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This page lists all TSBVI e-learning courses currently available free of charge for professionals, paraprofessionals, and family members anywhere and on any schedule. Our e-learning courses are designed to be accessible to users of assistive technology.

CEUs are available for self-paced training on Active Learning, Bioptic Driving, CVI Assessment, and Deafblind Intervener Skills. Email Steven Landry, landrys@tsbvi.edu, if you need more information.

E-Learning Course Listing

This page provides a list of all TSBVI e-learning courses currently available for professionals, paraprofessionals, and family members, free of charge. (Note: Bridge registration links on this page are for Non-TSBVI Staff only. If you are a TSBVI employee, please email landrys@tsbvi.edu for instructions.)

How to register and claim CEUs for e-learning:

Step 1. Register in escWorks:

EscWorks is the system that records the CEUs that you have earned through all TSBVI Outreach training activities.

If your course offers credits, register for them using the link that says “Register in escWorks to earn credits for completing this course.”

You will see this link in the description for each course on this page that offers CEUs.

If you do not want CEUs for the course, skip to step 2.

If you do not have an escWorks account yet, please set up your profile here (please use the same email address for escWorks and Bridge).

Step 2. Register in Bridge:

This is the system that delivers and tracks your e-learning courses. Once you have access to Bridge, you can self-enroll in courses by clicking on the link that says “Self-Enroll for the course in Bridge” in the course descriptions on this page.

If you do not have a Bridge account yet, please complete the Bridge access form here.

Please use the same email address in Bridge as you do in escWorks. New accounts are set up each Wednesday evening.

Note: if you are a TSBVI employee, you have to log in to Bridge differently. Please email landrys@tsbvi.edu for instructions on how to access the courses on this page.

Step 3. Claim your credits:

If your course offers CEUs, please notify TSBVI after you have completed the lesson in Bridge. To claim your credits, make sure you have registered for your course in escWorks , then email landrys@tsbvi.edu.

How to self-register and get CEUs for TSBVI e-learning courses

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Course Listings

Read course descriptions and register for courses below. Courses that offer CUEs for completion will clearly display the number of awarded hours in the course title section.

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Foundations of Visual Impairment: Compensatory Skills

Topic Compensatory Skills, Foundations of Visual Impairment
CEU's None

Compensatory Skills
Four-part program covers: Braille skills and resources, low vision adaptations, description and tactile representation, communication and access

Self-Enroll for the course in Bridge

(Note: If you are TSBVI Staff, please email landrys@tsbvi.edu for instructions on registration)

Materials for Active Learning

Topic Active Learning, Materials
CEU's 1

Want to learn how to select the best materials to use in Active Learning environments? Would you like to be able to match materials to the learner’s skills and preferences and get ideas for creating your own learning environments? Are you looking for places to purchase various hard-to-find materials or find inexpensive materials to use? When you have completed this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand and discuss basic considerations for selecting materials for use in Active Learning environments and activities.
  • Gain ideas for materials that engage the learner based on his preferences and skills.
  • Learn about resources for acquiring materials to use in Active Learning.
  • Find examples of how material selection influences the activity of the learner.

Register in escWorks to earn credits for completing this course.

Self-Enroll for the course in Bridge

(Note: If you are TSBVI Staff, please email landrys@tsbvi.edu for instructions on registration)

Equipment for Active Learning

Topic Active Learning, Equipment
CEU's 1.75

Do you want to learn how the various pieces of equipment associated with Active Learning can be used? Would you like to understand why certain pieces of equipment should be purchased from an authorized dealer rather than be made at home? Would you like ideas for equipment that can be made at home? In this course, all of this will be discussed, and you will have opportunities to view videos showing the use of many of these devices. When you have completed this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify the major pieces of “perceptualizing aids” or equipment designed by Dr. Nielsen.
  • Compile directions for making various types of equipment for use in Active Learning.
  • Learn how to use various pieces of equipment (both things you buy and things you can make) with each student to meet their needs in developing motor, cognitive, social, emotional and perceptual skills.

Register in escWorks to earn credits for completing this course.

Self-Enroll for the course in Bridge

(Note: If you are TSBVI Staff, please email landrys@tsbvi.edu for instructions on registration)

Active Learning: Documenting Progress

Topic Active Learning, Documenting Progress
CEU's 1

We all know that documenting student progress is important and required by law. Are you puzzled about the best way to do this for students using Active Learning? Would you like some ideas? Would you like forms and resources to help you with student observations and re-evaluation of skills? When you have completed this course, you should be able to:

  • Use the Functional Scheme to document skills acquisition in your student.
  • Document progress in IEP goals and objectives for students using Active Learning.
  • Document student activity in specific Active Learning environments.
  • Develop a student portfolio for students using an Active Learning approach.

Register in escWorks to earn credits for completing this course.

