VISIBLE LEARNING for Literacy, K–12

Based on the work of Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and John Hattie.

Available Formats:
  • 30 Hours


The purpose of this course is to connect the VISIBLE LEARNING research to instructional strategies that accelerate student learning in literacy. You will examine dynamic and high-probability teaching strategies that support surface, deep, and transfer phases of learning and see these strategies in action with video from real classrooms. This course is designed for teachers focused on literacy across all grades K–12. Upon completion of this course, you will be prepared to analyze the impact of your own teaching practices on student progress and achievement and be able to apply your knowledge to guide students to become drivers of their own learning, regardless of the content area.


By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Articulate the key findings from Professor John Hattie’s VISIBLE LEARNING research;
  • Demonstrate the importance of well-timed, effective strategies and instructional routines in literacy;
  • Articulate the concepts of challenge, self-efficacy, and learning intentions with success criteria as they relate to literacy learning;
  • Employ literacy learning practices as they relate to the three-phase model (surface learning, deep learning, and transfer); and
  • Plan the implementation of mindframes and Visible Learningplus in literacy instruction.

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Course Modules Include:

  • Module 1: What Is VISIBLE LEARNING?
  • Module 2: What Is VISIBLE LEARNING for Literacy?
  • Module 3: The Importance of Effect Size in Relation to Literacy Learning
  • Module 4: What Is Surface Learning in Literacy?
  • Module 5: Deep Learning for Literacy
  • Module 6: Transfer of Literacy Learning
  • Module 7: Organization of Concepts and Knowledge
  • Module 8: Determining Impact and the Connection to RTI
  • Module 9: What Works and What Doesn’t
  • Module 10: Planning for Literacy Instruction
  • Module 11: Mindframes for VISIBLE LEARNING

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