The University of Iowa

eLearning

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Learn about instructional methods and other topics relevant to literacy instruction through the Iowa Reading Research Center’s eLearning modules.

Currently Available Modules

      Dyslexia Overview

      • Free for: All Iowa residents (e.g., Iowa college students, in-service teachers, family members).
      • $10 for: All non-Iowa individuals.

      Effective Literacy Instruction

      • Free for: Iowa in-service K-12 teachers and AEA literacy consultants.
      • $10 for: All others.

      Interactive Reading

      • Free for: Iowa in-service K-12 teachers and AEA literacy consultants.
      • $20 for: All others.

      Small-Group, Skills-Based Instruction

      • Free for: Iowa in-service K-12 teachers and AEA literacy consultants.
      • $30 for: All others.

      Varied Practice Reading

      • Free for: Iowa in-service K-12 teachers and AEA literacy consultants.
      • $25 for: All others.

      If you are interested in ordering bulk licenses for non-Iowa individuals to take modules, please contact us at IRRC-FrontDesk@iowareadingresearch.org.

      Register for Iowa Reading Research Center eLearning (for Iowa residents qualified for free access)

      1. Go to www.irrc-learning.org
      2. Click “Create new account” and follow the instructions on the new account registration page. If you are an Iowa college student or K–12 educator, please use your school email address to register.
      3. You will receive a confirmation email at the address you used to register. Click the confirmation link to verify your email address and set up your irrc-learning.org account.
      4. After confirming your account, log in at www.irrc-learning.org. Your account will have been automatically verified to determine if you meet the requirements for waiving the course registration fee for a given course. Some courses are available for free to all Iowa residents and college students, while other courses are available for free only to in-service K-12 educators in Iowa. Click on the link for your desired module, then click the “Enroll Me” button for free access. If you believe you qualify for free access but you do not see an “Enroll Me” button or you are directed to a payment page, please contact us at IRRC-FrontDesk@iowareadingresearch.org for help with your enrollment.

      Register for Iowa Reading Research Center eLearning (for individuals who do not qualify for free access)

      1. Go to www.irrc-learning.org
      2. Click “Create new account” and follow the instructions on the new account registration page.
      3. You will receive a confirmation email at the address you used to register. Click the confirmation link to verify your email address and set up your irrc-learning.org account.
      4. Click on the link for your desired module and enter payment information.

      eLearning Features

      Iowa Reading Research Center eLearning modules are written and developed by literacy experts at the IRRC. Participants may view the modules as often as they like for a full year (365 days) and can do so from any desktop or laptop connected to the internet. The following eLearning features are intended to help participants get the most out of their time spent completing the modules:

      • Engaging animated representations of real-life scenarios.
      • Videos showing the featured instructional method being used in real Iowa classrooms. Other videos include discussion from experts in literacy education, developmental pediatrics, and other specialty areas, as well as families.
      • Interactive text, visual, and audio content featuring quizzes.
      • A posttest to assess for knowledge gained.

      Meet the Professional Development Needs of Your School or District

      Are you considering IRRC eLearning modules for school- or district-wide professional development? We have several options available to streamline your group's access to IRRC eLearning content and maximize the benefit for your participants. Contact us at support@irrc-learning.org to learn more.


      Dyslexia Overview Module

      Family member and student using dyslexia overview module

      This module is designed to provide an overview of this reading disability, no matter the participant’s level of knowledge of dyslexia prior to completing the module.

      Certification for College Students

      The Iowa State Board of Education requires teacher preparation programs to address the literacy needs of students with disabilities such as dyslexia. To support undergraduate and graduate students as they increase their knowledge of reading disabilities, the Iowa Reading Research Center is offering students in teacher certification, reading endorsement, or reading specialist certification programs the opportunity to earn a certificate for completing the Dyslexia Overview module and earning a score of 80% or better on the posttest. Participants will retain access to the module and downloadable certificate. We encourage instructors to incorporate this training into their course requirements.

      Learning Opportunity for Educators

      In-service teachers and other educators in Iowa are encouraged to complete the Dyslexia Overview module to refresh and enhance their knowledge of this disability. The base of knowledge provided by the module will help them recognize when students might be exhibiting signs of dyslexia. The module also covers the important elements of a supportive learning environment for students identified with dyslexia.

      Knowledge for Families

      Families in Iowa with a child with dyslexia may complete the Dyslexia Overview module to gain a basic understanding of this disability. The knowledge gained may be helpful in advocating for the child at school and providing a common starting point in knowledge for families and educators who have completed the module.

