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Frequently Asked Questions

EarlyEdU Alliance® 2021 Membership Questions

I am a current Alliance member (2017-2020). What do I need to do to maintain my membership.
All members must renew their membership in 2021 in order to receive membership benefits.
I am already a member, do I have to renew?
All members must renew their membership in 2021 in order to receive membership benefits.
Does my membership expire?
New memberships available in early 2021 will not have an expiration date.
When will the new memberships expire?
There will be no expiration date on new 2021 memberships.
Why are there only Individual memberships available with the new membership structure?
We have streamlined the membership process by providing the same application for all members to increase access to courses for faculty. Faculty associated with an institute of higher education (IHE) will no longer need their institution to sign a membership license but will maintain course access simply through their affiliation with an IHE.
Who has access to EarlyEdU courses?
Teaching faculty affiliated with an IHE can become member faculty and use EarlyEdU courses. EarlyEdU Approach, a short online course, is a prerequisite to course ordering. Stakeholder access to courses is available on a contract basis that includes training and technical assistance to ensure courses are credit-bearing.
Is there a fee for EarlyEdU courses?
EarlyEdU courses are free to all member faculty affiliated with an IHE after completion of The EarlyEdU Approach. Stakeholder access to courses is available on a custom contract basis to ensure courses are credit-bearing.
How much does the new membership cost?
Membership in the EarlyEdU Alliance remains free.
What benefits come with an EarlyEdU membership?
Members have access to a rich range of resources available in the members portal. Resources include two online, self-paced faculty development courses (The EarlyEdU Approach and Teaching Online), the EarlyEdU Media Library, various teaching resources to support competency-based coursework, several modules for use in training and teaching, and access to a national Faculty Community of Practice, resources from our annual institutes, monthly webinars, and newsletters. Faculty affiliated with an IHE have access to a suite of 30+ courses (online and in-person). Additional fee-for-service benefits are also available to members; training, technical assistance and customized Coaching Companion support.
May I still access my EarlyEdU Media Library account after April 2021?
The Media Library will be available free of charge for all Alliance members. You must become a member to activate your Media Library account.
I currently use the EarlyEdU Coaching Companion. When does my access expire?
Current Higher Education Coaching Companion users will have access to their accounts through June 2021. You will receive notice about continuing your Coaching Companion account.

Joining the EarlyEdU Alliance®

Who is eligible to join the EarlyEdU Alliance®?
Any individual affiliated with a nonprofit college, university, or government agency working to strengthen the early childhood workforce.
How much does it cost to join?
Membership in the EarlyEdU Alliance® is free.
Does my membership expire?
Current memberships have been extended through March 31, 2021. New memberships available in early 2021 will not have an expiration date.
How do I join?
Complete a short online form that describes the conditions of membership and provides us with your contact information. Upon receiving the form, you will receive access to the members portal and all membership benefits. Visit our Become a Member page for more information.
How do I prevent EarlyEdU emails from going to my email junk folder?
Please mark these email addresses as “favorites” to ensure delivery to your inbox: info@earlyedualliance.org (main email), delivery@webdamdb.com(Media Library), notifications@instructure.com (Canvas courses).

About EarlyEdU Alliance® Courses

How many credits are EarlyEdU courses?
Specific credit hours have not been assigned to the courses, as these decisions are best made by individual institutions. Most EarlyEdU courses contain enough material for 3–5 undergraduate credits. A few of the courses are shorter modules that can be offered for fewer credits or incorporated into an existing course.
How long are the courses: a semester or a quarter?
The courses contain a semester’s worth of material. Teaching a course in a quarter or in a shorter term will require adjusting the content to fit your course requirements.
How rigorous are EarlyEdU courses?
The courses’ competency-based assignments set high standards for students’ demonstration of teaching practices, reflection on their own work, and feedback to their peers. Ultimately, you determine how best to use competency-based assignments to achieve the learning objectives of each course. We expect that students will have opportunities in other courses at your institution to conduct research and demonstrate academic writing skills. If you need to include such assignments in an EarlyEdU course, you should consider the workload and level of the course (e.g., 200 versus 400) so that you do not compromise the completion of the competency-based assignments.

