Great Basin College

Early Childhood Education

ECE 127 – Role of Play for Infants/Toddlers

Spring 2012




Instructor:                 Leafe Eriksen-Wedmore, MA, Edu.


Work Phone:            Contact Phone: 775-753-2239  


ECE Office:               EIT Building, #122       


E-Mail:                        Webcampus E-mail                                                



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:  This course will cover the following chapters in the text:


·         Chapter 1: Valuing Play

·         Chapter 2: Classical and Current Theories of Play

·         Chapter 3: Play as Development

·         Chapter 4: Supporting Play in Infant-Toddler Centers

·         Chapter 5: Supporting Play in Preschool Centers

·         Chapter 6: Supporting Play for Children with Special Needs

·         Chapter 9: Outdoor Play for Young Children



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.

Discussion Board

Essay Questions

Progressive Final

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


Discussion Board

Essay Questions

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.



Mini Projects

Discussion Boards

Essay Questions

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                                                                                  


·         Quizzes                                            


·         Observation    


·         Mini-Projects


·         Discussion Board


·         Progressive Final    


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. Webcampus e-mail 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), check e-mail, check the course calendar, participate in on-line 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 MUST 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 as an attachment in a Word document.


c.            written in an APA or MLA format.


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


Remember to use spell check and/or the dictionary prior to posting all assignments. If student have difficulty writing “college-level” papers, it is imperative to seek assistance from the Academic Success Center before posting assignments.


Student Workload


This class covers a great deal of material during the 16 week semester.  Students should expect to invest a significant amount of time completing the requirements for the classIn a traditional three credit-hour course students would normally attend 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!


IMPORTANT: Print out your syllabus and refer to the course calendar throughout the semester.

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 every other week based on the Power Points and chapter information. The quizzes can be taken up to 2 times. The highest score will be accepted.  In addition, students will be completing Reflective Essay questions throughout the course. There will be no final at the end of the course. YOU CANNOT ATTEMPT TO TAKE THIS CLASS WITHOUT THE REQUIRED TEXT BOOK.


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.











Schedule and Time-Line for Submitting Assignments





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!


You must access all assignments through the Learning Modules, not the drop-down box on the left side of your screen!

Read Introductory Letter and Syllabus thoroughly (Home Page)


Completed the Tasks for Week 1 (Home Page)




This assignment is not graded. However your immediate participation in the class will add to your participation score.


Introduce yourself to the class through the Discussion Board and respond to least 3 other students and your instructor.


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, February 6th by 8:00 am – Not Graded…But Important!


 Chapter 1


First Graded Assignment.


Review Rubric before completing your Discussion Board response.

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


Post: Monday, February 13th by 8 am

Respond: Friday, February 17th by 8 am


Chapter 1

Review Ch. 1


Review Power Point


Complete Reflective Essay Questions

Reflective Essay Questions



 Due: Monday, February 20th by 8 am


Chapter 2

Read Ch. 2


Read Power Point


Complete Quiz




Due: Monday, February 27th by 8 am


Chapter 2

Review Ch. 2


Review Power Point


Complete Reflective Essay Questions

Reflective Essay Questions



Due: Monday, March 5th 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


 Post: Monday, March 12th by 8 am

Respond: Friday, March 16th by 8 am


Chapter 3

Review Ch. 3


Review Power Point


Complete Reflective Essay


Reflective Essay Questions



Due: Monday, March 19th by 8 am


Spring Break

March 26th – April 1st

No Assignment on March 26th


Chapter 4

Read Ch. 4


Read Power Point


Complete Quiz




Due: Monday, April 2nd by 8 am


Chapter 4


Note: Skip


6 & 7

Review Ch. 4


Review Power Point


Complete Reflective Essay


Reflective Essay Questions


Due: Monday, April 9th by 8 am


Chapters 5 & 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


Post: Monday, April 16th  by 8 am

Respond: Friday, April 20th by 8 am


Chapters 5 & 8

Review Ch. 8


Review Power Point


Complete Reflective Essay Questions

Reflective Essay Questions


Due: Monday, April 23rd by 8 am


Chapter 9


Note: Complete Quiz and Reflective Essay in 1 Week!

Read Ch. 9 


Read Power Point


Complete Quiz & Reflective Essay

Reflective Essay Questions





Due: Monday, April 30th by 8 am


Chapter 10


Note: Complete Quiz and Reflective Essay in 1 Week!

Read Ch. 10


Read Power Point


Complete Quiz  & Final Reflection

Reflective Essay Questions





Due: May 7th 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 failing grade 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, Leafe Eriksen-Wedmore, 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.