CDFS/HDHS 202 Welcome Letter

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CDFS/HDHS 202, Distance Education


CRNs CDFS 202: 75095 & HDHS 202: 74256

Fall 2022, 12 week course

9/26/22-12/16/22 (late start)

Virginia Roof - Instructor

Welcome to 202 DE!  I am so glad that you are here!  As we move through the learning modules together this upcoming semester, we'll be exploring our own values, beliefs, and culture and how we can best understand children within the context of their families and communities (SCROLL DOWN to the bottom of this page to download a SAMPLE SYLLABUS).  We will all be pulling deeply from our personal experiences and sharing them with others to work towards a new understanding of family partnership and strengths-based community building. 

This course is entirely online via Canvas (, including all coursework (discussions, assignments, projects, and quizzes). There are no face-to-face class meetings. Keep in mind that this course will require as much time as a traditional course, but you will find more flexibility and be able to complete coursework during times that work with your personal schedule. 

Because this is an late start course, we will be moving at a brisk pace, covering the content of a typical 18 week semester in about half the time (scroll down to the bottom of this page to download a sample course outline & calendar). For this 3 unit course, plan to spend 10-15 hours/week on average participating in course activities (reading, studying, viewing videos, participating in discussions, completing assignments and projects, taking quizzes, etc.). Projects are a large part of this course, so please be prepared to work collaboratively and share your learned experience with your fellow students.  Some past students have found that they needed additional processing time to work through the course content. If you think that might be the case for you, please opt into the traditional 18-week course section.


Is an online class for you?

Are you self-motivated, self-directed, able to follow written instructions, and have the computer and writing skills necessary?  Take the following survey to see if an online class is right for you: to an external site.. Visit the following link to learn more about Distance Education at Cuesta College: to an external site..  Some frequently asked questions (FAQs) are answered here: to an external site.


Adding the course:

Usually several students drop classes in the first week, so even if the course is full, it is likely that you will still be able to add the course, using an add code from the Instructor. Unfortunately, when classes are cross-listed in two Departments (in this case, CDFS & HDHS), the enrollment system does not offer a WaitlistLinks to an external site. for students to use. You can email the Instructor beginning one week BEFORE the first day of classes to obtain an add code. Add codes will not be activated by the college until the first day of classes. If you have been given an add code, you must log in on the first day of classes to add the course. 


Logging in to the Course

Please make sure that you log in to the course on the first day of classes. If you are having trouble logging in, please contact the Support Chat Hotline or e-mail:  The Tech Support team at Cuesta is highly responsive & you will receive a reply promptly. Some easy fixes for log in issues:

  • Log in to the course from a laptop or desktop (vs. your mobile device)
  • Use a different browser (e.g., Firefox vs. Chrome)
  • Cleaer your cache, log out, close your browser & log back in.


Contacting the Instructor

  • When the semester starts, I am available online to answer questions and address any concerns using the Canvas Inbox messaging feature.   I will make every attempt to respond within 24 hours Monday-Friday.
  • If you need to contact me prior to the start of start of the semester, e-mail me at  
  • You are welcome to learn More about Me. Please reach out if you have any questions. I'm happy to help!
  • If there is an emergency, you may leave a message with our Division Assistant: 805-546-3263.


Required Textbook:

Child, Family, and Community. Rebecca Laff, Cindy Stephens, and Wendy Ruiz December 2020

FREE, available online ***Scroll down to download***


Course Description:

Examines the processes of socialization focusing on the interrelationship of family, school, peers, and community. Identifies the influence of multiple societal contexts. Explores the role of collaboration between family, community, and schools in supporting children’s development.


Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course the student should be able to:

  1. Utilize Urie Bronfenbrenner's Bioecological Model, to describe socialization of the child,
    focusing on the interrelationship of family, school, media, peers, and community.
  2. Identify the educational, political, and socioeconomic impacts on children and families.
  3. Introduce community resources and agencies designed to strengthen and support families.
  4. Analyze oneself, to gain personal insight related to family, life experiences, and cultural
    identities, and to appreciate the impact on relationships, attitudes, and points of view.
  5. Investigate current research and historical trends, regarding social issues that impact
    children, families, schools, and their communities.


Access to the Course:

  • This course will be available for you to view and get oriented several days before the semester begins.  I will be sending you a Welcome message and reminder to log in the first day of classes. 
  • When the semester starts, please log in right away so that you will not be dropped from the course. I look forward to "meeting" you online soon!
  • To log in, go to  and follow the instructions.
  • If you are having technical difficulties, please contact Cuesta Tech Support at or access support online here: to an external site. .
  • Be prepared to do reading in the textbook & complete your first weekly assignments in the first week of classes.


 Support for distance learning & learning Canvas:



This course is designed using an accessible Learning Management System and course materials have been created with ADA compliance in mind. If you have a disability and might need accommodations in this class, such as extended time on exams, please contact DSPS (Disabled Student Programs & Services)Links to an external site. at 805-546-3148 and email me to let me know so that you can receive appropriate accommodations in a timely manner.


College Policies

You can access the Cuesta College Admissions & Records Office for information on adding and dropping courses here: to an external site.

Please review the Cuesta College Student Code of Conduct & Academic Honesty policy here: to an external site.


Minimum Computer Requirements: 

You will need a reliable laptop or desktop and internet connection, as well as a Cuesta e-mail account (check your Cuesta email before the beginning of the semester for course updates).  Additionally, your computer needs to meet minimum system requirements to run Canvas, the web-based learning management system we are using.  Please visit the following link to ensure that your computer meets those requirements:

I do not recommend relying solely on a mobile phone/device to complete coursework. The Canvas Student app works well for viewing course content and sending/receiving messages. However, creating documents, submitting coursework, and taking exams may not function properly on your mobile device.

Thanks & I look forward to “seeing” you online, 

- Virginia Roof


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