Online Learning

online learning

As a completely online program, the Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood & Family Studies is a great option for people working full time and those living outside the Seattle area. You will access all classes, readings, assignments and discussions online, giving you the flexibility to study on your schedule and earn a UW degree while living anywhere in the world that has high-speed Internet service.

How Online Courses Work

In many ways, online courses are similar to classroom courses. Along with the rest of your cohort, you will start each course at the beginning of the quarter, and youre expected to adhere to a weekly schedule and complete all work by the quarter's end. All students have the same deadlines, and you will need to keep up with all lectures, readings, activities and assignments. Unlike on-campus students, however, you can choose when and where to do your coursework within this structure.

Once you have registered for a class, you will be given a link to connect to Canvas, a robust online learning management system. This Web-based software allows you to access all course materials online and interact with your instructors and fellow students through discussion boards and other online features.

Online Technology Requirements

  • Computer able to run a recent version of one of the major Web browsers, such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome or Safari
  • Reliable high-speed Internet connection (cable recommended)

In addition to the basic requirements, you may need access to one or more additional tools and technologies for some courses. These include: Microsoft PowerPoint, Flash, Adobe Acrobat, Visio, Windows Media Player or QuickTime. Some courses may require specialized software; if a course relies on software that is beyond the basic technology requirements, it will be described in the course introduction.

If possible, we also recommend using a computer equipped with a webcam and a microphone. This will allow you to participate in face-to-face communication with instructors and advisers during office hours and at other times.

Video Technology Requirements

As a student in the Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood and Family Studies, you will need a video camera and related accessories (tripod, SD card and reader) to complete your assignments throughout the program. The autumn course Becoming a Teacher Leader will introduce you to the use of video technology for this program. Below is a list of the camera and related accessories we recommend and will provide technical support for.

Equipment Model Cost*
Camera (required) ZOOM Q4 $299
Memory Card (required) SanDisk 16GB, Class 10 $12
Tripod (required) Ravelli APLT2 50" Light-Weight Aluminum Tripod With Bag
(or other small tripod)
USB Cable Included with camera N/A
SD Card Reader (optional but recommended) Transcend USB Card Reader TS-RDF5K $9
Rechargeable Batteries (optional but recommended) WATSON SLB-11A $13
Charger for Extra Battery (optional but recommended) WATSON Compact Charger for Samsung SLB-11A $20
Battery Charger for Camera (optional but recommended) Standard USB Wall Charger $10
Total cost $383

*All costs are estimates and subject to change.

Places to purchase: Best Buy, Amazon, B&H Photo Video, University Bookstore or other retailer. Students can also purchase straight from the manufacturer if needed.

Technical Support

UW Professional & Continuing Education will provide phone and email technical support related to course access issues, technology questions and other aspects of the Canvas environment. Technical support is available from 8 a.m. 5 p.m. Pacific time each weekday (excluding UW holidays). Technical support will also be available from 8 a.m. 10 p.m. Pacific time during the first two weeks of each quarter, and from 10 a.m. 7 p.m. on the Saturday before the start of each quarter and the first two Saturdays of the quarter.