General Information about Learning How to Learn courses


Title: Effective Use of Self-paced Learning in the Classroom Environment

Author: Roger Wista

Abstract: The course introduces instructors to combine self-paced learning activities with traditional instruction methods in classroom teaching.

Course Objective: Learners will be able to incorporate more self-paced learning activities into their classes, and can create effective units that leverage the best practice of self-paced learning in both content creation and assessment.

Tag(s): self-paced learning, classroom

Title: Developing Student Skills for the Constructivist Classroom

Author: Colleen DePuy

Abstract: The first part of the course is designed to explain the purpose for using student-centered model of instruction as well as provide the teacher with information on ways to anticipate and respond to student objection; the second part of the course is designed to help students develop the major skills needed to work productively as an independent and collaborative learner when working in a student-centered classroom.

Course Objective: Teachers will be able to able to use student-centered classroom instruction as a teaching model and students will be able to acquire the skills to learn effectively in such a classroom setting.

Tag(s): student-centered instruction

Title: Preparing Students for Self-Directed Learning

Author: Scott Jill

Abstract: The purpose of this mini-course is to explore ways instructional designers and instructors can enhance the skills learners need for successful self-directed learning.

Course Objective: Instructional designers will understanding the characteristics of self-directed learning and learn how to foster the skills needed for successful self-directed learning and how we to prepare successful self-directed learners.

Tag(s): instructional designer, self-directed learning

Title: ARCS Model of Motivation Design

Author: Julia Kelley

Abstract: This course will provide the learner with a better understanding of motivation, motivation design, and the four major components of John Kellers model of motivation design.

Course Objective: Upon completion of this course the learner should be able to demonstrate an understanding of ARCS model of motivation design by providing examples of its use and strategies to better promote effective student learning in the classroom.

Tag(s): motivation, motivation design

Title: Utilizing Graphic Organizers

Author: Anthony Traina

Abstract: The course teaches the importance and the use of graphic organizers in classroom settings for enhance students’ understanding of their learning content .

Course Objective: Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to understand what a graphic organizer is, create various types of graphic organizers, and understand how to utilize graphic organizers in the classroom.

Tag(s): graphic organizer

Title: Advance Organizers

Author: Kelly Fernandez

Abstract: This course teaches the concept and the use of advance organizers.

Course Objective: By the end of this course, you will be able to: 1. Define what an advance organizer is 2. Identify the purpose of advance organizers 3. Discriminate between advance organizers and graphic organizers 4. Identify the various ways in which advance organizers can be utilized 5. Utilize advance organizers to enhance student learning 6. Critique a lesson sample and reflect upon the use of an advance organizer 7. Develop a lesson plan that exhibits the proper use of advance organizers

Tag(s): advance organizer

Title: Reducing Student Stress Through Instructional Practice

Author: James Ranni

Abstract: There are three units in this course. The first unit provides the background knowledge of stress and its effects on students. The second unit elicits instructional practices that may reduce a stressful situation example. The last unit talks about evaluation of instructional practices being used to reduce stress.

Course Objective: Teachers will acknowledge that student stress can be a problem, evaluate the level of stress students are currently experiencing in their classes, analyze their instructional practices, and change instruction methodologies to reduce student stress and potentially increase student performance in the courses in which they teach.

Tag(s): Student stress, instructional methodologies, instructional practice

Title: Understanding and Integrating Interactive Student Notebooks in the Secondary Classroom

Author: Laura Bartlett

Abstract: This course seeks to help secondary content area teachers understand what Interactive Student Notebooks (ISNs) are, how they might be used in their classrooms, and what benefits they can offer student learning across the curriculum.

Course Objective: By the end of this course, learners should be familiar enough with ISNs to be able to create and implement them in your own classrooms.

Tag(s): ISN, secondary classroom

Title: Before You Copy

Author: Hend Elsantaricy

Abstract: This course is designed for both teachers and students (8 to 12 years old) to take it together. The course brings in hand the type of information that is concise and focused on what they need to know while working with information resources inside the classroom.

Course Objective: Taking this course will help learners how to respect others work and at the same time protect your own work.

Tag(s): Copyright, plagiarizing

Title: Integrating the Arts into Education

Author: Ashley Pedrotti

Abstract: This course teaches educators how integrating the arts into the core curriculum can create deeper understanding. It also provides background knowledge on four art forms (dance, music, visual arts, and theater.)

