is not only an interesting place to be but is an integral part of your online learning as well as the topic focus during the assigned times.
When you do not become engaged in the Topic Discussion/Open Forum conversations, for whatever reason, you not only lose out on valuable information, but also the enjoyment that comes from sharing and understanding other views different from your own. We assume that you have read all postings so that redundancy is reduced and expanded learning is enhanced.
Students are expected to progress through the assignments at a steady pace, and by so doing, complete at least half, or 4 questions and 2 or more responses to others, each week. DO NOT wait until the last minute to try and complete all 7 questions and 4 responses. You not only forfeit valuable feedback from instructors and classmates when this is done, but also fail in your responsibility as an active class participant.
Instructors will accept late assignments ONLY through the two weeks immediately following the topic's ending date -- AND with previous permission. If you fail to complete the required number of questions by that extended date, you will receive an NC or No Credit for the course. The only exception to the "grace period" is for the final topic of the quarter. The last topic must be completed on time since the class web site is disconnected, and accessibility to the class questions/library is unavailable. Prior special arrangements may be made with the instructor depending on individual student circumstances.
Assignments that are not completed in a timely fashion cause additional work for the instructor, so if a student is late with any assignment, students should post those LATE assignments in the Archive Section of the specific topic and then send an email directly to the instructor's personal e-mail address informing them of the late assignment post. This quarter, Sandra is leading Early Literacy, Early Brain Development, Social Emotional Development, and School Readiness topics. Val is leading Successful Families. Please keep this in mind when communicating or requesting clarification regarding specific topics. Note the lead facilitator of each topic listed on assignment pages.
Although reminders are generally sent to each student at the conclusion of each topic, if a student is unsure about his/her status, he/she should contact the instructor of record to confirm completion. Students may also check out their own participation by searching the discussion area. (For specific directions, see WEB CT tutorial sent with original access email.)