EFF Online Courses Overview || Online Discussion-Based Courses

EFF Online Mini-Courses

Listed below are our 8 hour mini-courses incorporating standards-based instruction and assessment techniques, as well quality instructional practices. Focus is on immediately applicable techniques for specific content topics.Courses are designed to be completed independently within a two week period with subject-expert facilitator support and feedback. Click the subject links below, or scroll down to view specifics about each course.

EFF Online Mini Courses - Reading
  • Building Reading Fluency with Adult Developing Readers
  • Matching Purposes and Strategies (Skimming, Scanning, and Careful Reading)
  • Using Text Structure and Graphic Organizers
  • Vocabulary: Teaching Word Meanings
EFF Online Mini Courses - Math
  • Algebrafying Arithmetic: Developing Algebraic Reasoning with ALL Learners
  • Dare to Compare: An Introduction to Proportional Reasoning
  • How Close is Close Enough?: Improving Estimation Skills
  • Introduction to Statistics: An Introductory Look at Doing Statistics
  • Line'Em Up!: Linear Functions- Graphs and Equations for ALL Learners
  • Shaping Up!: Connecting Geometry and Algebra for ALL Learners
EFF Online Mini Courses - Writing
  • Standards-based Writing for Adult Learners: Getting Started
  • Standards-based Writing for Adult Learners: Transitions to Work
  • Standards-based Writing for Adult Learners: Transitions to Post-Secondary
    (under development
    )

EFF Online Mini Courses - ESL

  • Teaching Listening and Speaking Strategies in Adult ESL

 

Online courses are scheduled periodically during the year or can be requested for states/programs through the EFF Center.

green dot To request a course for your state/program, contact the EFF Center for more information

green dot To see what courses are currently scheduled, or to register yourself for a course, visit:
http://www.cls.utk.edu/register/eff_event.asp (choose EFF Online Courses 2010-2011)

Please read our Course Policies and Technical Requirementsbefore registering. Information about CEU credit for these courses is included.

*EFF Online Mini-courses can be offered to your program or system in a more in-depth, discussion-based format upon request - contact the EFF Center for more details.

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Building Reading Fluency with Adult Developing Readers 
This is a 6-8 hour mini-course designed especially for adult education practitioners who wish to explore ways to support adult learners in developing fluency in reading. Intended for teachers, this course is designed to assist you to:

  • Define fluency and discuss how it supports students’ reading with understanding
  • Informally assess students’ fluency to determine their instructional needs
  • Incorporate fluency activities into your everyday quality reading instruction
  • Target different aspects of fluency with specific instructional techniques

Matching Purposes and Strategies (Skimming, Scanning, and Careful Reading): Workplace Reading 
The is a 8 hour mini-course designed especially for adult education practitioners who wish to explore ways to work with students to determine reading purpose and to select appropriate reading strategies for that purpose. Although work-based texts are used as examples, the principles apply to other text types. Intended for teachers, this course is designed to assist you in helping students find ways to:

  • Set a purpose for reading by predicting or asking questions about what text will be about
  • Use three kinds of reading strategies– careful reading, skimming, and scanning- to meet the reading purpose
  • Choose and use purpose setting and strategy selection approaches as appropriate

Using Text Structure and Graphic Organizers: Strategies to Enhance Reading Comprehension
This is a 6-8 hour online mini-course that is designed especially for adult education practitioners who wish to explore strategies for increasing reading with understanding for their students. Intended for teachers, this course is designed to assist you in helping students to:

  • Recognize structures commonly used to organize expository text
  • Identify graphic organizers that assist in illustrating and analyzing particular text structures
  • Teach adult learners to Read With Understanding more effectively by:
    • Identifying text structures using signal words
    • Analyzing text structures using graphic organizers

Vocabulary: Teaching Word Meanings 
This is a 8 hour mini-course designed especially for adult education practitioners who wish to explore ways to work with students to build and assess their knowledge of word meanings. Intended for teachers, this course is designed to assist you in gaining new concepts and tools to:

  • Select appropriate vocabulary for instruction
  • Introduce new word meanings to students
  • Support students in building their understandings of word meanings over time
  • Assess student understanding of word meanings
  • Regularly review word meanings with students

*EFF Online Mini-courses can be offered to your program or system in a more in-depth, discussion-based format upon request - contact the EFF Center for more details.

