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Student-centered learning places the student at the center of learning. This occurs when the student choice influences the content, the methodology, and the resources for learning. Like other teaching strategies, there are progressive degrees of implementation. For example, a teacher who chooses 100% of the content, the instructional strategies, the assessment, and the materials would be a low implementation classroom while a teacher who asks for student interest input, jointly develops assessments and assignments with students and incorporates a variety of strategies to support all learners is a high implementation environment. The goal of this module is to provide background information and tools/resources to support implementation.

Prerequisites: None

Contact Hours: 5

Course Competency:

  • Identify components of student-centered instructional practice.
  • Compare and contrast traditional classroom strategies andstudent-centeredd strategies.
  • Adapt or develop one lesson or unit to incorporate one student centered instructional strategy.
  • Reflect on how student-centered instruction can impact student engagement and your professional practice
Course Syllabus


Work through the resources provided below.  Already know the content? No problem! Skip to #5 and submit your evidence of learning from the provided Choice Board. Receive a Proficient or Accomplished rating (grading rubrics are provided for each module) from the instructor and you are awarded a badge and certificate of attendance. Graduate credit is available, as well!

1. Bell Ringer:

Let’s get started!  Complete the pre-assessment to help provide context and focus to your learning experience.

2.  Setting The Stage:

Watch Setting The Stage For Student-Centered Instruction. Consider the question of Marcia Powell, “If students could choose to attend your class, would they?”  student-centered instructional practices can shift students’ engagement and achievement by placing the focus of and responsibility for learning on them.

3. Play List:

Explore the resources provided below.

  • How To by Buck Institute for Education (be sure to watch the recorded Google Hangout)
  • Video – School Improvement Network
  • Edutopia Blog – How and Why with emphasis on technology integration
  • Video – Teacher-Centered vs. Student-Centers

4. Integration In Action:

As you examine the examples, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Does the lesson include student choice? If so, how?
  • Do the examples provide opportunities for students to collaborate? 
  • Do the examples shift the responsibility for learning to students? How?
  • If you used one of these, would students choose to come to your class? Why or why not?


5.  Choice Board:

Choose an assignment from the choice board to complete and submit as evidence that you have mastered the information and applications found in the course.  Refer to the Choice Board Evaluation Rubric and the Guidelines for Submitting Your Assignment to ensure your evidence contains the necessary elements.

When you have completed your evidence of learning, finalize the purchase process at the bottom of this page.


6.  Reflection:

Take a moment to reflect on the work that you’ve accomplished and where you will go from here.

  • As you worked through the module, how did you envision incorporating student-centered instructional strategies in you classroom?
  • How comfortable are you with using student-centered instructional strategies? If you could, how would you share with colleagues?
  • Exit Ticket – Show what you know!

Ready to earn your badge and get credit for this five-hour course?

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