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Self-paced Online Courses

Non-Facilitated Online Coursesmage

"Self-education is lifelong curiosity." ― Lailah Gifty Akita

This page contains a list of self-paced, non-facilitated, virtual modules offered by both VALRC and external providers. Please note that requirements for accessing and completing these modules vary by provider. For VALRC course offerings, participants need an individual account in the Virginia Learning Center (VLC) management system. Participants who complete and submit all required coursework for VALRC modules receive a certification of completion, that may be used as evidence of professional learning. Directions on creating a new VLC account can be found here. For more information, or technical assistance, contact VALRC by email at vdesk@vcu.edu or by phone at 1-800-237-0178.

The Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS) is a U.S. Department of Education resource for adult educators that offers professional development courses and modules, online communities of practice, resources, and information of interest to the adult education and literacy field. Users must create a LINCS account to register for and access these courses. Find more information on specific course offerings by following the links below. The Virginia Department of Education Dyslexia Awareness module can be accessed directly by following the link given. Please note that certificates of completion from LINCS and Virginia Department of Education modules may be added to your VLC transcript as evidence of external learning. Follow the steps in this guide to add evidence of external learning to your VLC transcript.

VALRC Course Offerings

VALRC - Adult Education in Virginia
This adult education overview was created as a resource for teachers, staff, and partners who want to learn more about the field of adult education in Virginia.

VALRC - Goal Setting Training
Setting clearly defined and meaningful goals as well as monitoring progress toward goal achievement are two of the most powerful factors influencing retention and persistence in adult students. With persistence comes success. In this training, participants will explore values and perceptions affecting goal-setting, ways to set meaningful short-term and long-term goals, and methods for monitoring progress.

VALRC - Introduction to College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education--Module 1: Introduction (Standards-based Instruction)
This self-paced, approximately half hour module introduces the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRS), explaining how and why Virginia adopted the CCRS and providing an overview of the standards' six key advances.

VALRC - Introduction to College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education-- Module 2: The English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) Standards (Standards-based Instruction, Reading, Writing)
This self-paced module introduces the English language arts/literacy CCRS, explaining how to navigate the ELA standards. The module reviews the key advances of text complexity, evidence, and knowledge and the standards' implications for adult education practice.

VALRC - Introduction to College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education--Module 3: The Mathematics Standards (Standards-based Instruction, Numeracy)
This self-paced module introduces the Mathematics CCRS, explaining how to navigate the math standards, including the Standards for Mathematical Practice. The module reviews the key advances of focus, coherence, and rigor and the standards' implications for adult education practice.

VALRC - Understanding Virginia's Adult Education & Literacy Assessment Policy
The purpose of this training is to familiarize participants with the assessment section of the Assessment Policy and Distance Education Policy for Virginia Adult Education & Literacy Programs.

Selected External Course Offerings

LINCS - Analyzing Student Tasks in Relation to Content Demands, Thinking Skills, and Language Use: Module Two (ESOL & Standards-based Instruction)
This LINCS module builds on Module One and focuses on the task analysis process in relation to content demands, thinking skills, and language use.

LINCS - Designing Contextualized Instruction (Career Pathways/Workforce)
Designing Contextualized Instruction helps teachers understand contextualized instruction and its supporting research base. It also assists teachers in discovering how to use the contextual model of instruction to develop Adult Career Pathways (ACP) courses, as well as how to identify and overcome common challenges in developing contextualized instruction. The course is self-paced and features three modules: (1) Understanding Contextualized Instruction; (2) Building Contextualized Lessons; and (3) Overcoming Development Challenges.

LINCS - Developing Effective Bridge Programs (Career Pathways/Workforce)
Are you a teacher beginning to develop a bridge program for your adult education learners? Developing Effective Bridge Programs can help you establish and implement effective Adult Career Pathways bridge programs designed to help your adult learners master the basic skills they need to advance to the next level of education, training, or entry-level employment in career fields that are in local or regional demand. The course is self-paced and features three modules: (1) Understanding Bridge Programs; (2) Laying the Foundation; and (3) Developing the Curriculum.

LINCS - Digging Deeper Into the English Language Proficiency Standards for Adult Education: Module Three (ESOL & Standards-based Instruction)
This LINCS module digs deeper into the ELPS using the last two steps in the four-step task analysis process that was introduced in Module Two. Click on the link to learn more about this training resource.

LINCS - Integrating Career Counseling and Planning (Career Pathways/Workforce)
Integrating Career Counseling and Planning into Adult Education is intended for adult educators, administrators, coaches, case managers, transition specialists, career counselors, and others working with adult learners seeking to transition to the next step along a career pathway. The course is self-paced and features three modules: (1) Career Counseling and Planning Programs; (2) Individual Career Development Plan Process; and (3) Transition to Employment and Postsecondary Education.

LINCS - Introduction to the English Language Proficiency Standards for Adult Educators: Module One (ESOL & Standards-based Instruction)
This LINCS module introduces the English Language Proficiency Standards for Adult Educators (ELPS), provides an understanding of why and how the standards were selected, and describes how they are organized. Click on the link to read more about this training resource.

LINCS - Introduction to Workforce Preparation and Employability Skills (Career Pathways/Workforce)
This course is designed for adult educators, administrators, teachers, and advisors who seek an introduction to the general concept of workforce preparation and the specific skills outlined in the U.S. Department of Education’s Employability Skills Framework.

LINCS - Workforce Preparation Activities in the Classroom: Contextualizing Employability Skills for Deeper Learning (Career Pathways/Workforce)
This course is designed for adult educators, administrators, teachers, and advisors who would like more familiarity with how workforce preparation and employability skills can be incorporated into instructional activities. It is recommended that learners also complete the Introduction to Workforce Preparation and Employability Skills course, which covers workforce preparation and the specific skills outlined in the U.S. Department of Education’s Employability Skills Framework.

VDOE - Dyslexia Awareness Training Module (Learning Disabilities)
This Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) awareness training on the indicators of dyslexia, as defined by the board pursuant to regulations, provides evidence-based interventions and accommodations for dyslexia.

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