Implementing Digitally Enhanced Student-Led Discourse in the Classroom

3 Units
Credit Validation

Course Description

Credit Validation for DoDEA Participants Only

This three-unit graduate credit course is facilitated by Erin LaMay and Chrissy Tovar. The course focuses on helping teachers define Digitally Enhanced Student-Led Discourse, identify when and where to use it in the classroom, and develop a plan for implementation. Participants will engage in 18 online professional learning discussions led by Erin LaMay and Chrissy Tovar, read books and articles on the topic, implement the practices within their classroom, add to a curated DESLD Toolbox of rubrics and lessons, and reflect on the experience with a culminating product. This course supports the Pacific East District’s goal, “21st Century Critical Skills,” which promotes collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking and problem solving by providing the backdrop for these skills.

Course Details

Number of Units: 3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for Teachers K-12.

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What You Will Learn

  • Enhance understanding of digitally enhanced student-led discourse and critique the common misconceptions by participating in deep discourse
  • Collaborate with colleagues to engage in discourse for the assigned reading about their own perspectives and those of other course participants to build knowledge and connect learning to their own practice
  • Design a plan for digitally enhanced student-led discourse within their own learning environment
  • Implement and reflect upon digitally enhanced student-led discourse within their own learning environment
  • Prepare the learning environment with instructional strategies that impact student achievement/stakeholder involvement
  • Collaborate with colleagues to create a curated DESLD Toolbox of rubrics and lessons


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Credit Validation

The University of San Diego’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education offers graduate-level extension credit for work completed in trainings, workshops, conferences, induction, credentials, and other professional development programs not offered directly by USD. Complete one of the above and a member of our division will help you earn credit for your hard work and dedication to continuing your education.

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