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PARENT-CHILD INTERACTION COURSE MOVES ONLINE

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Both the Parent Education Licensure and Parent Education Certificate Programs offered through Family Education at the University of Minnesota include a core of 16-credits in parent education including:

• CI 5932 Introduction to Parent Education (1 credit)
• CI 5937 Parent-Child Interaction (3 credits)
• CI 5942 Everyday Experiences of Families (2 credits)
• CI 5943 Parent Learning and Development: Implications for Parent Education (2 credits)
• CI 5944 Parent Education Curriculum (2 credits)
• CI 5945 Teaching and Learning in Parent Education (2 credits)
• CI 5946 Assessment and Evaluation in Parent Education (2 credits)
• CI 5949 Student Teaching in Parent Education (2 credits)

For the past two years all of these courses have been available to students online (except CI 5937 Parent-Child Interaction, which will be taught online starting Fall 2008).

During the 2007-2008 academic year, Betty Cooke, Instructor, and Heather Dubbeldee, Graduate Assistant, in Family Education have been working with staff in Academic Technology Services (ATS) in the College of Education and Human Development to prepare the course for online delivery so that all parent education courses in Family Education are available online by the fall 2009 semester. Academic Technology Services staff provide technical and instructional design services to assist Betty and Heather in the conversion of the content of the course to online delivery. This is a course originally developed by Ruth Thomas, Chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and on the Faculty in Family Education. In the course, students analyze and critique parent-child interaction theory and research, consider implications for parent-child relationships and parents’ and children’s development, and apply this course material to professional work with families.

As in the other online courses, students will participate in live online chat sessions and weekly asynchronous online discussions with their classmates and weekly reflections with their instructor. They read the latest research, view presentations by University of Minnesota faculty and noted experts in the field, and create and engage in professional practice education sessions reflecting course content in their communities.

Of particular note in the course is the extensive use of a wide variety of video, DVD, and movie scenes of parent-child interaction in various settings and at various stages throughout the life cycle which students can view on their computers on the course site. These visual scenes are very effective in bringing the often complex concepts addressed throughout the course to life and make lasting impressions on the students as they are learning these concepts.

Information about the Parent Education Licensure and Certification Programs is available at the following University of Minnesota website links:
http://cehd.umn.edu/CI/Programs/FYC/parent.html
http://cehd.umn.edu/students/Certificates/ParentEd.html