Active Learning: An Overview for Professionals Serving Students who are Blind, Visually Impaired, and DeafBlind - 32521

This course covers the basic principles of Active Learning, an instructional approach developed by Dr. Lilli Nielsen of Denmark. Active Learning provides instruction to individuals with visual impairments and DeafBlindness who are developmentally functioning below 48 months old, regardless of their chronological age, and learners who have significant physical, cognitive, and emotional delays in addition to a visual impairment. The Active Learning approach emphasizes that all individuals learn best through active participation. This course includes content from the Active Learning Space website (, a collaborative project developed by Penrickton Center for Blind Children, Perkins School for the Blind, and Texas School for the Blind. This session addresses Special Education Self- Assessment indicators numbers 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 18, and 21.

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Adaptive Physical Education Teachers, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Speech Therapists, Teacher - Special Education, Coordinators, Diagnosticians, Directors, ESC 11 Personnel, Instructional Leaders, Paraprofessionals, Principals, Teacher - Early Childhood/PreK/Kindergarten, Teacher Supervisors, Transition Specialists to Transition Personnel
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Participants will compare and contrast Active Learning with more "traditional" approaches, define "play" and explain why it is a key learning strategy, analyze how the Dynamic Learning Circle should reframe our approach to modifying instruction, and investigate how emotional development and communication impact learning. Participants will identify and describe the key elements of Active Learning and the Five Phases of Educational Treatment.
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