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Facilitated Online Courses

The LINCS Training Catalog includes 20+ facilitated online courses that:

  • Are available entirely online through the LINCS Learning Portal;
  • Are facilitated by LINCS National Trainers; and
  • Embed opportunities for interaction and engagement with the trainer and peers.

There are two ways to access facilitated online courses:

  1. State Request: State staff can request a facilitated online course for an audience of practitioners in their state. Contact pdcenter@lincs.ed.gov to request a training.
  2. Open Enrollment: The LINCS Professional Development (PD) Center runs facilitated online courses for teachers and professional development staff.

LINCS Facilitated Online Courses

Teaching Excellence in Adult Literacy (TEAL): Formative Assessment [EB05VF (W) / EB15VF (M)]

Completion Estimate: 6 hours

Description: Formative assessment refers to both the formal and informal processes that teachers and students use collaboratively to gather evidence of student learning for the purpose of improving learning. Formative assessment occurs while the learning is taking place, as opposed to a summative assessment that typically occurs at the end of a learning unit or course to determine what a student has learned. Formative assessment is a process, not a one-time event; it is assessment for learning, rather than assessment of learning, as with summative assessment. You will explore strategies for conducting informal and ongoing assessments of your adult education students’ progress and use that information to adjust your teaching to ensure that all students learn. TEAL courses are available in both writing and math sections.

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TEAL: Deeper Learning through Questioning [EB08VF (W) / EB18VF (M)]

Completion Estimate: 6 hours

Description: Questioning is a powerful teaching approach. When teachers ask higher-order questions and give students opportunities to think critically and to develop deep explanations, learning is enhanced. Equally important as teacher questions are student self-questions. Self-questioning can guide learning and help students monitor their progress. This course focuses on both teacher questioning and student self-questioning. TEAL courses are available in both writing and math sections.

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TEAL: Differentiated Instruction [EB03VF (W) / EB13VF (M)]

Completion Estimate: 6 hours

Description: Differentiated instruction is an approach that enables instructors to plan strategically to meet the needs of every learner. The approach encompasses the planning and delivery of instruction, classroom management techniques, and expectations of learners’ performance that take into consideration learners’ diversity and varied levels of readiness, interests, and learning profiles. TEAL courses are available in both writing and math sections.

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TEAL: Effective Lesson Planning [EB04VF (W) /EB14VF (M)]

Completion Estimate: 6 hours

Description: Planning is critical in identifying appropriate action steps to help one effectively reach a goal. Lesson plans help instructors set learning objectives and they provide a road map by which instructors can organize content, materials, time, instructional strategies and assistance in the classroom. They also represent a way to communicate to learners what they will learn and how they will be assessed. In this course, you will learn some techniques to make the most of your planning time and maximize collaboration with your peers. TEAL courses are available in both writing and math sections.

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TEAL: Self-Regulated Learning [EB02VF (W) / EB12VF (M)]

Completion Estimate: 6 hours

Description: Self-Regulated Learning (SRL) refers to one's ability to understand and control one's learning behaviors. For a learner to do this, he or she must set goals, select strategies to achieve the goals, and monitor progress toward the goals. In monitoring his or her progress, a learner can determine whether a particular learning strategy is not working and he or she can modify the approach to mastering a skill. All of these activities, which can be customized to any content area, can help refine learners' attention to and confidence in learning and reinforcing specific habits, strategies, and skills. You will explore strategies for encouraging students to self-regulate their learning and for applying those strategies to the adult education context. 

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TEAL: Strategy Instruction [EB06VF (W), EB16VF (M)]

Completion Estimate: 6 hours

Description: Strategy instruction is a student-centered and research-based approach to teaching students how to learn. One of the most effective instructional approaches for adults with learning disabilities, strategy instruction centers on helping students to acquire the tools and techniques that efficient learners use to understand and learn new material or skills, integrate this new information with what they already know, and recall the information or skill later, even in a different situation or place. TEAL courses are available in both writing and math sections.

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TEAL: Student-Centered Learning: Keys to Motivation and Persistence [EB07VF (W), EB17VF (M)]

Completion Estimate: 6 hours

Description: Student-centered learning (SCL) is an instructional approach that focuses on student needs, allowing students to influence the content, activities, materials, and pace of learning according to their interests and needs. In student-centered instruction, the student is placed at the center of the teaching–learning dynamic so that information transmission is secondary to students’ needs, abilities, interests, and learning preferences. In this way, the teacher in a student-centered classroom becomes a facilitator of learning rather than a transmitter of knowledge. This course provides an overview of SCL as well as strategies for moving toward student-centeredness in adult classrooms. TEAL courses are available in both writing and math sections.

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TEAL: Universal Design for Learning: Addressing Barriers [EB01VF (W), EB11VF (M)]

Completion Estimate: 6 hours

Description: Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a set of principles for designing curriculum that provides all students, regardless of ability, disability, age, gender, or cultural and linguistic background, with equal opportunities to learn. Rather than a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching, the UDL framework provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that can be customized to meet the needs of all learners. This course provides an overview of the UDL framework and guidelines as well as suggestions for applying UDL principles to the adult education context. TEAL courses are available in both writing and math sections.

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Explicit Instruction in Adult Education [DS04VF]

Completion Estimate: 12 hours

Description: Explicit instruction (EI) is a well-structured and effective methodology for teaching academic content and skills. In addition to academic outcomes, EI is designed to enable learners to gradually take more responsibility for their learning with the goal of students becoming self-regulated learners. In this course, designed for adult educators, participants will be introduced the principles of EI and provided with both curricular materials and video examples of how EI can be implemented with adult learners. Course participants will also be guided through a step-by-step process to develop EI lesson plans to meet the needs of their learners.

Introduction to Assessment for Adult Basic Education [AS02VF]

Completion Estimate: 12 hours

Description: This online course is designed for teachers, program administrators, and professional development providers who want to understand the present landscape of assessment in Adult Basic Education. In this course, you will learn about the differences between and uses of diagnostic, formative, and summative assessment, identify your stakeholders, and consider which assessment type might best suit their needs. The course explores the importance of having students establish their own goals; and the alignment of assessments and instruction with student goals to meet students’ needs. The intent of this course is to draw on participants’ current understanding and practice of assessment, introduce new information, and provide opportunities for participants to reflect on and improve their own practice with assessment.

Open Math-Open Resources: Engage Adult Learners for 21st Century Skills [TL09VF]

Completion Estimate: 32 hours

Description: This course will help math teachers find quality Open Educational Resources (OER) for the adult education classroom, evaluate them for appropriate classroom use, and assess their effectiveness in meeting learning objectives. It will also provide teachers with ideas and resources for instructional strategies to introduce and engage adult students in learning math. Prerequisite: Open Your Classroom with Open Education Resources (TL07VS).

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Open Science-Open Resources: Engage Adult Learners for 21st Century Skills [TL08VF]

Completion Estimate: 32 hours

Description: This course helps teachers find quality Open Educational Resources (OER) for the adult education classroom, evaluate them, and assess their effectiveness in meeting learning objectives. It will also provide teachers with ideas and resources for instructional strategies and resources to introduce and engage adult students in learning science. Prerequisite: Open Your Classroom with Open Education Resources (TL07VS).

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