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American Sign Language: How to take an online ASL course from an accredited school:

 

Question: How can I take the online "ASL 1 and/or ASL 2" course offered by CSUS?

Answer: You may or may not be able to take those classes. Some courses are only open to non-matriculated students.  (If you are a regular student you may not be able to take certain classes). 

Lately the regular "Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, School Psychology, and Deaf Studies" has started offering some online classes as well. The classes offered by the regular Department are registered for using the normal online registration procedures.

But the College of Continuing Education at California State University Sacramento has for many years offered an online "ASL 1" course Fall Semester and an online "ASL 2" course Spring semester.

The level one course is: "EDS 051 American Sign Language 1" and is typically listed as section 50.
The level two course is: "EDS 052 American Sign Language 2" and is typically listed as section 50.

The online versions of these two courses are not usually listed in the main CSUS catalog. Instead they are usually listed at the CSUS College of Continuing Education's website. The general website is at: http://www.cce.csus.edu/ But sometimes those classes show up in the CSUS regular semester listing and it causes confusion to the students when they can't register as normal.

At the time of this writing, the way to register for those courses is to contact the College of Continuing Education:

Visit Napa Hall or call the College of Continuing Education (916-278-4433 or (916) 278-6984) and let them know that you want to take "EDS 51" (ASL 1) or "EDS 52" (ASL 2) online through the College of Continuing Education. Ask them for registration information, tuition information, and payment information.

 



Question: Who teaches these two online courses?

Answer:  While individual teachers may vary you can be assured that whomever teaches it will be a qualified ASL instructor.
For quite a few years now these two courses have been taught by Belinda Vicars.  She is Deaf, holds a masters degree, and has over 20 years experience teaching ASL.

 



Question: How much does each course cost?

Answer:  It is best to
call 916-278-4433 or (916) 278-6984 to find out the most recent pricing information. Call them regarding ANY tuition or registration related questions.  Also, the most recent contact information for the CCE program coordinator over this program was:  cceeducationprograms@csus.edu or call (916) 278-4813.
 



Question: How does the course work?  What about the curriculum? Do I have to attend any classes?

Answer:  The instructor for several years now has used the Lifeprint.com curriculum as well as her own materials (at www.BelindaVicars.com) and the Blackboard (WebCT) system.  Classroom attendance is not required and the whole course can be completed online. Students must have access to video recording equipment such as a webcam or video recorder.  You study the lessons online and you take quizzes online. Near completion of the course you must take a receptive final exam with an approved proctor watching (to make sure you do not cheat). Your instructor will provide guidelines to help you locate a suitable proctor.
 



Question: Before registering, can I contact the instructor and ask questions or get a copy of the syllabus ahead of time?

Answer: Yes you can contact the instructor. Please keep in mind that it is very important to identify who you are and what program or course you are interested in or referring to.  For example, use a subject line such as:  Mary Smith, question about CSUS CCE ASL 1 (online).
By stating "CSUS CCE" you will help Belinda to know that you are talking about the CSUS college course and not the ASLU private course. 
Her email is:  BelindaGVicars@aol.com

 


 

Question:  Can I start the course at any time?

Answer:  No.  The ASL 1 course (EDS 51, section 50 through CSUS's College of Continuing Education) is offered in the Fall (it typically starts around the second week of September).  The level 2 course is offered in the Spring.
 



Question:  The CSUS CCE web page says that the course is not currently offered.  Has it been canceled?

Answer:   What that usually means is that the time of year is not close enough to Fall or Spring semester for the college to post the course.  Call the CSUS College of Continuing Education directly (916) 278-6984 and ask to speak to the person who coordinates the American Sign Language classes. 

 


 

Question: Is the program live or something that I can do on my own schedule?

Answer: The CSUS EDS 51 ASL 1 Online course as offered via the College of Continuing Education is for the most part, self-paced and can be done whenever is convenient for the student to access the internet. However there are certain deadlines that must be met and the whole course must be completed in approximately 3 months. See the official CSUS schedule and/or the course syllabus for specifics.

Question: Is your course fully captioned?