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Algebrafying Arithmetic: Developing Algebraic Reasoning with ALL Learners
This is a 8-hour mini-course designed especially for adult education practitioners who wish to build a stronger foundation in mathematics for their students and themselves. Intended for teachers, this course is designed to assist you to:

  • Be comfortable introducing algebraic reasoning to adult learners at ALL educational levels
  • Gain some simple strategies for ‘algebrafying’ arithmetic that you can use with your students, such as:
    • Explaining key number properties through real-life examples
    • Using in-out tables to explore patterns
    • Exploring number relationships via the ‘equals’ sign (=)

Dare to Compare: An Introduction to Proportional Reasoning
Intended for teachers, this course is designed to build a stronger foundation in proportional concepts and relationships - for your students and yourself.  By the end of the course we hope you will:

  • Be comfortable introducing proportional reasoning to adult learners at ALL educational levels
  • Have a better understanding yourself of how proportional reasoning develops over time
  • Gain some simple strategies that you can use with your students, such as:
    • Using manipulatives and visuals to introduce proportional reasoning
    • Developing tables of proportions
    • Looking across and within proportions
    • Graphing proportions

Recommendation: Completion of the Algebrafying Arithmetic online course, or equivalent.

How Close is Close Enough?: Improving Estimation Skills
Intended for teachers, this course is designed to build a stronger foundation in estimation concepts and skills - for your students and yourself. By the end of the course we hope you will:

  • Be comfortable introducing estimation to adult learners at ALL educational levels
  • Increase your understanding of how estimation supports the development of number sense
  • Gain some strategies for estimation that you can share with/teach your students, such as:
    • When to estimate (before, during, and/or after computation)
    • Determining how exact their estimate/answer needs to be
    • Methods for matching estimation strategy(ies) to best fit the situation
    • Applications of estimation in every day, “real-life” situations

Introduction to Statistics: An Introductory Look at Doing Statistics
This is a 8 hour online mini-course that is designed especially for adult education practitioners who wish to build a stronger foundation in mathematics for their students and themselves. Intended for teachers, this course is designed to assist you to:

  • Be able to describe the process for “doing statistics”
  • Be comfortable introducing statistics to adult learners at ALL educational levels
  • Have strategies for teaching key elements statistics.
  • Be able to assist your students to be critical consumers of statistics

Line'Em Up!: Linear Functions- Graphs and Equations for ALL Learners
This is a 8 hour online mini-course that is designed especially for adult education practitioners who wish to build a stronger foundation in mathematics for their students and themselves. Intended for teachers, this course is designed to assist you to:

  • Be comfortable introducing concepts like functions, linear equations, and the coordinate plane to adult learners at ALL educational levels
  • Be able to help learners describe functions using examples from their own experiences
  • Gain some strategies to assist your students in:
    • Making connections among different representations of a function, particularly in-out tables, graphs, and equations
    • Deriving equations from patterns in in-out tables and graphs

Recommendation: Completion of the Algebrafying Arithmetic online course, or equivalent.

Shaping Up!: Connecting Geometry and Algebra for ALL Learners
This is a 8 hour online mini-course that is designed especially for adult education practitioners who wish to build a stronger foundation in mathematics for their students and themselves. Intended for teachers, this course is designed to assist you to:

  • Be comfortable introducing geometric concepts like similarity, congruence, perimeter and area to adult learners at ALL educational levels
  • Be able to help learners see and articulate connections between geometry and algebra
  • Gain some simple strategies that you can use with your students, such as:
    • Applying geometric reasoning in real-world contexts
    • Using concrete and visual tools to make sense of geometric situations
    • Developing informal rules and formulas for perimeter and area of rectangles and triangles

Recommendation: Completion of the Algebrafying Arithmetic online course, or equivalent.

