active learning prof dev collageTSBVI is developing a series of free online courses on Active Learning that are offered for credit approved by ACVREP and Texas State Board of Education Certification for varying amounts of CEUs.  Check each course for number of CEUs you will receive when you have completed the course. 

ESCWorks Registration

You must register for each course that is offered via Bridge through the TSBVI ESCWorks registration site which tracks all of your training activities.  Follow the "Register for this Course" link under the course description.  This will take you to our registration system.  If you have not yet created an account in that system, you may need to before you can complete your registration. If you are new to this system you will need to create a user account and password.

Upon completing registration in ESCWorks, you will receive an emailed confirmation containing instructions on how to complete the course for credit.  Please follow these instructions carefully.


Within 72 hours, you will be manually enrolled into the coursework contained in Bridge by one of our staff members.  This enrollment will only take place during normal office hours:  Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  Once you are enrolled, a course invitation will be sent to your email from Bridge ("Course Invitation from  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) containing a link into the Bridge course.

To help guide you through this process, please refer to our video demonstration on how to complete the registration and receive CEU credit.  If you have any further questions, or are in need of assistance, then you may contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Course Listings

Principles of Active Learning

This self-paced course covers the basic principles of Active Learning, an approach developed by Dr. Lilli Nielsen of Denmark. This approach is used to provide instruction to individuals with visual impairments and DeafBlindness who are developmentally below the age of 48 months no matter what their chronological age.  Many of these learners have, in addition to visual impairments, significant physical, cognitive and emotional delays. 

The Active Learning approach emphasizes that all individuals learn best by active participation. In the earliest stages of learning (sensorimotor and early preoperational stages) it is this active participation which actually “wires the brains” of all human learners.

This course includes content from the Active Learning Space website ( which is a collaborative project developed by Penrickton Center for Blind Children, Perkins School for the Blind, and Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. 

This course contains the following content areas:

  • Overview of Active Learning: Broad description of Active Learning
  • What Is Play?: Play is the vehicle for learning for all individuals in the earliest stages of development. This step in the module will define "play" and explain why it is a key learning strategy.
  • Pathways to Learning: Each learner has a unique profile based on available sensory channels. Understanding what sensory channels are available to the learner is key to developing appropriate learning environments and activities.
  • Dynamic Learning Circle: All learners go through four stages of learning. Breakdowns can occur in any stage of learning and educators must learn to identify where there are breakdowns in this process in order to provide appropriate learning activities and environments.
  • Emotional Development: Learning is not only about cognitive and physical development, but also emotional and social development.  Understanding the importance of a learner's emotional development and how it impacts cognitive and physical development is discussed in this step.
  • Key Points of Active Learning: This summarizes some of the key points in implementing an Active Learning program for a learner.
  • Communicating with the Learner: This step discusses the importance of not interrupting a learner's process with unnecessary talk or interactions.
  • Five Phases of Educational Treatment: This shares information about how the adult should interact with the learner based on the learner's social and emotional development.
    • Phase 1: Offering
    • Phase 2: Imitation
    • Phase 3: Interaction
    • Phase 4: Sharing the Work
    • Phase 5: Consequences

Completion of this course will provide you with 12 CEU credits approved through ACVREP and SBEC. You must pass the course assessment with a grade of 80% or better to receive these credits.

Register for this course

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Functional Scheme

The Functional Scheme is a tool designed by Dr. Lilli Nielsen creator of Active Learning. It can be used for initial assessment and learning program re-assessment with children and adults with multiple special needs who are functioning at a developmental level under 48 months. The purpose of the tool is to create the best possible basis for developing an appropriate learning program for the individual.

The scheme helps to determine where an individual is currently functioning. Areas of assessment are broken down development steps as observed in an individual with multiple special needs. After determining a person's functional level, appropriate individualized programming can be developed using the best materials, perceptualizing aides and equipment, and phase of educational treatment.

The Functional Scheme helps the evaluator to re-assess the current learning program. The same functional scheme will be used to assess an individual throughout their lifetime. The evaluator can identify what skills are emerging, performed under favorable conditions, or performed spontaneously.

This course includes information on:
• How to complete the Functional Scheme
• How to use the results to determine an overall level of skills
• How to use this tool for the purpose of documenting child progress and for annual re-assessment

You must register for this course in order to receive credits.

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