Office of ABA Policies
This page is a reference for current and potential students.
Registration, Drops, and Withdrawals
Registering for a Course
- For ABA coursework, you must self-register either through the registration menu app in myUWF (for previously admitted students) or through UWF’s continuing education system (for new students). Degree-seeking students requiring financial aid will have to follow UWF’s degree seeking registration process through myUWF. Enrollment in each course is only guaranteed for students who are registered and paid.
- Please note: each class does not become active in eLearning until the Monday of the week the first class is held. Courses will not display in eLearning prior to that time.
- Students are responsible for self-registering for each course in the sequence. This may occur at various times during each semester, and students who utilize financial aid funding should register for all courses at the start of each semester. The office of ABA will email the information with course reference numbers at the beginning of each semester, and the course time information will also be posted to the UWF continuing education website.
- Students may elect to take a break from coursework. Students who plan on continuing at a later date should email the Office of ABA to determine future availability of the next course.
Dropping and Withdrawing from a Course
Once students are registered through myUWF, the Office of ABA cannot change enrollment statuses. Students must make changes through myUWF or contact the registrar's office.
For students registered through myUWF - To drop a class (must be done by the end of the first week of class/tuition due date or you must “withdraw” from a course):
- Go to the URL https://my.uwf.edu
- Once logged into your account, search for the word “registration”, without the quotes, in the MyUWF search box.
- Click on the Registration Menu app from the search results
- To drop a course, select semester, and follow onscreen instructions
If you registered through myUWF - To withdraw from a class:
- Go to the URL https://my.uwf.edu
- Once logged into your account, search for the word “withdrawal”, without the quotes, in the MyUWF search box.
- Click on the Withdrawal app from the search results if you wish to appeal for a late of medical withdrawal.
- Otherwise, you will need to contact the registrar directly in order to make withdrawal arrangements.
If you registered through the UWF Continuing Education Website:
- Please submit a written request to drop or withdraw to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Our office follows UWF drop/add policies. Students are only eligible for refunds through the drop/add period and any request for a drop must be received by 5:00 PM, Central Standard Time on the Friday of the first week of class.
- View UWF’s withdrawal policies here: http://uwf.edu/offices/registrar/registration/withdrawals-/
- Although our courses begin and end at various times throughout the calendar year, grades are posted to student records at the end of traditional Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters. Look for grades to post at the end of the semester in which your course ended. As an example, if your course ends in March, you will not receive a grade until May.
- At times, you may begin a course just prior to the end of a traditional semester. When this happens, your instructor must assign an “incomplete” grade until you actually finish the course. At that time, your grade will be changed to the grade earned.
- It is not possible to post grades earlier than the end of the semester in which the course ended. We understand that students are anxious to sit for the certification exam upon completion. Please be aware of your cohorts’ dates and plan for your final grades to post at the end of the semester in which your last course ended.
- Be sure to refer to your cohort’s schedule and be aware of the BACB’s Application Deadlines, as well as the UWF Academic Calendar for 2015-2016 to determine when you will be able to sit for the exam.
- The Office of ABA is not responsible for any fees paid to the BACB in error of when transcripts will be available.
- A passing grade is a “B” or higher.
You can find course descriptions (including syllabi with prerequisite requirements) at http://uwf.edu/continuinged/departments/applied-behavior-analysis/student-information/syllabi-and-textbooks/
For specific rubrics for assignments, please look under “content” in each course’s eLearning portal. If you have any questions regarding grading or how to submit assignments, please email your instructor. Your instructor also reserves the right to establish response costs for late assignments, in addition to the rubrics.
Online Course Structure
- The University of West Florida uses the eLearning platform to house course materials, assessments, and other resources.
- eLearning support videos for students
- eLearning demo for students
- Students may either login to eLearning through myUWF or at http://elearning.uwf.edu
- Below is a description of the eLearning features used in each course:
- Course Content – Includes all resources required to be successful in the online environment including specific course information such as the syllabus, course schedule, and course content relevant to each week. Students should look over these items before class, so that any questions can be addressed.
- Discussions List - Some assignments require that students post and reply to others in a discussion thread.
- Online rooms - Weekly links to attend class in Blackboard Collaborate, as well as archived classes from prior meetings are in this section. Click on the link that represents the current week. The link will become active 15 minutes prior to the start time. Some rooms may be open earlier and may remain open later than the class time.
- Dropbox - Assignments are submitted in the dropbox. The course schedule (posted in the course content area) specifies assignments and due dates.
- Quizzes - Midterm and Final exams are accessed in the quizzes area.
- Virtual Class is held through a conferencing platform called Blackboard Collaborate
- For an introduction to Blackboard Collaborate, visit: http://www.brainshark.com/blackboardinc/vu?pi=zFKz1cP7Fz35Sgz0
- To be successful in the virtual classroom, students need to use a computer equipped with a microphone (noise-canceling microphone is preferred) and speakers or headphones to hear the presentation.
- Some technical difficulties may occur with running Blackboard Collaborate for the first time. We encourage students to test the program prior to the first day of the course. For technical support, visit: http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Support/Support-for-Blackboard-Collaborate.aspx
- Blackboard Collaborate can be accessed on Mobile Devices via the Blackboard Collaborate app. Visit this link for setup information: http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Services/On-Demand-Learning-Center/Web-Conferencing.aspx
- Classes meet virtually on the Blackboard Collaborate conferencing platform
- Students have choices in attendance and participation: Students are encouraged to attend all live, real-time, class sessions. Live, real-time attendance is required for the first class session. For all other classes, students may choose to participate in live real-time weekly classes where bonus points are available for active participation. Active participation is defined as contributing at least (2) meaningful spoken comments or questions in the live class session and bonus points are defined as (2) points added to student’s final participation grade. There is a maximum of (2) points available per class attended. No bonus participation points are available for students that opt to view the recorded lecture in lieu of real time attendance and participation.
- If a student neither attends the live virtual class nor views the recorded lecture for each week, a 10% response cost to the final grade will be administered. If 3 or more class sessions are missed, this will result in an automatic (F) failing grade assigned for the course.
- All classes are recorded and archived for later review.
CBA Module Learning Series Requirement
The Office of ABA at UWF invests in the success of our students and alumni by incorporating effective exam preparation into our course requirements. Our required textbooks and materials for all courses include an online test preparation system accessed by enrolling in a one-time non-credit course. This one-time enrollment of $175.00 provides students 2 years of access to the CBA Module Learning Series, brought to UWF by BDS - Behavior Development Solutions (www.behaviordevelopmentsolutions.com). This is a $464.00 value, discounted for UWF students. This system has proven to be effective with a 97% pass rate on the BACB exam for students who complete the entire program to fluency within 6 months of taking the exam. The entire BDS test preparation program is incorporated into our course sequence requirements. Students who require more than 2 years to complete their coursework, or who want additional time to prepare for the exam, will purchase an extension directly through BDS.
Enrollment in the test-prep course will occur after class begins and the 2-year licenses will be assigned after the drop/add date.
The one-time $175.00 non-credit exam preparation course provides access to a 2-year license to the Behavior Development Solutions CBA Module Learning Series. This one-time material cost is not refundable once purchased.
Conversion from Non-Degree seeking to Degree Seeking Status
Students may take a maximum of 12 semester hours as a non-degree student and apply those credits to a master's degree program at UWF. That is, students may begin the ABA coursework as a non-degree student and apply for admission to the master's degree program for a later semester.
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