Answer: No.  The course uses no audio and thus needs no captioning.

Question: My daughter is in high school and has never taken a signing course. She does have some basic skills from signing books that we have purchased as well as many songs she has learned signing through her music program, but it is very remedial. Would this be a good starting place for a beginner?

Answer: The EDS 51 "ASL 1" course is intended for beginners.

Question: How do you do the grading?

Answer: Grading is based on completion of online quizzes, a video project, and a proctored receptive final evaluation.

Question:  Do we need to have access to Skype?

Answer:  As of this writing Skype isn't needed, but that may change so be prepared to invest in a relatively good web cam and make sure you have access to broadband internet. The student will need certainly need access to video recording equipment and be able to upload a video or transfer it to disk and send.


 

Instructors: For all student administration questions, please contact Emelina Logan at 278-7770 or logane(at)csus.edu
Instructors: For all Summer Session contract and pay questions, contact: Andrea Speir speira(at)csus.edu
Students: For registration and related questions contact Liz Arellanes

 



 



American Sign Language:  2012 - 2013 Program Schedule
                                   
EDS 051 50     “American Sign Language 1”   Online Only  (Offered each Fall Semester)
                       
Units: 3.0 academic credits
Dates:  Monday, August 27, 2012 – Monday, November 19, 2012 (12 weeks)
First Day of Instruction/Orientation: Monday, August 27, 2012
Last Day of Instruction: Saturday Nov. 17, 2012
Final Exam: Monday, November 19, 2012
                        Cost: $1110
                                   
EDS 052 50     “American Sign Language 2”   Online Only (Offered each Spring Semester)
                       
Units: 3.0 academic credits
Dates: Monday, January 28, 2013 – Monday, April 15, 2013 (12 weeks)
First Day of Instruction/Orientation:  Monday, January 28, 2013
Last Day of Instruction: Saturday, April 20, 2013
Final Exam: Monday, April 15, 2013
Cost: $1110

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EDS 051 50      “American Sign Language 1” “Summer of Sign” (2013)
Units: 3.0 academic credits
Dates: June 3, 2013 – June 7, 2013 (1 week of class time plus online study)
Monday through Friday 9:00 am until 3:30 pm.
Location: College of Continuing Education at Sacramento State
Cost: $1110

EDS 052 50      “American Sign Language 2”  “Summer of Sign” (2013)
Units: 3.0 academic credits
Dates: June 10, 2013 – June 14, 2013 (1 week of class time plus online study)
Monday through Friday 9:00 am until 3:30 pm.
Location: College of Continuing Education at Sacramento State
Cost: $1110

EDS 053 50      “American Sign Language 3”  “Summer of Sign” (2013)
Units: 4.0 academic credits
Dates: June 17, 2013 – June 26, 2013 (1 week of class time plus online study)
Monday through Friday 9:00 am until 3:30 pm the first week and Monday through
Wednesday the next week
Location: College of Continuing Education at Sacramento State
Cost: $1480

“Summer of Sign” (2013)  Total for all 3 courses is $3,700.

Registration Information: Call CCE at 916-278-4433 or (916) 278-6984
Curriculum Information: Email BillVicars@aol.com  (Director of www.Lifeprint.com)
Program Information: Call (916) 278-4813 or email: cceeducationprograms@csus.edu


Or you can call 916-278-4433 or (916) 278-6984 to find out the most recent pricing information. Call them regarding ANY tuition or registration related questions.  Also, the most recent contact information for the CCE program coordinator over this program was:  cceeducationprograms@csus.edu or call (916) 278-4813

 

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For more info,Visit Napa Hall or call the College of Continuing Education (916-278-4433 or (916) 278-6984) and let them know that you are interested in "EDS 52" (ASL 2) online through the College of Continuing Education. Ask them for registration information, tuition information, and payment information. Usually matriculated students can't register for such courses but if you tell them that the on-campus course is totally full and that you can't get in then they may be able to let you into the off-campus course. It is a bit expensive since the payment is separate from the regular on-campus courses but the credit is the exact same credit on your transcript.

Cordially,

Dr. Bill Vicars