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Emily A. Jones

Committee Members

Patricia D'Ateno

Joshua Jessel

Daniel Fienup

Subject Categories

Curriculum and Instruction | Development Studies | Disability Studies | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Educational Methods | Social and Behavioral Sciences


extreme e-service learning, civic engagement, personal growth, undergraduate students, behavioral skills training, discrete trial teaching, ASD, telehealth


Extreme e-service learning courses in higher education, in which all components of the course including the instruction and service is provided online (Waldenr et al., 2012), offer rich educational experience as well as mutual benefits to the students, community and the higher education institutes. Very few studies have examined extreme e-service learning. We examined an undergraduate extreme e-service learning course in psychology; students learned through a virtual class and provided telehealth behavioral intervention services to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Utilizing mixed methods (quantitative and qualitative measures including student observations, assignments, and self-reports) and a mixed design (single subject experimental design and within subject pre-post comparison design), we found improvements across all facets of service learning: knowledge, civic engagement, and personal growth. The positive outcomes suggest the promise of extreme e-service learning courses involving direct service-learning activities.

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