Great Basin College

Early Childhood Education

ECE 127 – Role of Play for Infants/Toddlers


No Prerequisites


Instructor:          Lynette Macfarlan, MA, Edu.


Work Phone:     775-753-2239


Office:                 EIT Building, #259


E-Mail:                Webcampus E-mail


Office Hours:     Tuesdays & Thursdays:

8:30 AM – 11:30 AM



An important note about Online Classes


This is an online course presented through a Web Campus format.  Students must have regular access to a computer with an Internet option to successfully complete the course.  Computers are available on the GBC campus, in the library and at the High Tech building.


Online classes require constant motivation and self-direction on the part of the student.  Students are responsible for reading, studying, asking questions, completing assignments within the required time-frame, being organized, and staying on schedule. All students are encouraged to contact the Technology-Help desk for assistance when needed at 753-2167 or  The Technology Help Desk is open from 7am-10pm, Monday-Friday, and 8am-5pm on Saturdays.  All GBC center sites have lab aides on staff to assist students.  Please call your local GBC site to inquire about personal assistance if needed.  I encourage all students to attend a Web Campus Workshop prior to taking the course.  Please call the Technology-Help desk to inquire about dates and time.


Online Student Responsibilities



Course Description


Catalog Description: ECE 127—Role of Play for Infants/Toddlers


Study of the role of play as it affects the social, emotional, and physical and intellectual growth and development of infants and toddlers.




Students may purchase textbooks from the GBC Bookstore or online. It is imperative that books be purchased before the first day of on-line instruction.  The GBC bookstore phone number is 775-753-2270. 


Sluss, D. J. (2005). Supporting play birth through age eight. Clifton Park, NY: Thomson.


Important Note: Chapters 7 & 8 will not be addressed in this course.


Student Learning Outcomes


Upon completion of this course the students will demonstrate the ability to:


Expected Outcomes:


Student Measurements:

1.    Identify and explain the importance of play in the learning and development of infants and toddlers.



Essay Questions


Progressive Final

2.    Apply theories of play to support play within an infant/toddler setting.

Essay Questions

Discussion Board

Progressive Final

3.    Identify and explain types of play in infants and toddlers.


Essay Questions

Discussion Board

Progressive Final

4.    Determine stages of play in infants and toddlers through focused child observations.



Mini Projects

Progressive Final

5.    Utilize child observations to create spaces and experiences that promote play and overall development for infants and toddlers.


Essay Questions

Discussion Board

Mini Projects

6.    Develop an understanding of child development, developmental milestones, and how they affect play behaviors within an infant/toddler setting.



Essay Questions

Mini Projects

Discussion Boards

Progressive Final


Method of Instruction





The learning outcomes of this course will be met through a variety of activities to be completed online and in the classroom. These include:


            Essays                                               Progressive Final                                        

            Quizzes                                             Discussion Board

           Observation                                       Mini-Projects


If students have questions regarding any aspect of the course, the instructor can be contacted through the Web Campus e-mail.  Student communication is encouraged with one another and the instructor via email inside Webcampus. The Web Campus e-mail system is internal.  Only the students in the course can use it and it does not communicate with outside e-mail accounts such as your home e-mail system.

The instructor will check e-mail a minimum of 3 times a week.  Students will receive a response within 24 hours unless otherwise notified.  Phone calls are always encouraged. 

Student Responsibilities


1.    Attendance and Participation:  Because this is an online course, there is no actual attendance required.  However, students are expected to log in to the course regularly (several times a week is recommended), check e-mail, check the course calendar, participate in online discussions, and complete quizzes and assignments by the specified due dates. Participation is very important since students will be responsible for reading material, class activities, discussions, and diverse information presented by the instructor weekly. This class requires assignments be completed each week.  Please don’t procrastinate!  The instructor must be contacted a minimum of two weeks in advance if students will not be participating in the class. These absences will only be approved for an extreme family emergency and/or personal illness.  A grade of “W” (withdrawn) will be recorded for anyone who formally withdraws by contacting the instructor and completing a withdraw form. 


2.    All required assignments should be completed weekly so that students can actively participate in the Discussion Board, as well as complete assignments and quizzes with a successful outcome. 


3.    Assignments must be turned in by the date specified through Web Campus.  All weekly assignments are due each Monday at 8:00 AM.  Late assignments will not be accepted unless prior arrangements are made with the instructor in advance.


4.    Written assignments must be:

a.            typed, organized, and neat.

b.            submitted in a word document and presented in an APA format.

c.            proofed before submission. Correct spelling, grammar and format are expected.


Remember to use spell check and/or the dictionary prior to posting all assignments.


