EI’s innovative courses foster self-reflection through video of the best teaching
practices of educators with diverse experiences and backgrounds. This intuitive approach of going
from theory to successful practice helps support growth at every career stage. To achieve these
goals EI courses include a wide variety of assignments including the following:
The video assignments in EI courses require the user to view powerful presentations
by leading authors and experts, then watch as their research-based strategies unfold in real
classrooms across North America. In most cases, reflective assignments are coupled with each video
requiring users to describe how the teaching strategy can be used in their own classroom or school.
Each video has helpful transcripts and closed captioning for ADA compliance. Some assignments
include bullet points that highlight the key points from the video.
Interaction creates a far more engaging PD experience. Each EI course has a private
discussion board associated with specific assignments where teachers can reflect on what they have
learned, share ideas, collaborate, and interact through multiple postings.
Courses may include insightful online articles and research-based reading
requirements covering a wide range of topics. Authored by a versatile collection of global,
regional, and specialized experts, these articles help users contextualize the learning experience
and engage their curiosity.
Reflective Writing Assignments
The practical application of concepts learned is the key to successful classroom
implementation and improved teacher practice. EI’s reflective writing assignments aim to motivate
and empower the user to actively participate in their own development journey. Reflective
assignments are sometimes coupled with course discussion boards to foster collaboration.
Multiple Choice Assessments
Multiple choice assessments provide a level of accountability that is not offered by
most other course providers. Most of the EI multiple-choice assessments include 20 questions. Users
must answer 16 questions correctly to pass the assessment. Administrators need not worry about
teachers just checking the "complete" box while failing to gain mastery of the course
Some EI courses contain a variety of other assignment types that offer practical
work-related activities. These assignments provide "hands on" opportunities to gain a
understanding of the course concepts.
Successful teachers continually reflect on their own practice and improve their
skills over time. By the same token, EI continually reflects on its existing menu of courses and
video content based on the valuable input obtained from its users. Feedback is paramount to creating
and modifying EI’s new or existing courses. The final assignment for each EI course requires the
user to provide important feedback that EI uses to determine topics for future courses and
modifications and/or additions to existing courses.