      Module Topics

      Part 1: Introduction

      Part 2: Myths

      Part 3: Neurobiological Factors

      Part 4: Recognizing Potential Signs of Dyslexia

      Part 5: Features of Instruction


      Effective Literacy Instruction Module

      Teacher calling on a student in class

      This module covers practices identified in research that support the learning of all students. Participants will learn about the components of systematic and explicit instruction (e.g., using clear and concise language and sequencing skills) and how implementing the components can maximize the benefit of literacy instruction.

      A review of reading and writing skills that are developed across grade levels is included.

      Effective Literacy Instruction Module Sections

      Section 1: Introduction to Effective Instruction

      Section 2: Elements of an Effective Lesson (components 1-3)

      Section 3: Elements of an Effective Lesson (components 4-5)


      Interactive Reading

      Teacher reading aloud to students

      The practice of Interactive Reading cultivates younger students’ literacy learning through a teacher read aloud. In this module, participants will learn about oral language, including the importance of teaching and providing students opportunities to express their ideas through speaking. This module also covers the systematic progression of narrative development skills, how to apply the PEER (prompt, evaluate, expand, and repeat) sequence of questioning during an interactive reading session, and how to use a graphic organizer and Clue Cards to guide and scaffold an interactive reading session.

      Interactive Reading Module Sections

      Section 1: Introduction to Oral Language Skills

      Section 2: Narrative Development Skills Instruction

      Section 3: Instructional Routine for Interactive Reading

      Section 4: Scaffolding an Interactive Reading Lesson


      Small-Group, Skills-Based Instruction

      Teacher with students in small group

      This module will explain how to implement small-group, skills-based instruction in the recommended 90-minute literacy block. Participants will learn how to use the literacy block to explicitly teach using differentiation to target the skills that each student needs to improve, variation of instructional format, and a systematic approach to developing foundational literacy skills. The module also covers rules and procedures for students to follow to ensure efficient use of instructional time.

      Small-Group, Skills-Based Instruction Module Sections

      Section 1: Key Elements of the Literacy Block

      Section 2: Whole-Group and Small-Group Instruction

      Section 3: Typical vs. Recommended Approach to Small-Group Instruction

      Section 4: Preparing the Class for Small-Group Instruction

      Section 5: Literacy Block Phase-In Planner

      Section 6: Using Data to Determine Small Groups

      Section 7: Creating the Instructional Plan


      Varied Practice Reading Module

      Teacher helping students on tablets

      This module shows teachers how to use the Varied Practice Reading instructional approach for teaching reading fluency. As part of Varied Practice Reading, students read three different passages one time each. The passages contain similar words to be read by students in a different order and context through passage variation. Students work in pairs, provide feedback on each other’s errors, and set goals they can work toward to becoming fluent readers.

      Varied Practice Reading Module Sections

      Section 1: Oral Reading Fluency

      Section 2: Traditional and Alternative Approaches to Fluency Practice

      Section 3: Oral Reading Fluency Skills Goal Setting

      Section 4: Peer Mediation and Error Correction

      Section 5: Classroom Implementation

      Varied Practice Reading Passage Sets

      Digital Passage Sets

      Upon completion of the Varied Practice Reading module and passing the posttest, participants will be given access to digital grade-level passage sets for students to use during Varied Practice Reading sessions. The sets can be read on a tablet, laptop, or desktop device (students must be logged in by the teacher on each device through a provided teacher login). Words that are read incorrectly by a reader are tapped or clicked by a partner to provide feedback and collect data. Digital passage sets are for use on devices only (may not be printed per copyright restrictions) and are not provided as a PDF.

      Current Digital Grade-Level Passage Sets Available
      • Grade 1
      • Grade 2
      • Grade 3
      • Grade 4
      • Grade 5

      Printed Passage Set Booklets

      Please contact us at IRRC-FrontDesk@iowareadingresearch.org to begin an order of grade-level passage set booklets.

      Passage set booklets are printed on coated paper which can be written on and reused with a dry erase marker. 

      Current Printed Grade-Level Passage Set Booklets Available
      • Grade 1
      • Grade 2
      • Grade 3
      • Grade 4
      • Grade 5
      Printed Grade-Level Passage Set Booklets Pricing

      Iowa customers

      • $45/booklet

      Out-of-state customers

      • $55/booklet

      Shipping on all orders = add 6% of the order cost

      Order Forms

      You may contact us at IRRC-FrontDesk@iowareadingresearch.org before filling out order forms. If you are ready to fill out an order form, be sure to download the PDF to your computer before filling out and submitting via email.

      PDF iconVPR Workbook Order Form

      PDF iconRules of Use Agreement 

      Sets for additional grades are being written and will be added to the module when finalized.