Student Workload

This class covers a great deal of material in the 16 week semester.  Students should expect to invest a significant amount of time completing the requirements of the classIn a traditional three credit-hour course students would normally be in class for three hours a week for 16 weeks (48 hours of class time).  In addition, a good rule of thumb is that students should typically spend another three hours per week in self study for each credit-hour they are taking (3 cr x 3 hrs x 16 wks = 135 hours study time). 

Students should plan time to complete the required readings and assignments, prepare for and take quizzes, and participate in online discussions as requested.  To be successful in this course students are strongly encouraged to create a study plan. A course calendar is provided as a tool to track due dates and map the course of study.  Planning ahead is the best way to stay on task!

Course Assignments

Complete instructions for all assignments are provided inside Webcampus.


Assignments are due every Monday at 8:00 AM beginning the second week of the semester. Students are required to follow the guidelines specified under the weekly icon on the home page.  Begin by reading the Chapter Tasks and continue though the links.  Students will take quizzes on the chapter information weekly. The quizzes can be taken up to 3 times. The highest score will be accepted.  In addition, students will be completing Progressive Final questions throughout the course. There will be no final at the end of the course.


Students will be graded on the basis of accuracy, completeness, and degree of excellence in carrying out the required assignments.  For maximum points, it is imperative that students read all the instructions for the assignments and answer all parts or questions.


Quizzes:  Each week, there will one quiz comprised of multiple choice and matching questions. The quizzes will be found by following the link under the icon for each week. The quizzes will cover chapter information; therefore it is imperative that students read and process the information in the reading assignments.  The quizzes will not be timed and can be taken up to three times in order to receive a higher score. Webcampus is set to grade the multiple choice and matching test questions automatically.  Answers must be saved by clicking “finish” at the bottom of each quiz before logging off.


Essays/Mini-Projects:  The instructor will post 7 sets of Reflective Essay Questions and/or mini projects during the semester.  These questions and/or projects are elicited from the content information in each chapter.  The posed questions or assigned projects must be researched and completed in a neat, concise and understandable format. Grammar and spelling will not be graded. However, if the assignment contains a numerous number of grammar and spelling errors, the document will be returned for revision.  All essay questions and/or mini-projects must be submitted in a document written in am APA format using Word.  It is imperative that the Reflective Essay questions be posted as an attachment. Please do not write in the drop box or send through e-mail. 


Online Discussions: There will be 3 assigned Discussion Board assignments throughout the semester. The Discussion Board questions will be structured to help students think critically about the material that is covered in the course, and to analyze how it applies to working in ECE.  The online discussions provide a way for students to interact and participate with others. The following will be considered when scoring the Discussion submissions. Discussion postings and responses will be worth 35 possible points for each posting. Discussion Board assignments do not have to be posted as an attachment.



Full Credit

Partial Credit

No Credit

Response to Initial Question

Shows understanding of the question, presents a thoughtful and substantive response, gives reasons for opinions, response is linked to reading from the text.

Shows limited understanding of the question; response is brief and/or without substance, may ramble off topic.

Fails to make the posting, responds to the wrong question, or shows a complete lack of understanding of the question.

Reply to Other Student’s Messages

Asks thoughtful questions of other student(s). If agreeing, adds elaboration. If disagreeing, does so respectfully and adds rationale.

May respond in brief unhelpful ways, may take a disrespectful tone toward other students, may show a lack of understanding of other’s posting.

Responds with a sentence or less, responds in a derogatory way.


Progressive Final Exam: The Final will be progressive in nature.  Every other week, students will be asked to address a set of reflective essay questions and/or mini-projects.  All responses must be written in a Word document and posted as an attachment.  The responses are expected to be detailed, comprehensive, and grammatically correct.  All parts of the question must be included. 


Participation and a Positive Interactive Attitude: These points are essential for receiving an “A.”   A student’s attitude and class participation can make a difference in his or her personal growth, course progression, and success in the world of Early Childhood Education. Please refer to Page 3 of the syllabus, Student Responsibilities.






Assignments Due


Purchase Book and examine the On-Line Class.


Contact your instructor with specific questions through Webcampus E-mail.


Remember to check your e-mail weekly!

Read Introductory Letter and Syllabus thoroughly (Home Page)


Completed the Tasks for Week 1 (Home Page)



Introduce yourself to the class through the Discussion Board

Who are you?

Where do you live?

Why did you take the class?

What are your greatest treasures in life?

What are your dreams and aspirations?


