Online Learning

The online Bachelor of Arts in Early Care & Education is a great option for those working full time and those who live outside the Seattle area. The program is offered completely online, giving you the flexibility to do your coursework largely on your own schedule and at your own location.

How Online Learning Works

From your computer, you’ll connect to an online learning management system called Canvas. This web-based software allows you to access course materials and interact with faculty and fellow classmates in online forums at any time.

As with a classroom course, you start and finish each online course with the rest of your cohort. All students have the same deadlines, and you will need to keep up with all lectures, readings and assignments.

Technology Requirements

All students must have:

  • Computer able to run a recent version of a major web browser
  • Reliable high-speed internet connection
  • Webcam and microphone

In addition, you may need access to one or more of the following tools and technologies for some courses: video editing software, Microsoft PowerPoint, Flash, Adobe Acrobat, and Windows Media Player or QuickTime. Tutorials are provided if a course relies on software that is beyond the basic technology requirements.

Courses are offered online through a learning management system called Canvas. Canvas also features an app, so you can access your courses on your mobile device from anywhere you have internet service.

Video Technology Requirements

This program requires capturing video with high-quality audio to complete your assignments. You can use the video camera listed below or your own video camera, smartphone or tablet. If you choose to use your own technology, please make sure the video and audio quality is high enough so that instructors and peers can see and hear all your important interactions. You'll also need to use a tripod (see recommendations below) to ensure steady video.

Equipment Recommended Model Cost*
Camera (required) ZOOM Q2n Handy Video Recorder OR $160
Your own video camera, smartphone or tablet that captures high-quality audio and video $0
Memory Card (required) SanDisk Ultra 16GB Micro SDHC UHS-I Card With Adapter $10-14
Tripod (required) Ravelli APLT2 50" Light-Weight Aluminum Tripod With Bag (or other small tripod) $20
Tripod Adaptor (if using a smartphone or tablet for recording) Vastar Universal Smartphone Tripod Adapter OR $8
Vastar 2-in-1 Universal Tablet Tripod Adapter $11
USB Type A to Micro USB Cable (required if you don't have an SD card reader) Anker Powerline Micro USB Cable (3 feet) $5
Rechargeable Batteries (optional but recommended) Amazon Basics High Capacity Rechargeable Ni MH AA batteries (4). (Alternatively, regular AA batteries can be used) $10
Charger for Batteries (optional but recommended) Amazon Basics AA Battery Charger $15
Total Cost   Up to $220

*All costs are estimates and subject to change.

The Introduction to Online Learning course will help you learn how to use the video technology tools.

Technical Support

UW Continuum College will provide phone and email technical support related to technology questions, course access issues and other aspects of the online learning environment. In addition, students can also access support through UW Information Technology (UW-IT).