Orientation Letter For CD 1, Spring 2007
Child Development 1, Growth and Development
Faculty: Elmida Baghdaserians, M.A.
Associate Professor, Child Development
Los Angeles Valley College
baghdaes@lavc.edu


Welcome to CD 1 on-line. I look forward to teaching this class. This will be my second semester teaching on-line, therefore I feel more comfortable in facilitating this course and providing you with as much support as possible.  Please know that I would like to do what I can to make this a great learning experience for you, so please be patient and keep up with due dates. I do want to take this opportunity to apologize for miscommunication or difficulties that you might experience as we all adjust to this new system of learning on-line. 

What to Expect!

Course Description 
This course is designed to explore current theories on child development from pre-birth through adolescence.  A developmental approach is used to explore the process of typical development.  

Course Objective
1.) To identify the developmental domains in young children. 
2.)  To differentiate between the various child development theorists and their theories. 
3.)  To evaluate the environmental and psycho-social events that influence development.
4.)  To identify developmental stages for infants & toddlers, preschoolers, school-age children and adolescents. 

Required Textbook 
K.S. Berger:  The Developing Person, Through Childhood and Adolescence 7th Edition.  Worth, Publishing.  Additional resource:  Exploring Child Development, A Tool Kit for Understanding Development

Please be sure to purchase your book before the course begins, as you will have activities and assignments to complete as early as the first week of class. Remember this course will meet entirely on-line and not in a traditional classroom setting. There are great advantages to taking an on-line course such as saving gas, avoiding traffic and organizing your own time and fitting the course into your own schedule.  There is not a set time that you will need to be on-line, with the exception of exam dates, when the exam will be available from 8:00 am to 11:59 pm on the day it is due. 

This type of learning requires a great deal of discipline and organization on your part. We will be working at the same pace in this course as you do in a traditional class and you cannot make up for incomplete work at the end of the course.  You will be required to complete assignments and participate in discussions on the regular basis.  You will need to log in to ETUDES-NG several times a week to follow up with assignments and discussions. Class participation is checked weekly.  Make sure that you can commit to this format.

You don’t need to be a computer genius to take an online class, but you need to know the basics. You will be e-mailing, participating in discussion, sending attachments, links, searching the web, etc.

I hope this orientation has been helpful.  More information regarding expectations and due dates will be posted when the course begins…

Looking forward to an exciting semester!

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