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ASTL 5729/6729/7729 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

ASTL 5729/6729/7729 - Remediation of Literacy Problems K-8

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This course engages participants in reading, discussions and implementation of instructional strategies based on data derived from diagnostic tools used with students in Literacy IV. These students will be struggling readers in grades K-8. Issues related to improving student writing will also be presented and explored. 

Course Outcomes:

This course is based on the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) 2, 7, 8, 9, and 10 as well as state Special Licensure Standards 2-7 and 9-10.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  1. Evaluate the research regarding the effectiveness of various instructional strategies for teaching reading and writing.
  2. Determine effective ways of identifying student learning styles.
  3. Plan and deliver intervention strategies designed to meet the needs and learning styles of those individual students who have difficulty mastering reading and writing skills.
  4. Develop strategies for documenting learner growth and development in regard to reading and writing.
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

Teacher certification, admission to the TN eCampus M.Ed. program. This is the final literacy course in the M.Ed. program.  May be taken in conjunction with ASTL 5709/6709/7709.  All ASTL literacy courses must be completed prior to enrollment.

Course Topics:

Module I. Introduction to Remediation of Literacy Problems

Module II. Diagnostic Teaching and the Reading Event

Module III. Role of the Diagnostic Teacher

Module IV. Diagnostic Teaching Session

Module V. Gathering Diagnostic Data

Module VI. Formulating Diagnostic Hypotheses

Module VII. Assessment Using Diagnostic Lessons

Module VIII. Using Different Types of Assessments

Module IX. Selecting Materials

Module X. Selecting Techniques

Module XI. Tutoring Report and Case Analysis

Module XII. Final Presentation of Case Analysis

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. Students must also participate in online discussions through the digital drop box in the D2L course.

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:

You will need your case notes from Literacy IV.

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:

Students are expected to complete quizzes in this course. If a quiz is scheduled, it must be completed during the designated time period.

Grading Procedures:

Evaluation will be based on student performance and active participation. Assignments, discussion responses, and quizzes should be completed by the due date so that the instructor can provide prompt feedback and constructive guidance to the student.

Grading Scale:

Grading Scale Grade Range Assigned Grade

90 to 100% A
80 to 89% B
70 to 79% C
60 to 69% D
under 69% F

Assignments and Projects:

Assignments and Projects are found on the course web site.

Graded Assessments (Grades in this course are on a weighted scale)

Graded Assessments (Grades in this course are on a weighted scale)
9 Quizzes @25 pts.: Midterm- 50 pts.; Final- 50 pts.325 pts. (15% of final grade)
15 Module Assignments375 pts. (10% of final grade)
10 Online Readings & Online Lectures @10 pts.100 pts. (10% of final grade)
11 Website Explorations @10 pts.110 pts. (10% of final grade) 
11 Online Discussions & Reflections @10 pts.110 pts. (10% of final grade)
2 Tutoring Reports (25 pts.) & 2 Final Case Analysis Reports (50 pts.)75 pts. (45% of final grade)
Total Points and Percent1095 pts. (100% of final grade)


Class Participation:

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

Late Policy:

Students are expected to log in a minimum of four to five times per week. All course assignments, discussions, and examinations must be completed by the due date.

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 August 17, 2017