E-Learning Delivers for College of Human Ecology
Johnson, Cynthia E., Gallagher, Margie, Farrior, Evelyn, Lindsey, Patricia, Triebenbacher, Sandra, Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences
In North Carolina, e-learning is being used successfully to meet the severe shortage of early childhood educators in the public schools and in other children's programs such as those in the state's "More At Four" initiative. It also is being used to reduce the need for nutritionists and dieticians with advanced degrees, and to aid students in new designs and applications of technology via computer aided design (CAD).
One university is taking family and consumer sciences content to e-learning. Faculty in three departments in the College of Human Ecology at East Carolina University are delivering high quality courses and entire degree programs online.
The Nutrition and Hospitality Management department offered its first courses over the Internet in 1998. The department now offers a master's degree in Nutrition (with a clinical emphasis) completely online; it is the only approved online program in nutrition in the state. The department also offers an Internet course in Clinical Nutrition for Health Professions, targeted to RN and BSN students nationwide. Finally, the department is working with the coastal-based hospitality industry to offer an online bachelor's degree.
The Child Development and Family Relations department offered the entire Preschool Add-On licensure program in 2001. This program is designed for teachers who wish to teach in a pre-K, kindergarten, or "More at Four" classroom. This past summer, the department began offering the only online bachelor's degree in the "birth through kindergarten" teacher education program in the state. …