Professional Development 1 Credit: Cognitive Skills: Understanding Learning Challenges

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“When a task is given in school,
why does one student take thirty minutes to complete it
and another only eight minutes?”

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EDUC 600
1 Semester Credit

  • Grading: A-F
  • Materials: Included in the course fee
  • Professional Development Credit: 1 semester credit issued through the regionally accredited
  • Instruction Mode: Self-paced, Asynchronous (Online Class), with instructor interaction
  • Semesters: Spring, Summer & Fall
    (enroll any time)
  • Enrollment: Start any time
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Course Description:

Self-paced Professional Development Credit classes incorporate online content, quizzes, interactivities and a Course Action Plan you can put to use in your work environment. Learning takes place asynchronously, at your convenience, and may be completed over a period of 4 weeks. Note, teachers looking for graduate credits, please check with your issuing authority about whether it will accept these online teacher courses for graduate credit.

We all know the brain plays a major role in learning, but few are aware of how. In a class where each child differs in ability to learn, it is essential that educators know how the brain is related to the process of learning, in order to help facilitate student performance. Such knowledge will also give the educator an advantage when faced with the challenge of teaching a child with special needs.

This two part integrated course equips educators with extensive knowledge about the process of learning. SECTION A, Cognitive Skills: Understanding Learning Challenges focuses on the skills involved in learning and introduces you to various techniques and strategies of identifying a child with learning difficulties and overcoming challenges. It also provides tips on how to make learning fun, challenging and different. SECTION B, Accommodating All Learners helps educators understand more about various learning styles, and how these impact the way a student learns. Gain knowledge about specific teaching approaches that can be used to reach and teach each learning style.

Objectives & Outcomes:

As a result of successful participation in SECTION A, Cognitive Skills: Understanding Learning Challenges, students should be able to:

  • Understand the need for development of cognitive skills.
  • Describe the structure of the brain, neuroplasticity and how we learn.
  • Understand the limitations of IQ testing.
  • Test for various specific cognitive skills in students, and identify areas of deficit.
  • Apply learning theories while teaching students.
  • Identify a student’s learning style.
  • Customize teaching based on a student’s learning style.
  • Train students with deficits in specific cognitive skills.
  • Modify training of cognitive skills as a student progresses.
  • Apply reading and comprehension strategies in the classroom.
  • Understand the basics of ADHD, Dyslexia, Traumatic Brain Injury, ODD, PDD and the cognitive implications of these conditions.

As a result of successful participation in SECTION B, Accommodating All Learners, students should be able to:

  • Reflect upon changes in teaching and learning.
  • Engage in activities that illuminate and stimulate brain functions.
  • Recognize learning styles.
  • Practice using the language of teaching and learning.
  • Identify as both teacher and learner.
  • Consider and examine their own personal learning styles
  • Recognize connections between characteristics and learning tools.
  • Examine characteristics of student learners.
  • Demonstrate understanding of a systemic, practical model to accommodate all learners.
  • Recognize how their own learning style impacts their teaching style.
  • Examine teaching and learning strategies to accommodate all learners with whom they work.
  • Consider how online learning activities might accommodate the needs of student-learners.
  • Extrapolate commonalities between theories and strategies.
  • Develop a plan to put teaching and learning changes into practice.


Special Instructions:

After registering for this course at Professional Learning Board, you’ll be directed to the University website to complete your registration and payment.


43 Reviews of “Professional Development 1 Credit: Cognitive Skills: Understanding Learning Challenges”:
  1. Jessica H says:
    Five Stars

    Course just what was necessary for me!

  2. Jenna F says:
    Five Stars

    I loved this course.

  3. Beth H says:
    Five Stars

    I really appreciated the links to research articles and resources that I can reference.

  4. Gilliam W. says:
    Five Stars

    This course is extremely informative. I am looking forward to my next course on ADD.

  5. Kathy B. says:
    Five Stars

    This was very informative. I look forward to using this information with my students.

  6. Maurice D. says:
    Five Stars

    Thank you!

  7. Sandra M. says:
    Five Stars

    Good information.

  8. Donna B says:
    Five Stars

    It was rich in content and I seriously enjoyed this coarse! Thank you!

  9. Janis B says:
    Five Stars

    Thank you. This was an interesting and very well put together course.

  10. Richard P says:
    Five Stars

    Nice job; quality was better than expected.

  11. Michelle M. says:
    Five Stars

    Learned a lot for this course. Very informative and applicable to daily teaching. Very good personal inventory and printable materials for use now and later. thank you.

  12. Andrea T. says:
    Five Stars

    It was great.

  13. Anita D. says:
    Five Stars

    Interesting course and easy to navigate.

  14. Angela K. says:
    Five Stars

    Great class! Excited to bring these tools to my classroom!!

  15. Michael C. says:
    Five Stars

    Good lessons...and info.

  16. Maranda R. says:
    Five Stars

    First course in a relicensure program. I'm very happy with the flexibility the format offers as well as the content in the lesson.

