Our online courses are interactive communities where you’ll learn, discuss, collaborate, and apply new knowledge to your practice.
You’ll participate through EriksonOnline, a simple web-based learning environment you’ll visit using a common web browser like Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, or Chrome. Each course will have a dedicated area where you will find the course syllabus, readings, assignments, messages from your instructor, discussion boards, and more.
Your instructors may use any of several methods to share course content and encourage interaction, including:
- Course readings posted as PDF files you can easily download and read when convenient.
- Discussion boards where you will post thoughts and views on readings and respond to classmates’ posts, engaging in lively conversations about theories and ideas.
- Email to communicate with and receive direct feedback from your instructor on your coursework.
- Standard word processing software to write assigned papers you’ll upload or submit by e-mail.
- Video or audio clips that illustrate some facet of child development or a teaching technique.
- Online research databases accessed through Erikson’s Edward Neisser library.
- Videoconferencing using your own webcam, for more personal and direct interactions.
- Social networking sites (such as Facebook and others) to connect, chat, share resources, and collaborate.
What will my learning experience be like in online courses?
Once enrolled in our online programs, you’ll find yourself regularly logging in to EriksonOnline, where you will:
- Check for the assignments for the current week’s course module.
- Make note of any readings and research or reflection papers assigned.
- Review any announcements from your instructor.
- Download articles for later reading.
- Visit the discussion boards to see what your instructor and classmates have said about current readings and assignments and respond with your own views.
Academically, you’ll be doing some of the same things you’d do in any campus-based class: reading, watching videos, and responding in the form of written papers or reflection posts. Most Erikson instructors rely more on papers than quizzes or tests to evaluate your knowledge. Generally, you won’t be listening to 50-minute lectures.
The online difference is that courses are more interactive. You’ll be expected to regularly contribute to the course discussion, sharing your thoughts, experiences, and responses to assigned readings. Many students tell us they feel more comfortable doing so in an online environment, with no eyes focused on them and more time to gather their thoughts. Online, there is time for everyone to speak up and to consider all viewpoints.
And in Erikson’s courses, you won’t learn in isolation. Your instructors and advisers will provide detailed, personalized feedback on your assignments and will come to know your strengths and concerns very well. Our online instructors and students both say they have developed closer relationships online than in classroom courses.
You’ll also get to know your cohort of colleagues who often share your challenges and contribute insights and ideas that enrich your learning and practice.