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Winter 2018 Online Program

Winter 2018 online program dates: January 16 through February 13, 2018

Please see below for Winter 2018 online course offerings, descriptions, and session tuition and fees. 

APPLY for Winter 2018 (for new applicants) Deadline: January 9, 2018 

Winter 2018 Course Registration (for accepted students only) 

Winter 2018 Online Courses

Course NameDaysTimesDates
Python Programming (Grades 4-8) Tuesdays & Thursdays 7:00-8:00pm     

January 16, January 18, January 23, January 25, January 30, February 1, February 6, February 8, February 13

Biodiversity (Grades 4-8) Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:00-9:00pm      January 16, January 18, January 23, January 25, January 30, February 1, February 6, February 8, February 13
 

Tuition

Number of coursesTuition 
1 Course $345
2 Courses $621 (10% discount)

Tuition Payment Portal (for accepted students only)


Course Descriptions

Python Programming (Grades 4-8)

No, this course has nothing to do with snakes! Python is an advanced, multi-paradigm programming language that tends to be more versatile than C++ or Java. Students will work collaboratively and individually to create their own animations, games, tools, or anything else they can think of in a fun and interactive environment. Students will gain insight into the mind of a computer programmer as well as a basis for further education in software development. This course includes one hour of online discussion per day, twice a week over 4.5 weeks. Students will need Internet access to communicate via the Canvas learning management system.

Biodiversity (Grades 4-8)

This conceptual life science course is designed to enrich and extend the NGSS life science standards by exploring biomes through the lens of ecosystem operation. Specific species such as the whale shark will be introduced each week to highlight the importance of biodiversity to support the local ecosystem. Students will be challenged to consider how energy flows through an ecosystem’s food web and discuss environmental factors that could affect ecosystem operation. This course will address NGSS Life Science Standards 3-LS4-2 through 4-4, 5-LS2-1, MS-LS1-4 and 1-5, MS-LS2-1 through 2-5. Successful students are those who enjoy finding patterns in data, who are observant and inquisitive, who are not afraid to actively contribute to scholarly discussions among peers, who have a strong command of written and verbal English, and who possess a sustained motivation to complete tasks on time. This course includes one hour of online discussion per day, twice a week over 4.5 weeks. Students will need Internet access to communicate via the Canvas learning management system.

Course Requirements

Time commitment: 

Please understand that you have signed up for a "flipped" course, where you as the student are expected to view the unit content *before* the online class discussion session, which will be held in Canvas on the discussion board. You are responsible for being prepared for each class, logging in on time, and actively participating in the discussion board during your evenings every Tuesday and/or Thursday from January 16 through February 13, 2018. 

The first online course serves as the course orientation, during which you will get to know Canvas (MSU's learning management system), review course expectations and strategies for your success, learn about your instructor, and help us to learn a bit about you. To be successful in this course, you must have reliable internet access, and will be expected to participate each week. Plan to spend approximately 2-3 hours per week on coursework.

Technical: 

  • Computer with reliable, high-speed internet connection
  • Up-to-date Internet browser supported by Canvas, MSU's learning management system
  • Headphones, earbuds or speakers
  • Webcam and microphone
  • Adobe Flash Player browser plugin (Course elements may require Flash and will not work on an iPad.)
  • Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc,.docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)

Tuition Policy

Fall, Winter, and Spring Sessions Tuition policy: Full tuition payments must be submitted by the session’s tuition deadline. Student enrollment is confirmed only when completed tuition payments have been submitted. Incomplete payments may result in removal from the program. Notice of withdrawal must be emailed to giftedmsu@montclair.edu to receive a refund less a $40.00 non-refundable registration fee for one course and $80.00 for two or more courses. Such notice must be email timestamped prior to the first day of classes. If a course is cancelled by Gifted & Talented administration, participants will be contacted prior to the beginning of the session to choose an alternative course or will be refunded for the cancelled course. No refunds will be made after the program session begins.