University of Iowa

eLearning

Teacher in classroom with laptop

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

Currently Available Modules

Varied Practice Reading

  • Free for: Iowa in-service teachers.
  • $25 for: Non-Iowa in-service teachers.

Interactive Reading

  • Free for: Iowa in-service teachers.
  • $20 for: Non-Iowa in-service teachers

Effective Literacy Instruction

  • Free for: Iowa in-service teachers.
  • $10 for: Non-Iowa in-service teachers

Dyslexia Overview

  • Free for: Iowa college students, in-service teachers, and family members.
  • $10 for: All non-Iowa individuals

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 (Iowa Residents)

  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 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 (non-Iowa Residents)

  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.

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

  • Orders of less than 100 booklets = $70/booklet
  • Orders of more than 100 booklets = $45/booklet (35% discount)

Out-of-state customers

  • Orders of less than 100 booklets = $80/booklet
  • Orders of more than 100 booklets = $50/booklet (35% discount)

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 iconIowa customers order form

PDF iconOut-of-state customers order form

PDF iconRules of Use agreement 

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


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 Section

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


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)


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