Due:  Monday, Sept. 6th by 8:00 am


 Chapter 1

Read Preface & Chapter 1


Read Power Point


Complete Quiz


Don’t forget 1st

Discussion Board



Discussion Board:  You must respond to a minimum of 3 other students to receive credit


Due: Monday, Sept. 13th by 8 am


Chapter 1

Review Ch. 1


Review Power Point


Complete Reflective Essay Questions


Reflective Essay Questions




Due: Monday, Sept. 20th by 8 am


Chapter 2

Read Ch. 2


Read Power Point


Complete Quiz



Due: Monday, Sept.  27th by 8 am


Chapter 2

Review Ch. 2


Review Power Point


Complete Reflective Essay Questions



Reflective Essay Questions



Due: Monday, Oct. 4th by 8 am


Chapter 3

Read Ch. 3


Read Power Point


Complete Quiz


Don’t forget 2nd  

Discussion Board



Discussion Board:  You must respond to a minimum of 3 other students to receive credit


Due: Monday, Oct.  11th by 8 am


Chapter 3

Review Ch. 3


Review Power Point


Complete Reflective Essay


Reflective Essay Questions


Due: Monday, Oct.  18th by 8 am


Chapter 4

Read Ch. 4


Read Power Point


Complete Quiz



Due: Monday, Oct.  25th by 8 am


Chapter 4


Note: Skip


6 & 7

Review Ch. 4


Review Power Point


Complete Reflective Essay


Reflective Essay Questions


Due: Monday, Nov.  1st  by 8 am


Chapter 8


Read Ch. 8


Read Power Point


Complete Quiz


Don’t forget 3rd

Discussion Board



Discussion Board:  You must respond to a minimum of 3 other students to receive credit


Due: Monday, Nov. 8th by 8 am


Chapter 8

Review Ch. 8


Review Power Point


Complete Reflective Essay Questions

Reflective Essay Questions


Due: Monday, Nov.  15th by 8 am


Chapter 9

Read Ch. 9 


Read Power Point


Complete Quiz




Due: Monday, Nov.  22nd by 8 am


Chapter 9

Review Ch. 9


Review Power Point


Complete Reflective Essay


Reflective Essay Questions


Due: Monday, Nov.  29th by 8 am


Chapter 10

Read Ch. 10


Read Power Point


Quiz – Final Reflection Only



Due: Monday, Dec. 6th by 8:00 am


Chapter 10

Review Ch. 10


Review Power Point


Complete Final Reflection

Final Reflection


Due: Monday, Dec. 13th by 8:00 am  



Point System


Students are encouraged to make an appointment with the instructor at any time during the semester to discuss grades, questions, or concerns about the course. 





Your Score




7 Quizzes @ 20 points each


140 Points


7 Sets of Reflective Essay Questions and/or Projects @ 40 Points each

280 Points


3 Discussion Board Assignments @ 35 points each

105 Points



 75 Points




600 Points Possible







90 - 100 %

540 - 600


80 -  89%

480 - 539


70 -  79%  

420 - 479


60 -  69%

359 - 419


0 -   59%

 0 - 358

Calculate your letter grade at any time by dividing the total points accumulated by the total points possible to calculate the letter grade

 For Example:     540  = .9 or 90%


90% of Total Possible = A.




Online Conduct Policy


For all communication in this course, students are expected to respect diverse opinions, to discuss ideas but not engage in personal attacks, and to maintain an appropriate decorum online.  Please DO NOT use profanity or other language that could be viewed as inappropriate or offensive.  Although this is an online class, students remain subject to the Code of Conduct for GBC students. 

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is a form of cheating and, at a minimum, will result in a grade of zero (F) on the assignment or test involved; and may also result in a grade of “F” for the course.

Plagiarism is defined as using another person’s words and/or ideas as though they were your own.  Some examples of plagiarism are:

1.    Copying or quoting a phrase or sentence from a source without giving credit to the author.

2.    Summarizing or paraphrasing someone else’s ideas without giving credit to the author.

3.    Turning in a paper written by someone else or containing sections written by someone else.

4.    Working with another student to write one paper that is turned in by both students.

Failure to document sources is also considered plagiarism.  Unfortunately, this has become quite a serious problem in college classes, especially in the online environment.  The Internet makes anything available with one quick click of the mouse.  Students need to know that plagiarism is dishonest and wrong.  You must use citations whenever you use another person’s ideas or words.  Paraphrasing also requires references to the original work.  Citations will be checked randomly for accuracy.  The instructor may use Internet search engines such as to uncover plagiarism.

ADA Policy


Great Basin College is committed to providing equal educational opportunities to qualified students with disabilities in accordance with state and federal laws and regulations, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  A qualified student must furnish current verification of disability.  The ADA Officer, located in Berg Hall, will assist qualified students with disabilities in securing the appropriate and reasonable accommodations, auxiliary aids, and services.  For more information or further assistance, please call 775-753-2271.


Statement of Academic Integrity


I, Lynette Macfarlan, promise to expect nothing more of you, the student, than I, the instructor, expect of myself.  Freedom of speech, thought and learning are a responsibility and right of all participants in this class.  Respect and privacy are assumed.  At times the character of this course material may be of a personal nature, please treat your classmates as you wish to be treated.