Course Objective: Participants will be able to understand the benefits of integrating the arts and have brief knowledge on all four art forms. Also, by the end, course participants will be able to develop their own arts-integrated lesson that incorporates use of these strategies, for a topic and grade level of their choice.

Tag(s): Arts Integration, strategy, classroom, core curriculum

Title: Advanced Organizer Approach to Instruction

Author: Claire Miller

Abstract: An Advance Organizer is an instructional approach to curriculum that provides a thematic, or visual presentation of information. This method derives inspiration and structure from hierarchical concept mapping. Based on the principles of David Ausubel's Subsumption Theory, Advance Organizers are used to assist with the learning and retention of new and/or complex concepts and information by leveraging existing knowledge through activity-based instruction.

Course Objective: Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to:

Identify their own learning style and preferences given a set of learning styles criteria and their differences. Define and classify an advanced organizer approach to content design by describing its basic components. Identify the theoretical and pedagogical origins of this content design approach.Adopt advanced organizer approaches to content design in their own courses.

Tag(s): Advance Organizer, Instruction.

Title: Using Story Maps in Elementary Classrooms

Author: Mara Ciacelli

Abstract: This mini-course is directed towards student teachers as well as current teachers, with any range of experience, of elementary age students (kindergarten through grade 6).

Course Objective: Identify what a story map consists of. Explain the importance of using one in instruction to improve reading comprehension. State what type and learners can benefit from story maps and propose reasons why (placing a special emphasis on students with learning and reading disabilities). Distinguish where and when during instruction, as well as what content areas, story maps ought to be used in. Determine how a story map might be used and create an example situation to use one to enhance instruction for better comprehension of a topic.

Tag(s): Story Maps, Elementary School.

Title: The Importance of Sensory Integration in the Classroom

Author: Jessica Witkowski

Abstract: In this course, you will learn a variety of information from the very core of where sensory stems from, to how it benefits student learning and behaviors, to how you will implement sensory strategies in your own classroom!

Course Objective: The overall objective for this course is that you will be able to use the knowledge and techniques of sensory that you learn here and choose to implement it into your daily routine in your own classroom. As we work toward meeting this objective, you will be creating a reference guide to record the sensory strategies that you learn and take notes on how you think they may work best in your classroom.

Tag(s): Sensory Integration

Title: Effective Questioning

Author: Emily Zeh

Abstract: The title of the course I am developing is Effective Questioning in the Classroom. This course will provide an introduction to the way questions should be used in the classroom in order to encourage higher order thinking. The following questions will direct the design of this course: What is higher order thinking? What is the purpose of using questioning strategies? In what ways can questions be used in the classroom? What are the demands of questioning on the students and the teacher?

Course Objective: The intent of this course is to enlighten educators on how to use questioning strategies effectively in the classroom. Learners will be able to: List the purposes and benefits of questioning (Verbal). Identify ways of using and applying questions during instruction (Verbal Information and Intellectual Skill). Evaluate whether or not effective questioning strategies are being used (Cognitive Strategy). Recall the demands of questioning on the learner and the teacher (Verbal).Choose to use effective questioning strategies in the classroom (Attitude).

Tag(s): Effective Questioning

Title: Understanding Reflection: Using the Reflective Learning Journal

Author: Lisa Perreault

Abstract: NA

Course Objective: In this mini-course educators will learn the concepts of reflection, the Gibb's Cycle of reflection, and how to apply this information to facilitating students reflective thinking and learning. Educators will be asked to complete an individual pre-test assessment/self-evaluation. From this pre-test, the course facilitator is able to identify the target learners' characteristics.Educators will learn about useful reflective learning strategies to facilitate student reflective thinking, learning, and problem-solving.Educators will learn about the reflective learning journal as a useful learning strategy in the classroom or in the online learning environment.Educators will learn about the basics of the rubric for assessing the student's reflective learning journal and for student learning.

Tag(s): Reflection, Reflective Learning Journal

Title: Implementation of Layered Curriculum

Author: Galen Fellows

Abstract: Layered Curriculum is a technique that is being used by many teachers throughout the world to differentiate instruction all while generating a higher level of interest in the learning process among students

Course Objective: Allow students to use their own strengths to learn: Differentiate instruction ; Provide student ownership of their education; Increase the reliability of grading techniques; Develop critical thinking skills in learners; Allow learners to work at their own pace.

Tag(s): Layered Curriculum