FREE online course, Student-Centered Learning

LINCS is offering a free online course, Student Centered Learning: Keys to Motivation and Persistence, March 3–24, 2015 and are now taking registrations. 

This course originated in the Teaching Excellence in Adult Literacy (TEAL) initiative, which focused on evidence-based instructional practices. Teachers or tutors must choose either writing or mathematics as the topic focus.

They can only accommodate 30 participants per section, so they ask that only those who are committed to completing enroll. 

See the attached document for additional information for the current course. If you’d like to discuss how we might partner with you to extend the learning from this online course, please let us know

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

Course Dates: March 3–24, 2015

Registration Deadline: February 24, 2015


 Instructors: Writing: Kathy Houghton   Math: Amy Vickers

Online Course Format: facilitated, asynchronous

Estimated Completion Time: approximately 2 hours per week; 6 hours total

 Expectations for the Course: Participants are expected to read and post at least once in each of the course discussion forums; submit the required journal activities; watch recorded presentations; read the background readings and resource pages of the course; set a goal for their professional growth; and complete assignments and the final evaluation. Participants must successfully complete course requirements to receive a certificate of completion.

**Please note that participants must have an account on the LINCS Learning Portal prior to enrollment. To create an account, go to:,

Contact: Kaye Beall, LINCS RPDC1 Director,