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Advanced Learning Designs / Adams State College :: Improving Learning (Literacy) Through Managing the Classroom Environment

Improving Learning (Literacy) Through Managing the Classroom Environment

Improving Learning (Literacy) Through Managing the Classroom Environment

1 graduate credit
Instructor: Dr. Sherwood Williams

Develop beliefs, skills, and behaviors to manage acoustic accessibility for students in the classroom by: Investigating recent auditory brain research, Examine the relationship between classroom acoustics and student academic achievement, and reviewing studies discussing background noise, signal-to-noise ratios (SNR's) in classrooms, noise affects on academic teacher performance, speaker-to-listener distance, and speech perception in the classroom.

Instructor Bio

Sherwood Williams

Sherwood Williams, known as “Woody”, has over 30 of experience in education as teacher, principal, and a district administrator. In addition, he holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin Platteville, Milwaukee, and Madison. Woody continues to work with schools as a consultant in literacy projects, strategic planning and acoustical assessments in school buildings.

Woody has also followed his passion in aviation by earning his Commercial Pilot, Airline Transport Pilot, and Flight Instructor Certificates. He founded and operated CAVU Aviation, a flight school, which provides certifications and ratings for people from recreational aviation to placement into the airlines.

Course Syllabus

Course Introduction

Hello, Let me introduce myself as having been a classroom teacher, a principal, and a school Administrator in Wisconsin school districts for the past 30 years. This class is about a topic that I did not know it could make such a difference with school achievement during my tenure in Wisconsin schools.

My name is Sherwood Williams, better known as “Woody”.  Many years ago a summer camp counselor could not get a handle on Sherwood and therefore I became Woody. My family is now six daughters and 19 grandchildren who live in four different states.  During the program you’ll hear the impact this topic has made on some of my grandchildren.

After my retirement as a school administrator I went to work for CESA#7 in Green Bay to develop a training program in literacy for the 37 school districts in Northeast Wisconsin.  It was during this experience at the CESA7 office I began learning why children do not hear a classroom teacher. A slight interference of the ability of the child to hear the classroom teacher is like right now using the computer when the keys that are not working.  Imagine filling out the IRS tax form with a keyboard malfunction.

Through this course, I hope to provide you with some insight and understanding as to the "sound" problem and how it is directly connected to learning and literacy.

Course Composition

This course is comprised of five online lessons, designed to be completed within the semester, but in an asynchronous style at your own pace. Each lesson utilizes text, occasional audio, and supporting documentation through PDF files and web links to provide a rich learning experience.

You are encouraged to complete approximately one lesson per week. At the end of each lessoon is a short, multiple choice review that you can use to check your own learning and retention. You will have the opportunity to review any material during the quiz should you find additional study is needed. Convenient links to the course material are provided for your benefit. You can return to the quiz at any time, and should achieve 100% accuracy prior to submitting your end of lesson review.

Finally, please take a moment and refer to the grading tab any time you need to review course grading policies or need to review course requirements.

Course Requirements and Recommendations

You will need to utilize either Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox Web Browsers. We recommend that you update your browser to the latest version to include important security updates. Students that use other web browsers, such as Safari, do so at their own risk.

The course is best viewed in a minimum screen resolution of 1024 x 768. Interaction with the instructor and support staff is encouraged. Please feel free to forward any questions, concerns, or suggestions to the instructor or support team.

It is recommended that you alot specific study time to complete the course. Many participants find that one to two hours set aside each week works well.


No additional textbook is required. Online resources will be provided to supplement the online course and provide you with further learning opportunities.

Graduate Credit

1 graduate credit
Adams State College tuition: $55

Graduate level credit is provided through Adams State College. The Department of Teacher Education at Adams State College is accredited nationally by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and has program authorization from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE).

To be eligible to receive credit, students must do the following:

  1. Pay the online course fee by purchasing a course activation code on this web site (
  2. Pay the tuition fee by registering as a student on the web site. Pay tuition by visiting the Adams State College registration form.
  3. Complete the online course at a satisfactory level of assessment, according to the completion requirements outlined by the instructor on the course syllabus.

It does not matter in what order the two payments are performed.

Registering for credit from Adams State College is optional.

Course Dates

Students are given a 2-month period in which to finish each course. Courses are offered continually throughout the year. Each enrollment period starts on the 1st of the month and ends two months later. Enrollment periods are listed below.

Students can enroll in a current enrollment period anytime between the 1st through the 10th of the month. Enrollments submitted after the 10th of the month will be moved to the next enrollment period.

For example, if a student registers for a class on January 2nd, he/she will be enrolled in the Jan.–Feb. enrollment period. If a student registers for a class January 11th, he/she will be enrolled in the Feb.–Mar. enrollment period.

Students moved to the next enrollment period will have to wait until the 1st day of the month to obtain access to their course.

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SKU ED589-V106
ASC Tuition 55.00
Online course fee: $140.00
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