Foundations of Online Learning

Questing the History & Philosophy of Education

Education in the 20th Century

Case Study on the Diversity of Learning

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 Barb Schulz
Last updated 12/04/2004 7:44 PM

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Foundations of Education
(Online Version)

Welcome to the online version of the Foundations of Education course

So you are considering a career in teaching? Or you are already teaching, and need to make sure you qualify for your teaching certificate...... or you need the credits to renew your teaching certificate....

Either way, you've entered a wonderful field that is very challenging while extremely rewarding. This course is one of your first steps into a world where you touch the future through the children you teach.

This course will be conducted totally online.  Students will be expected to have the proper connection and technological equipment and skills to participate in the course.  This equipment consists of:

  1. An internet connection of at least 56K baud is recommended.

  2. An updated browser (Netscape 4.0+ or Internet Explorer 5.0 +)

  3. You may be instructed to download software as needed to view different files as the course progresses.

***An online course takes as much commitment as a face to face course. So plan on putting just as many work hours into the course as you would in a regular course. You will be reading what you normally hear in a classroom, as well as corresponding with your teammates on a regular basis. So please put time aside to take care of your commitment to this course. It can be any time of the day that you would like, but be sure to plan time at least several times a week to check into the course website.***

Field Experiences - 30 hours

Undergraduate students are required to do 30 hours in field experiences which contributes to the total time they need for certification. Students should be observing or working in a local school for at least 2 hours a week. One of these observations MUST be a local school board meeting, and another MUST be a PTA meeting at a local school. Documents needed for the Field Experience can be found on the Course site, under Course Documents/ Field Experiences.

For more details on Field Experiences, please contact the instructor or the Education Office at 719-549-2681.

Graduate students are expected to visit, observe, and reflect on a visit to a school board meeting, or a Site Based Decision Making meeting. The time element is flexible.

Overview of Modules -

The course will consist of 5 modules taught over 15 weeks.  Students should plan on spending at least 3 hours to review the online materials, as well as 3 - 6 hours to complete the assignments each week.

Each module will be taught using a different pedagogy as an example.  This is done to give participants ideas they will be able to use in their classrooms.  

Module 1 This is the beginning module required to be taken at the start of all modules. You will be developing your online personality, meeting your classmates, and testing your own learning style. You'll also learn about online etiquette, and how to get around in our online classroom. As part of the requirements of this module, you'll create your own mini web page about yourself.

Module 2 You will learn about the History & Philosophy of Education by working in cooperative online groups to research a period of history and create a group presentation about the philosophy of education during that time period in history. You will utilize an online Discussion Board to learn, through other students presentation, about other periods of history. You will write your own philosophy of education.

Module 3 You will become familiar with 20th Century federal and local education policies and their influences  on education.  You will utilize and fine tune  your research skills to be able to discuss educational issues.You will begin creating your teaching portfolio, and become familiar with Colorado Standards.

Module 4   You will use the Case Study method to explore the influence of culture, gender, language, and ability on classroom performance

Getting Started.....

You will need the login and password you were given when you registered for this course. Point your Browser to Fill in your login and password when prompted to do so. If you do not have a USC login and password, you will need to contact the Education Office at 719-549-2681.

If you have been enrolled in the class by our office, the course site will show up in your window as D TEP Schulz ed202. Simply click on those words, and you should be in the class site.

If you have not been previously enrolled, you will need to click on the Courses tab and type in ed202 in the search box on the left . Once you find our course in the list, click on the Enroll button on the far right side. You will need to click on OK a couple of times, and then you should be in the site.

If you have trouble, contact our office at 719-549-2169. While you are waiting for assistance, you can browse the following beginning activities for the course:

The Syllabus and Course Outline can be found on the Course site, under Course Documents.

Have fun, and welcome aboard!

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