Online Course: Work-Based Learning (Center on Transition Innovations, VCU)


Course Overview

Work-Based Learning: Changing the Outcomes is a self-paced course comprised of three online lessons, each focusing on a different aspect in the development and implementation of work-based learning activities for students with disabilities.

Lesson 1 - The Big Picture: Provides a broad overview of work-based learning, its importance, and reviews some of the laws that influence work-based learning for students with disabilities.

Lesson 2 - The Nuts and Bolts: Provides information on developing paid and unpaid work-based learning experiences in the community.

Lesson 3 - Fine Tuning Your Practices: Provides information regarding implementation and support of paid and unpaid work-based learning experiences in order to help maximize student outcomes.

Organization of Course

This is a self-paced course, meaning you can complete the course at your own pace. The course is divided into three lessons. You are to begin with the first lesson and work through each sequentially until all are completed.

Each lesson contains one or more video presentations, required readings, and additional resources. At any time during the course, you can visit the course 'web board' and post any questions you have regarding any of the lesson topics.

Course Requirements

To participate, you will need a computer with (preferably high-speed) internet access, Adobe Flash Player software within your browser, and a sound card with speakers in order to listen to the lectures (full text transcripts are provided for all lectures and multimedia).

Recertification Hours

This online training will take approximately 5 hours to complete. Educators who want to use these hours as a professional development activity for recertification will need prior approval from the school division. Each division will be responsible for designating the actual number of points that an educator can earn for participation.


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