To keep student expenses lower, EarlyEdU courses generally do not require textbooks, and as many readings as possible are freely available. You may add additional readings, a textbook, and writing assignments as necessary.
Are EarlyEdU courses ADA-compliant?
We recommend consulting your institution’s disabilities services office about modifying the materials to best serve your students. The courses contain multiple videos. Videos of teaching practices in early childhood settings are subtitled.
Is there a limit on the number of courses I can offer?
No. Alliance member faculty can use as many courses as they can teach.
Can all of the courses be taught online?
We anticipate making online versions of all of the courses. See the courses page to see which ones are currently available for online delivery.
What learning management system (LMS) is used for the online courses?
The online courses are currently in Canvas. If your institution uses a different LMS, we will provide you with files that can be uploaded to it.
Can I preview the courses in advance?
Yes, all of the courses on our public page include the syllabus, competency crosswalk, and some include online course samples. Once a member, you will be able to preview all of the online courses.
What age range do the courses cover?
Some cover birth to 5. We are working to have all courses cover birth to 5 or birth to 8. See the courses page for more information about specific courses.
My institution has strict guidelines about course content, and EarlyEdU courses may not meet those requirements. What can I do?
Some of the courses may match those you already offer. We can provide more information about specific courses to help you compare them to your own. The competencies on our courses page may also help you determine whether they will work for you. If obtaining EarlyEdU course approval is not feasible, your department might have a special topics course or a wild card option that you can use to offer EarlyEdU courses. You may also consider using our courses as a text book in one of your existing courses. This can help meet a Zero Textbook Cost effort. See the FAQ below "How can I use EarlyEdU course materials?" for additional information about adding material to the courses to satisfy your department’s requirements.
How can I prepare my students for an EarlyEdU course?
Your students need field placements or access to early learning settings where they can film their interactions with young children. If they are new to competency-based assignments, it may be helpful to explain the benefits of trying out teaching practices in a real-world setting. Students may also need support in making videos and using the Coaching Companion Alliance faculty receive resources to help them use the Coaching Companion effectively with their students. *If Covid-19 restrictions prevent your students from working and filming in an early learning setting, please consider using observational videos from our extensive Media Library.
Is there a limit on the number of courses I can use?
No. Alliance member faculty can use as many courses as they can teach.

Teaching EarlyEdU Alliance® Courses

How can I use EarlyEdU course materials?
Our intention is for faculty to deliver EarlyEdU courses in their entirety. EarlyEdU courses contain a complete set of course materials so that you can concentrate on observing your students’ growth in their use of specific teaching practices and giving them focused feedback.

To maintain fidelity to the EarlyEdU approach, plan to use most, if not all, of the materials. Specifically, faculty using EarlyEdU course materials will:
• Include assignments that require students to film themselves demonstrating specific teaching practices,
• Provide regular feedback to students on their implementation of teaching practices, and
• Organize small groups of students into communities of reflection and practice, to develop their capacity to provide feedback and build professional connections.

You may add or substitute readings and assignments, provided that you use the practice-based assignments, give your students regular feedback, and help them develop their own skills in giving feedback. We also encourage you to draw upon your own experiences and use your own voice to engage students in the course content. As part of our evaluation process, we will request information from you about any changes you make to an EarlyEdU course.
Some of the course materials I have seen are geared to students currently working in early childhood. Will these courses work for students who are not currently in a child care/preschool setting?
EarlyEdU courses emphasize the use of effective teaching practices in the field, and they require students to film themselves interacting with young children. For students who do not already have access to an early learning setting, field experiences will need to be established in advance. We have a tip sheet and sample consent forms to help you with this process.
What does it mean for me to teach an EarlyEdU course?
Instructors teaching EarlyEdU courses can expect to spend less time preparing and presenting course content, and more time providing targeted feedback to individual students. Watching student videos may be time-consuming at first, but Alliance faculty report that they become more efficient in providing feedback over time, and that observing student growth is rewarding.
How can I prepare my students for an EarlyEdU course?
Your students should have field placements or access to early learning settings where they can film their interactions with young children. If they are new to competency-based assignments, it may be helpful to explain the benefits of trying out teaching practices in a real-world setting. Students may also need support in making videos and using the Coaching Companion. Alliance faculty receive resources to help them use the Coaching Companion effectively with their students.
What if I don’t have Canvas and want to teach an EarlyEdU Online course?
Our online courses are a terrific option for many teaching modalities. Of course, using EarlyEdU Canvas is the easiest and most direct way of using our online courses. We set you up with a copy of the course and you add your students. Voila! You can teach directly from EarlyEdU Canvas. Faculty can also export course files and import them into their own LMS, or choose hybrid delivery – using the EarlyEdU Canvas online course as a free online textbook to flip their in-person course and focus in-person class time on practicing video analysis, collaborative learning, and formative feedback.

The EarlyEdU Coaching Companion

What is the EarlyEdU Coaching Companion?
The EarlyEdU Coaching Companion is a video sharing and coaching feedback tool, and an integral part of the EarlyEdU approach. It enables working teachers to take what they learn in their college courses, apply it to their interactions with children, and then reflect upon their practice with peers and faculty. This, in turn, gives instructors the opportunity to provide timely coaching and feedback, and closely observe student growth over the course of a term.
I already have a system set up for watching student videos. Why should I use the EarlyEdU Coaching Companion?
The Coaching Companion is more than a site for storing and watching videos. It enables students and instructors to engage in dialogue about teaching practices in a virtual community of practice. The Coaching Companion satisfies standard requirements for protecting student data, and can be used in compliance with the federal requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
My students are not tech-savvy. Will they really be able to use the EarlyEdU Coaching Companion effectively?
To help students become comfortable with the technology, the instructional materials included with the courses provide suggestions to instructors on how to gradually build students' comfort with the tool, the skills needed to film themselves, and using the Coaching Companion. The Coaching Companion tool itself includes short instructional videos for instructors and a Quick Start guide for students. We respond to emergent tech support needs within 48 hours.
How can I get tech support for the EarlyEdU Coaching Companion?
Our Coaching Companion team provides tech support for faculty and students. Alliance faculty also have access to resources that answer the most common questions you and your students might have.