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Student Responsibility for Learning
October 23, 2018 - December 31, 2285
Responsibility for learning belongs to the student. Cultivating responsible learners requires developmental awareness, content mastery, and the implementation of class-wide systems that hold students accountable without the consequences being personal, emotional, or reactive. Through the activities, interactions, and reflections in this course, teachers learn to model responsibility and organization, and to motivate and hold students accountable for their learning and behavior. Understand and practice effective strategies for helping your students recognize their responsibility to themselves and others by making healthy choices, taking responsibility for their actions and reactions, and cultivating a growth mindset.
Student Responsibility for Learning

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Professional development
  • Self-paced, asynchronous, start any time
  • 10 hours of learning, includes full lifetime access to course discussions and materials
  • Certified badge (micro-credential) awarded upon successful completion of final project
Competencies addressed

As a result of completing the assigned readings, viewing the video segments, and engaging in the related discussion and activities, you will be able to:

  • List actions that demonstrate responsibility and assess ways that you, as a teacher, can model these actions for your students.
  • Identify areas that can be turned over to students to support ownership of learning.
  • Incorporate more student choice to support responsible behavior within a standards-based classroom.
  • Use strategies for strengthening relationships between students and teachers, students and parents, students and peers, and students and self.
  • Implement various research-based motivational strategies into your classroom.
  • Identify developmentally appropriate strategies for student organization.
Standards met

Meets InTASC professional standards for the licensing of new teachers.


  • “The Learner and Learning. Teachers promote learners’ acceptance of responsibility for their own learning and collaborate with them to ensure the effective design and implementation of both self-directed and collaborative learning.” Includes Standard #1, Learner Development; Standard #2, Learning Differences; and Standard #3, Learning Environments.
  • “Professional Responsibility. Teachers must engage in meaningful and intensive professional learning and self-renewal by regularly examining practice through ongoing study, self-reflection, and collaboration.” Includes Standard #9, Professional Learning and Ethical Practice; and Standard #10, Leadership and Collaboration.
  • Any K–12 teacher can take this course (no prior knowledge or actual classroom experience is required).
  • Access to Internet on mobile device or computer. No purchase of additional materials needed.
  • Review and engagement of all content material included in the course, in the sequence presented.
  • Successful completion of final project.
Content and format
  • 6 research-based modules, each taking roughly 90 minutes to complete:
    Responsibility: The Basics
    Responsibility and Motivation
    Responsibility and Choice
    Responsibility and Relationships
    Responsibility and Organization
    Responsibility and Accountability
  • Associated activities to test your knowledge of each module
  • Final project: This final product consists of three parts (building on pieces created throughout the course): (a) Write a self-assessment of your responsibility philosophy; (b) rework a previous assignment into one that promotes student choice, implement it in class, and write a reflection on the process and results; and (c) implement a student-led parent conference and write a reflection on the process.
About the author

Dr. Lisa Maxwell Arter is Assistant Professor of English and coordinator of the English Education program at Southern Utah University in Cedar City. She has written for the New Teacher Advocate and has presented on the topic of getting students organized and responsible for their own work.