Online Course Description – Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, and Dysgraphia

Understanding Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, and Dysgraphia

Credits:

  • 15 PDPs/Hours (INCLUDED)
  • 1 Graduate Credit (optional for a fee)
  • This course is also available in a 3-credit format

This professional development course provides educators with an overview of dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia, including well-established neurological research related to the development of reading, writing, and arithmetic.

This course will help you:

  • Understand the causes of learning challenges for individuals with these specific learning disabilities (SLD)
  • Explore related neurological research and theory
  • Gain awareness of other co-existing learning and social-emotional challenges
  • Learn general best-practice instructional strategies to support students
  • Build an understanding of the state and federal statutes that are in place to support students with learning disabilities 
  • Consider alternative views of learning disabilities by exploring cultural norms related to disabilities

The course is divided into six, self-paced modules:

  • Module 1: Defining dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia
  • Module 2: Neurological origins and manifestations
  • Module 3: Comorbidity and other challenges
  • Module 4: Overview of best classroom practices
  • Module 5: Special education laws 
  • Module 6: Reframing social perspectives

Each module will follow the same basic outline:

  • Reading of course content followed by a group discussion
  • A reading of additional course content followed by a brief quiz 
  • A viewing of additional resources followed by a related application assignment
  • An opportunity to submit concluding thoughts about the relevance of the course content

Specific Assignments*:

  • Pre and Post-Assessments: These ungraded questionnaires will be completed at the beginning and end of the course in order for participants to self-assess knowledge and application of course content.
  • Quizzes: The quizzes will assess comprehension of the content from the required reading.  The quizzes will be automatically graded within the course platform. Although participants must earn 80% or higher to move on to the next section of the course, there are unlimited attempts allowed.  
  • Discussion Posts: The discussions will require participants to post an initial response and reply to at least one other post.  These tasks will be assessed using specific rubrics.  
  • Application Assignments: The assignments in each module will require participants to apply their understanding of course content to follow the assignment directions and use examples provided as a guideline for format length, and quality of writing. These tasks will be assessed using specific rubrics.
  • Concluding Thoughts: These tasks require participants to briefly synthesize three key takeaways from the module and will be assessed using specific rubrics.

There is not a required text for this course.

*Note: There may be additional assignments and required materials for participants who opt to take the course for 1 graduate credit. 

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