This course provides teachers with the tools they need for effective teaching strategies in today’s classroom, including classroom environment, setup, differentiated instruction techniques, classroom management, alternative assessments and modifications for diverse learners. Videos model different teaching techniques giving participants an opportunity to “visit” and observe other teachers in action.
To introduce course participants to American education, from its history and the governmental policies that has guided it, down to the actual workings within today’s classroom.
To identify the leaders affecting public education, including those considered innovators.
To discuss the development of a child, including the theories of Piaget, Vygotsky, Erikson and Kohlberg. To identify and address individual differences in learning and diversity in the classroom.
To discuss the scientific approach to learning, including the behavioral, cognitive and constructivist theories.
To identify the factors that influence motivation.
To identify methods to create an environment that promotes better learning.
To discuss traditional versus alternative methods of assessment.
This online course is experiential and interactive. Participants will complete workbook exercises and online assignments. In addition, participants will be expected to apply certain skills-building exercises in their own setting and report the results to the online forum. Participation is necessary for passing the course.
Upon completion of the course, students can decide if they would like to receive credit and from which university they would like to receive credit. Please see University Affiliations under the Information Center for the cost per credit.
1a. The History of Public Education
1b. Classrooms of Yesterday and Today
1c. The Purpose of Public Education in America
1d. Events in the History of American Public Education
1e. Forum Exercise - Events in the History of American Public Education
2a. Leaders Affecting Public Education
2b. Defining the Central Role of Public Education
2c. Forum Exercise - Defining the Central Role of Public Education
2d. Innovators in Education
2e. More on Innovators in Education
2f. Quiz - Innovators in Education
2g. For Your Enjoyment
3a. The Development of a Child
3b. Reflection on the Child
3c. Cognitive Development
3d. More on Cognitive Development
3e. Quiz - Cognitive Development
3f. Forum Exercise - Cognitive Development
3g. Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development
3h. Quiz - Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development
3i. Vygotsky’s Theory of Cognitive Development
3j. Quiz - Vygotsky’s Theory of Cognitive Development
3k. Vygotsky’s Theory Video
3l. Quiz - Vygotsky’s Theory Video
3m. Cognitive Development Theory in Action
3n. Quiz - Cognitive Development Theory in Action
3o. Social and Emotional Development
3p. Erikson’s Theory of Personal Development
3q. Forum Exercise - Erikson’s Theory of Personal Development
3r. Kohlberg’s Theory of Moral Development
3s. Quiz - Kohlberg’s Theory of Moral Development
4a. Individual Differences in Learning
4b. Diversity in the Classroom
4c. Forum Exercise - Diversity in the Classroom
4d. Forum Exercise - Diversity in the Classroom
4e. Learning Styles
4f. Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence Theory
4g. Quiz - Visual, Auditory, and Tactile/Kinesthetic Learners
4h. Visual, Auditory, and Tactile/Kinesthetic Learners
4i. Quiz - Visual, Auditory, and Tactile/Kinesthetic Learners
4j. Lesson Plan Adaptation
4k. Forum Exercise - Diversity in the Classroom
4l. Varying Abilities in the Classroom
4m. Are You Ready to Address Learner Differences in the Classroom?
4n. Forum Exercise - Are You Ready to Address Learner Differences
in the Classroom?
5a. The Scientific Approach to Learning
5b. Behaviorist Theories of Learning
5c. Classical Conditioning
5d. Quiz - Classical Conditioning
5e. Operant Conditioning
5f. Quiz - Operant Conditioning
5g. Quiz - Operant Conditioning
5h. Cognitive Theories of Learning
5i. Quiz - Cognitive Theories of Learning
5j. Constructivist Theories of Learning
5k. Quiz - Constructivist Theories of Learning
5l. Combining Theories
6b. Teachers in Action
6c. Individual Factors Influencing Motivation
6d. Intrinsic vs. Extrinsic Motivation
6e. Quiz - Intrinsic vs. Extrinsic Motivation
6f. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Theory
6g. Quiz - Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Theory
6h. Attribution Theory
6i. Forum Exercise - Attribution Theory
6j. Expectancy x Value Theory
6k. Quiz - Expectancy x Value Theory
7a. Learning Environments
7b. The Teacher in Action
7c. Part I—Classroom Management
7d. Classroom Set-up
7e. Desk Arrangements
7g. Forum Exercise – Centers
7h. Bulletin Boards
7i. Personal Touches
7j. Forum Exercise – Personal Touches
7l. Quiz – Organization
7m. Forum Exercise - Organization
7n. Rules and Procedures
7o. Creating Rules and Procedures
7p. Following the Rules and Procedures
7q. Quiz - Following the Rules and Procedures
7s. Part II—Instructional Methods
7t. The Teacher’s Knowledge of the Subject Matter
7u. Lesson Planning
7v. Quiz - Lesson Planning
7w. Presentation of Material
8b. What is Assessment?
8c. Forum Exercise - What is Assessment?
8d. Traditional Testing
8e. Using Tests For Assessment
8f. Points of View on Classroom Testing
8g. Alternative Assessments
8h. Techniques of Alternative Assessment
8i. Forum Exercise - Techniques of Alternative Assessment
8j. The Use of Rubrics
8k. Points of View on Alternative Assessment
8l. Forum Exercise - Points of View on Alternative Assessment
8m. The Growing Importance of Assessment
8n. Your Assessment