  17. Richard H. says:
    Five Stars

    Cognitive Skills was an excellent and timely course. As a Special Education teacher with 17 successful years of teaching experience, I found the course engaging, flowing with content new to me, and exactly what I needed in the the areas of cognition. Bravo to Dr. Ken Gibson!! We need more academics like this. Dr. Gibson is down-to-earth, authoritative, and funny. I could listen to him all day.

  18. River K. says:
    Five Stars

    This option makes it possible to conveniently accrue needed pd credits when needed. The content was really strong, it was a much better training than I had anticipated. Even though I have been exposed to these topics and concepts previously, it reminded me of things I had forgotten and deepened my knowledge about these things, in addition to giving me new tools to use and making me think about ways I could apply it to improve my teaching and learning practice.

  19. Alicia S. says:
    Five Stars

    This was a great course. The material was detailed and I appreciate the hand-outs that could be saved/printed. I like how a few of the hand-outs showed the ways that research could be put into place practically in the classroom.

  20. Beth H. says:
    Five Stars

    The format of this online course was very easy to use.

  21. James J. says:
    Five Stars

    Thank you!!

  22. Nicole M. says:
    Five Stars

    Great course, nice review, with updated research included.

  23. Maureen M. says:
    Five Stars

    I thought this was a really interesting course. Very valuable.

  24. Starly.S says:
    Five Stars

    This course gave me the tools that I was looking for to help my students who needed me most. Very informative and useful lessons. Best ever.

  25. Manahalla A. says:
    Five Stars

    Thank you so much, I really enjoyed the course.

  26. Robyn H. says:
    Five Stars

    Thanks for making this so accessible and technologically easy!

  27. Nichole W. says:
    Five Stars

    Of all of the classes I have taken thus far, I feel that "Cognitive Skills" was the one that presented me with the most new information I had not learned up to this point. While some of it was review, much of it was brand new to me and I loved learning about all of the different learning styles.

  28. Megan R. says:
    Five Stars

    Wonderful and enlightening, thank you!

  29. Janelle M. says:
    Five Stars

    There were some great resources I printed and hope to utilize in my teaching.

  30. Jodi R. says:
    Five Stars

    Excellent overall, informative. I like flexibility of being able to break up five-hour on-line course and log on and off as needed to accomodate my personal work and family schedule. Gave option to start up again on last page where I left off. Video demos helpful and interesting. 3. Concern/suggestion- Had some concerns about a few casual references used during ""DEMOS- Skill Building"" portion of video (Memory - Visualization segment)...though honest, seemed a bit inappropriate? I would suggest editing these statements out of video if possible? PLB Administrator: Thank you for your suggestion. We have placed this video in the cue for editing.

  31. Karen M. says:
    Five Stars

    "There are a few typos on a few of the pages. Nothing major but they should be corrected. The videos were a little difficult to work at first but I got better as I progressed through the course. I loved all the printable materials and online resources. The course information is valuable and I\'ve already started implementing some of it in my classroom. Thanks so much for offering this course. I enjoyed it very much."

  32. Megan S. says:
    Five Stars

    "I really enjoyed how this online class offered so many different ideas to use in your classroom. The experiments were really fun!"

  33. Megan S. says:
    Five Stars

    I really do enjoy the set up of this website. I was very anxious at first about trying to find courses for my CEU credits. This site has made me a lot less stressful =)"

  34. Nancy H. says:
    Five Stars

    This was my first attempt at on an on-line course in a very long time. I enjoyed the lessons and activities. thank you.

  35. Rachel L. says:
    Five Stars

    Getting tech support was quick and easy.

  36. Janelle M. says:
    Five Stars

    It was a good course. Lots of information I knew but needed to review and update myself on.

  37. Rita O. says:
    Five Stars

    This course was very content rich. To have this information compiled in course was fantastic. Great course.

  38. Anika .S says:
    Five Stars

    Course was good. A little slow to start. For me, the most interesting portions of the course were the parts that were not required, like the PLSI (completing it) and the excellent article by Mark Prensky. I really liked the case study at the end; it gave me an opportunity to observe synthesis of the ideas presented. It made me think about my own students more so than the other exercises. Very convenient program. Thank you!

  39. Anika .S says:
    Five Stars

    I feel this is the strongest course I have taken so far, because it made the best use of non-lecture style (reading, since this is an online class) methods of delivery: analogies (very effective), video, and diagrams. Also, the resource list was helpful for future reference. I will use my lifetime subscription for this course b/c I will surely reference this material again during y professional work. Thank you!!

  40. Lynne R. says:
    Five Stars

    I found the concept of teaching ""skills"" versus the facts/how-to of academics interesting; I'd like to see it applied in the college setting I teach in. I will be looking into it more...

  41. Sheila.G says:
    Five Stars

    Met my needs! Thanks!

  42. Nicole L. says:
    Five Stars

    I was very impressed with the quality and the presentation of the content -- it made for an engaging and enjoyable experience

  43. Deborah H. says:
    Five Stars

    Great video content with this course.

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