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Cognitive Skills - Understanding Learning Challenges (1 Iowa LRC - ISEA Member)

Cognitive Skills - Understanding Learning Challenges  (1 Iowa LRC - ISEA Member)

We all know brain plays a major role in learning, but few are aware of how. In a class where each child differs in his ability to learn, it is essential that educators know how the brain is related to the process of learning, in order to help facilitate student performance. Such knowledge will also give the educator an advantage when faced with the challenge of teaching a child with special needs. Cognitive Skills is a two part integrated course that will equip educators with extensive knowledge about the process of learning.

The first section, Cognitive Skills: Understanding Learning Challenges, will focus on the skills involved in learning and introduce you to various techniques and strategies on identifying a child with learning difficulties and to overcome their challenges. It also provides tips on how to make learning fun, challenging and different.

The second section, Accommodating All Learners, will help you understand more about various learning styles, and how these impact the way a student learns. You will gain knowledge about specific teaching approaches that can be used to reach and teach each learning style. 


Online self-study courses help teachers in Iowa complete License Renewal Credit (LRC) requirements.

  • Start ANY Time
  • All ONLINE 24 x 7
  • No Textbook Needed
  • Includes ALL Content
  • Official Transcript through the ISEA
    After completing the course, you will be directed to the ISEA for registration.


  • This was a good refresher on things I learned during my teacher certification program. A lot of the content was a good reminder, and made me reflect on my current teaching situation and how I can improve. Helpful resources, that are not too overbearing.
    Aldea L.
  • This was very informative! Some is difficult to do in a classroom of many students, but really good info especially when trying to help those kids that don't qualify for aid and fall through the cracks. This is one of the best classes I've taken on this site!
    Robyn W
  • This was an excellent course and was very engaging! I feel excited about using new strategies with my students who have cognitive skills deficits and helping them build these skills.
    Monika S.
  • I enjoyed it!
    Marvin R.
  • This was an eye-opening course. I learned a lot of information that will enable me to really help my students with special needs. Thank you.
    Thomas B.
  • I liked the interactive feature. I thought this course was very applicative towards my line of work.
    Laura P.
  • Thank you for this convenient opportunity.
    Julie T.
  • I truly enjoyed the course.
    Suzanne P.
  • I really appreciated the links to research articles and resources that I can reference.
    Beth H.
  • It was rich in content and I seriously enjoyed this coarse! Thank you!
    Donna B
  • Cognitive Skills was an excellent and timely course. As a Special Education teacher with 17 successful years of teaching experience, I found the course engaging, flowing with content new to me, and exactly what I needed in the the areas of cognition. Bravo to Dr. Ken Gibson!! We need more academics like this. Dr. Gibson is down-to-earth, authoritative, and funny. I could listen to him all day.
    Richard H.
  • Great course, nice review, with updated research included.
    Nicole M.
  • This course gave me the tools that I was looking for to help my students who needed me most. Very informative and useful lessons. Best ever.
    Starly S.
  • Of all of the classes I have taken thus far, I feel that "Cognitive Skills" was the one that presented me with the most new information I had not learned up to this point. While some of it was review, much of it was brand new to me and I loved learning about all of the different learning styles.
    Nichole W.
  • I feel this is the strongest course I have taken so far, because it made the best use of non-lecture style (reading, since this is an online class) methods of delivery: analogies (very effective), video, and diagrams. Also, the resource list was helpful for future reference. I will use my lifetime subscription for this course b/c I will surely reference this material again during y professional work. Thank you!!
    Anika S.
  • I found the concept of teaching ""skills"" versus the facts/how-to of academics interesting; I'd like to see it applied in the college setting I teach in. I will be looking into it more...
    Lynne R.
  • I was very impressed with the quality and the presentation of the content -- it made for an engaging and enjoyable experience
    Nicole L.
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