*EFF Online Mini-courses can be offered to your program or system in a more in-depth, discussion-based format upon request - contact the EFF Center for more details.

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Standards-Based Writing for Adult Learners: Getting Started
Intended for teachers, this 8 hour online course is designed to introduce adult education practitioners to standards-based writing instruction using as an example, the Equipped for the Future (EFF) content standard Convey Ideas in Writing, and its Performance Continuum. By the end of the course, you will have:

  • Learned about and tried out some strategies for generating and organizing ideas for writing
  • Considered the importance of identifying purpose and audience for writing
  • Explored the writing process via a standards-based system (EFF's Convey Ideas in Writing Standard)
  • Reviewed examples of contextual writing instruction and the importance of writing activities relating to learner's interests, goals, and/or daily 'real-world' tasks.
  • Examined a performance continuum for standards-based writing and practiced using this tool to plan an contextual writing activity.

Recommendation: Completion of the EFF Orientation online course, or familiarity with the EFF principles and framework.

Standards-based Writing for Adult Learners: Transitions to Work
Intended for teachers, this 8 hour online course is designed to introduce adult education practitioners to the Equipped for the Future (EFF) Curriculum Framework for the content standard Convey Ideas in Writing, and its use in preparing students for the transition to work. Course materials assume that you have previously completed the Standards-based Writing for Adult Learners: Getting Started online course. By the end of the course, you will have:

  • Reviewed the EFF content standard for Convey Ideas in Writing (CIW), its Performance Continuum, and the 4 “strands” of the research-supported process it describes
  • Explored the EFF Curriculum Framework for Convey Ideas in Writing
  • Considered how this tool can assist you in planning standards-based and level-appropriate instruction with your students who are preparing for transition to work
  • Practiced using this tool to plan an EFF standard-based writing activity that will support your students’ purposes

Standards-based Writing for Adult Learners: Transitions to Post-Secondary (under development)
Intended for teachers, this 8 hour online course is designed to deepen adult education practitioners understanding and use of the Equipped for the Future (EFF) Curriculum Framework for the content standard Convey Ideas in Writing, and its use in preparing students for the transition to postsecondary education. Course materials assume that you have previously completed the Standards-based Writing for Adult Learners: Transitions to Work online course. By the end of the course, you will have:

  • Reviewed the EFF content standard for Convey Ideas in Writing (CIW), its Performance Continuum, and the 4 “strands” of the research-supported process it describes
  • Revisited the EFF Curriculum Framework for Convey Ideas in Writing
  • Considered how this tool can assist you in planning standards-based and level-appropriate instruction with your students who are preparing for transition to post secondary education
  • Practiced using this tool to plan an EFF standard-based writing activity that will support that will support 2 distinct writing purposes related to post-secondary education
  • Explored methods for integrating the EFF content standards for Read with Understanding and Listen Actively into your EFF standard-based writing activities

*EFF Online Mini-courses can be offered to your program or system in a more in-depth, discussion-based format upon request - contact the EFF Center for more details.

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Teaching Listening and Speaking Strategies in Adult ESL
Intended for teachers, this 8 hour online course is explores direct instruction methods that support adult English language learners' understanding and use of language strategies to listen and speak more effectively. By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Support students’ awareness of strategies
  • Identify and teach a range of listening & speaking strategies
  • Help students choose and apply strategies appropriate to their purposes for speaking or listening
  • Begin strategy instruction with low level learners

*EFF Online Mini-courses can be offered to your program or system in a more in-depth, discussion-based format upon request - contact the EFF Center for more details.

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