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ASTL 5706/6706/7706 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

ASTL 5706/6706/7706 - Learning Strategies and Instructional Strategies

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This course examines learning theories and studies their influence on current instructional practices. Students will be asked to reflect on the meta-cognitive processes involved in the decision-making phase of classroom instruction. The alignment of National Board for Professional Teaching Standards with personal instructional practices is questioned and will be studied. 

Course Outcomes:

This course is designed to assist students in:

a. Acquiring knowledge of how the NBPTS apply to classroom practice
b. Investigating learning theories and how these inform instructional practices
c. Appreciating the courses of action that make up instruction and how certain factors influence the process.
d. Understanding the relationship between instructional strategy, the skill or content to be learned, and purpose for learning content.
e. Identifying and categorizing various instructional strategies according to their impact on how children learn
f. Understanding how learning is encouraged and retention promoted through strategies that engage the memory pathways.

Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

Teacher certification, admission to the TN eCampus M.Ed. program and completion of ASTL 5700/6700/7700/ and ASTL 5701/6701/7701.

Course Topics:

National Board of Professional Teaching Standards

II. Factors that influence teaching and motivate students

a. Professional attributes and skills

III. Learning theories / schools of thought 

a. Cognitive, humanistic & behavioral

b. Brain-based instruction which leads to integration and differentiated instruction

IV. When to use various instructional strategy

V. Student diversity and differentiated instruction

VI. Effective and reflective teachers

Specific Course Requirements:

This course will be completed online, therefore, it is necessary that the student have access to the Internet frequently for extended periods of time. In addition, the student needs to have basic computer skills including the ability to browse internet sites, create documents in a word processing program, and upload and download files.

Specific course assignments are listed under assignments and participation. 

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:


Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Testing Procedures:

There will be no examinations in this course. The course assignments and papers will be used to assess learning.

Grading Procedures:

Work will be graded on the successful completion of the assigned course requirements. These assignments need to be submitted within the designated time frame. In addition, students will need to respond to discussion questions on a weekly basis.

Grading Scale:

100 - 93---A
80 - 89---B
70 - 79--- C
60 - 69--- D
59 and below --- F

The final paper will count as 33.3% of your final grade.
The two critical article reviews will count as 33.3% of your final grade.
The weekly assignments count as 33.3% of your final grade.

Assignments and Projects:

Reading text assignments. Text reading assignments will provide the background necessary to successfully complete the class assignments.

  1. Write critical reviews on topical articles self-selected from educational research journals.
  2. Complete a final paper requiring reflection based on their understanding of NBPTS to demonstrate their effectiveness as teachers.
  3. Respond to questions or comments posted on the discussion area.
  4. Follow the course assignments listed in the Table of Contents and due dates identified on the calendar.
  5. Create a graphic representative that identifies your five most used instructional strategies. Write an explanation that reflects on the impact NBPTS has had on the instructional strategies they use, and whether they meet the NBPTS standards. Please submit this graphic representative to this course Dropbox and submit it again to your ASTL portfolio located on your D2L homepage. 
Class Participation:

Students must participate in all interactive aspects of the course. You are expected to communicate with the instructor as a learning resource, students must check the course bulletin board frequently for announcements, and students must actively participate in threaded discussions.

Late Policy:

It is important to keep the dates all assignments are due in mind. Assignments must be completed by the due date. Extensions may be obtained in extreme circumstances if the instructor is made aware of the situation before the assignment is due.

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on April 28, 2017