Educator Courses

Designing for Online Learning: Student Agency

  • Dates

    October 12 - 16, 2020
  • Cost for members

  • Cost for non-members


    Registration closes October 8 at 7pm ET. Please see our full menu of educator courses in the Designing for Online Learning Series here. Please register for any of our courses here.

    Course Description

    Designing for Online Learning: Student Agency is a one-week course for educators who want to learn how to foster learning experiences that help students to develop and exercise agency. As is true in any learning environment, and especially online, learners who understand the goals they are working toward, the support systems available to them, and the work they need to complete are equipped to thrive.

    In this course, we will explore how to promote student agency in online learning environments. While synchronous connection remains important for building and fostering community, asynchronous learning can empower learners to work at their own pace, exercise student choice, and pursue personalized pathways.

    Participants will explore resources and tools to effectively design for student agency in online learning through prioritizing clarity of learning goals and navigation as well as flexibility and support.

    The course has four modules:

    1. Introduction: What is student agency? How might online learning spaces be designed to promote student agency?
    2. Pace and Choice: How might online learning allow students to work at their own pace? In what ways can students demonstrate choice in both when they learn and how they demonstrate their learning?
    3. Student Voice: How might students take ownership over their own learning, making decisions about what to learn?
    4. Student Support: How might educators design for greater support for students, ensuring flexibility and equity in online spaces?

    What to expect

    Click on our short video below to hear us address some of the frequently asked questions and learn what to expect if you are taking a course with us this summer.


    What to Expect When Taking a GOA Professional Learning Course: Summer 2020

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How much time should I expect to spend in the course?

    We anticipate 45-60 minutes each day of the course, Monday through Friday, or about 3-5 hours. We will keep the course open after the course ends so that educators can continue to use the resources.

    When does this course start and when does it end?

    The course opens on Monday October 12 and closes Friday October 16. The course will remain open for three weeks in total.

    When should I register?

    Now. Registration will close once we are full. We expect high demand and will offer the course again if necessary. Please do not delay in registering. If you register and then CANNOT attend, let us know, and we can then offer your place to another educator.

    What technological requirements does this course have?

    This course will take place in GOA’s Canvas instance. It’s very likely your existing set-up has all of the specifications you need to participate. For a precise list see here. Also, please note as of March 2020, Canvas is not supported in Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria, and the region of Crimea.

    What additional resources for school closure and online learning are available?

    Please see GOA's COVID-19 Resource page for the most up to date resources.

    Have additional questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more specifically about how our courses work and what to expect. You may also email and we will try to respond to you as quickly as we are able.

    To learn more, see our publication: Five Design Elements for Rethinking School: A Toolkit for Educators.

    To sign up for additional professional learning opportunities, check out all of our educator courses.

    Follow along with us as we share insights, ideas, and updates about this course on Twitter @GOALearning and using #GOALearning.

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