Self-Enroll for the course in Bridge

(Note: If you are TSBVI Staff, please email landrys@tsbvi.edu for instructions on registration)

Implementing Active Learning

Topic Active Learning, Implementation
CEU's 1.5

Would you like to learn about Dr. Nielsen’s FIELA Curriculum and how it can be used to develop programming? How about getting ideas for how to organize your classroom and your student’s daily and weekly schedule? Would you like to see examples of how to develop activities and environments to teach both general and expanded core curriculum, or work on specific motor skills? When you have completed this module, you should be able to:

  • Discuss basic implementation strategies for using an Active Learning approach in school, home and community environments.
  • Share basic information about the FIELA curriculum and how it is used to structure activities throughout the student’s day and week.
  • Describe various ways to organize a classroom or school environment to better implement Active Learning.
  • Suggest activities and environments that match the learner’s developmental level, needs, and preferences and can help a learner to develop motor skills such as grasp, reach, balance, independent sitting, standing, and walking using Active Learning equipment and activities.
  • Suggest several strategies for utilizing Active Learning activities and environments to teach both general and expanded core curriculum content.
  • Suggest specific strategies for addressing the unique needs of a learner with cortical visual impairment.

Register in escWorks to earn credits for completing this course.

Self-Enroll for the course in Bridge

(Note: If you are TSBVI Staff, please email landrys@tsbvi.edu for instructions on registration)

Program Planning for Active Learning

Topic Active Learning, Program Planning
CEU's 1.5

Parents and educators often express frustration in developing the IEP for students who are using an Active Learning approach.

How does the Functional Scheme relate to present levels of academic achievement and functional performance (PLAAFP)? How do you write goals and objectives that specify an Active Learning approach, align to the general curriculum and also address the Expanded Core Curriculum? What about the older student who is in the process of moving out of school into adult life? Does Active Learning have a place in Transition Services? Does an Active Learning approach mean a student must be placed in a self-contained classroom?

This self-paced course serves two purposes:

  1. As a support to educational staff who must develop the Individualized Education Program for a student that meets the requirements outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
  2. As a support to family members who want to advocate for their child to have an Active Learning approach as a part of their program and ensure the Individual Education Program (IEP) is developed so this will happen.

This course shares information about the development of the IEP and discusses how the Active Learning approach may be documented in the IEP. Content that is covered includes:

  • Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance (PLAAFP)
  • Goals and Objectives
  • Supplementary and Related Services and Supports
  • Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
  • Special Factors
  • Transition Services
  • Placement
  • Alignment of the IEP with the general (standard) curriculum
  • Addressing the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) for students with visual impairments and DeafBlindness

When you have completed this course, you should be able to:

  • Advocate for an Active Learning approach to be specified in the student’s IEP.
  • Specify needed assistive technology related to Active Learning in the IEP.
  • Specify needed training for staff and family related to Active Learning in the IEP.
  • Specify in the IEP which Active Learning instructional strategies to use during academic and functional skills instruction.
  • Specify an Active Learning approach when developing Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and/or a Behavioral Intervention Plan (BIP) in the IEP.
  • Develop appropriate goals and benchmarks (objectives) in the IEP related to Active Learning.
  • Advocate for including Active Learning elements in Transition Planning.

Register in escWorks to earn credits for completing this course.

Self-Enroll for the course in Bridge

(Note: If you are TSBVI Staff, please email landrys@tsbvi.edu for instructions on registration)

Active Learning Functional Scheme

Topic Active Learning, Functional Scheme
CEU's 3

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 into development steps as observed in individuals 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.

Register in escWorks to earn credits for completing this course.

Self-Enroll for the course in Bridge

(Note: If you are TSBVI Staff, please email landrys@tsbvi.edu for instructions on registration)

FVI Course Information

Topic Foundations of Visual Impairment, FVI
CEU's None

TSBVI is proud to offer Foundations of Visual Impairment (FVI). FVI is a series of online courses for paraprofessionals and parents. These self-paced programs offer an introduction to evidence-based strategies which promote effective intervention for children and youth with visual impairment, including those with additional disabilities and/or DeafBlindness.

These 5 courses are designed for educational team members who may have had limited formal training in visual impairment, such as paraeducators, related service therapists, administrators, and general classroom teachers.

Family members may find useful information to help them better understand how to support their child’s growth and learning at home. The modules can be taken independently – anytime, anywhere!

Additional resources are available within topical areas for those seeking more depth in a specific subject.

These courses are based on individual areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum. No prior knowledge is required to participate. The length of each section varies: Some topics span several chapters while others are presented as a single unit. The hope is that each provides a foundation for interacting with a student who has a visual impairment.

Dr. Jane Erin, Ph.D. provided the original materials and vision for the range of courses. A group of TSBVI professionals with expertise in the field of visual impairment worked from there to create the final content. Reviewers have field-tested these modules to ensure accessibility and high-quality content. Each module includes slides, a range of activities to implement your learning, short quizzes, and opportunities to find additional information.

Please use the filters in this course catalog to find the following courses:

    • Educational Systems and Services in Texas
    • Compensatory Skills
    • Transitions
    • Recreation and Leisure
    • Sensory Efficiency Skills
    • Introduction to Assistive Technology
    • Independent Living Skills
  •     Family Matters

Email Steven Landry landrys@tsbvi.edu for more information and registration instructions.

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