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Tara W

7545H I appreciated being able to use the time that was already given to training to further my own understanding and gain credits with the course. The course requires you to think deeply about what you learned and experienced which usually would not happen after a training the materials often end up on a bookshelf in the classroom until needed again. The course requires a lot of reflection on successes and findings gained through training and professional development.

B. B., Administration

EDUX 7340: Abnormal Psychology. I was able to gain a greater understanding of the most common mental health issues faced by people I come in contact with in my job. I am now able to better understand both the potential treatments as well as potential causes and effects of these issues. For example, I frequently come in contact with students impacted by behavior issues and it was helpful for me to be able to learn additional strategies in encouraging academic success with these students. My leadership skills have been enhanced because I now am able to be a better support for students that may be struggling with a variety of issues. I am also able to go into situations with a greater understanding of how students may be impacted by issues they face outside of school.

I. L.

EDUX 7600: Autism in Education. I was looking for an opportunity to advance on the district salary grade scale. While researching for the available courses to take to fulfill the requirements, I came across the CCC webpage. The choices of the online classes and the cost were more favorable. I am satisfied with the course and would recommend it to special education teachers and specialists in order to gain novice knowledge about Autism. My research on the topic led to more questions, which I investigated as well. I also developed a better understanding of my classroom practices, gained numerous insights, and took major steps in my growth as a teacher.

Luana B

EDUX 6055 Crafting Curriculum: Using Standards. First and foremost this course has been one of the most informative and detailed presentations of curriculum design that I have ever experienced. Although I have experienced other areas of curriculum designing, this particular course introduced and provided great examples on how to implement Backward Design, differentiated instruction and integrative learning in the classroom. The course also presented methodology and avenues of application and practice for the course taker. I learned a tremendous amount of information and was able to implement this information in my daily leadership work. I have recommended this course and the array of others offered to all teachers at my school and in the online forum where I blog.

Maria M

EDUX 7020 Teaching Foreign Languages K-12 Workshop The course format was very effective and user friendly for adult learning. It was also very convenient for professionals who need to manage their time between work and family responsibilities. Being able to work at my own pace was a unique opportunity to enrich my knowledge, demonstrate what I know, and apply what I have just learned. I really enjoyed watching the videos. It gave me the sensation of being at a seminar, surrounded by brilliant minds. It was very helpful to be able to pause the videos when I needed more time to write my notes, or replay the video to listen for a second or even a third time to a conversation, or part of a lesson. Having a variety of experts express their different points of view on key issues of Foreign Language learning was enlightening.

Samantha H

EDUX 7215 The Missing Link: Essential Concepts for Middle School Math Teachers I really enjoyed this course and would recommend it to others! The ease of use allowed me to stop and start videos, take notes and complete assignments all in one large chunk of time or skipping a few days between, and the material was entirely applicable to what I will be teaching and aligned beautifully with my curriculum.

Madison F

7185H This course brought me back to my high school teachings about geometry and then expanded on concepts that had previously been confusing to me. One of the things that was stressed heavily in this course was that all students have the capability to learn the mathematics that we are teaching, it just depends on how we present the information to them. This course seamlessly worked through how to incorporate vocabulary, prior knowledge, and scaffolding to students of all capabilities. I would recommend this course to all math teachers because we learn how much geometry we are using in our classrooms without even realizing it is geometry. This course gave me new ideas on how to incorporate more engaging lessons through better structuring and activities that promote understanding. The course also gives us lessons that can be used at any grade level with a little tweaking.

Marissa C

EDUX 6185 I appreciated that the course syllabus directly outlined the expectations for a three-unit course with suggested templates. Since the course is not offered in a face-to-face format, I appreciated that all of the expectations and directions were explicit and direct. I also enjoyed the fact that I was able to conduct my own research and read texts that were applicable to my own field of study, areas of need, and interests as related to supporting students’ literacy in the classroom.

Erin B

7010 I thought I took this course simply to get some new lessons to teach art to my students. Instead I got a broader understanding of what art actually is (not simply visual art, but music, dance, and theater as well) and what arts integration actually is. My goals for this class were greatly exceeded and I am excited to design lessons to integrate art into each of our units of study.

Ashley S

EDUX 7050 This was my first online course through Vanguard and I have to say that I truly thought the format was effective. I enjoyed the ease and pace at which I could complete the work from the moment that I enrolled in the course. I didn’t necessarily have to worry about a deadline and could focus on the videos, articles, and my additional readings. The best aspect of this online course was the quality of the video series. I was very thankful for all of the videos having a consistent theme as well as the teachers and students in the videos. The teachers were truly passionate and I gained numerous strategies from the videos because my students are within the same age range.