University of Iowa

eLearning Dyslexia Overview Module

Family member and student using dyslexia overview module

The Iowa Reading Research Center offers a one-hour eLearning Dyslexia Overview module free for college students, in-service teachers, and family members in the state of Iowa.

Register to Take the Dyslexia Overview Module

  1. Go to
  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 account.
  4. Within the IRRC eLearning website, access to the Dyslexia Overview module requires an enrollment key, which is issued after you are verified as a resident of Iowa or college student in Iowa. Once the verification is complete, your enrollment key will be emailed to the address you used to register. Please allow up to 48 hours to receive your enrollment key.
  5. Log in to your account at, click on the Dyslexia Overview link, and enter your enrollment key when prompted.

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.

Interactive and Engaging Learning

The literacy experts at the Iowa Reading Research Center wrote and produced the Dyslexia Overview module. Participants may view the module as often as they like and can do so from any desktop or laptop connected to the internet. The following features are designed to be accessible and beneficial to any participant, no matter their level of knowledge of dyslexia prior to completing the module:

  • Engaging animated representations of real-life scenarios for students with dyslexia
  • Videos featuring experts in literacy, developmental pediatrics, and other specialty areas, as well as families with a child with dyslexia
  • Interactive text, visual, and audio content featuring quizzes
  • A posttest to assess for knowledge gained

Module Topics

Part 1: Introduction

Part 2: Myths

Part 3: Neurobiological factors

Part 4: Recognizing potential signs of dyslexia

Part 5: Features of instruction