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The National Hispanic University Joins
MOOC Movement

NHU offers free online course supporting the development of young
Hispanic children



San José, Calif.—September 19, 2013—The National Hispanic University joins the massive open online course (MOOC) movement with the announcement today of its free, self-paced online course Roots and Wings: Promising Practices for Young Hispanic Children (Infants to Grade 3).

Developed and moderated by child development and bilingual education expert Dr. Eugene Garcia, NHU's Distinguished Professor of Research, the free online course features interactive videos, demonstrations and online discussions facilitated by NHU faculty experts who focus on how to support the healthy growth and development of young Hispanic children. This course will provide students with insights relevant to language, culture and family to positively shape a child's development and ensure they thrive at home, in preschool and beyond.

"Providing a free online course presents us with an opportunity to continue supporting our mission of increasing access to quality higher education for the Latino community and others who work in, teach in and interact with the Latino community," said Dr. Gladys Ato, president and provost of NHU. "Not only will interested learners benefit from this opportunity, they will, in turn, be able to help Latino children succeed using the tools, practical strategies and knowledge learned in this course."

In the Roots and Wings course, participants will:

  • Explore and embrace culture as a positive force in a child's development.
  • Help dual language learners excel with practical, research-based strategies.
  • Create healthy environments based on the roles family, culture and language play in shaping a child's development.
  • Work with fellow parents, elementary school educators and early childhood professionals to give Hispanic children the knowledge and foundation to grow and succeed.

Parents, early childhood professionals, elementary school teachers or anyone with an interest in the well-being of Hispanic children can register and enroll in this noncredit course. Participants who successfully complete all graded online quizzes will receive a certificate of completion, which employers may credit toward professional development requirements.

The free online course is available between Oct. 7 and Nov. 30; however, participants must register by Nov. 21. For more information or to register, please visit http://www.nhu.edu/freecourse.

About The National Hispanic University
For more than 30 years, The National Hispanic University has provided Hispanic students and others with access to quality higher education. Located in San José, Calif., the university offers a diverse portfolio of online and campus-based undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs in business, education, child development, computer science, criminal justice and psychology. Students are supported in a multicultural and collaborative learning environment that is based on Familia™, a personalized approach that fosters students' success through mutual respect and cultura. The National Hispanic University, a member of the Laureate International Universities network, is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). For more information, visit www.NHU.edu.