Free Online Training and Materials

Introduction to ELOs course (free, self-paced, online)

This course is an online version of in-person workshops offered by the Next Steps NH Project in Spring 2018. During the course you’ll create an ELO for a fictional student who loves yoga.

Introduction to ELOs is available on a learning management platform called Canvas. You can take the course without registering. However, setting up an account makes it easier to find your way back to the course since it will be listed on your dashboard.

By the end of this short self-paced course you will have the answers to:

  • What is an ELO?
  • Who do you need to create an ELO?
  • How do you create an ELO?

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Course organization

Format: Self-paced, with open-ended start and finish dates. Frequent activities.

Estimated time to complete: 2.5 – 5 hours if you take the time to do all the activities. You can work at your own pace, on your own schedule.

Academic credit: There are no grades. You’ll be able to print a completion certificate at the end of the course.

Audience: preservice and inservice educators. Also suitable for parents, youth and community partners interested in learning more about ELOs.

Instructor: This course is self-paced and unmonitored. Answers to activities are supplied within the course.

Prerequisites: none.

Modules: The course is divided into six modules of varying lengths:

  1. Introduction (10 min)
  2. What is an ELO? What are the learning components? (35 min)
  3. Roles and Responsibilities within an ELO (25 min)
  4. Prerequisites to Designing an ELO (20 min)
  5. Using the Design Template (45 min)
  6. Completing the Design Template and Course Wrap-up (20 min)


All resources from the online course

Module 1: Introduction

Module 2: What is an ELO? What are the learning components?

Module 3: Roles and Responsibilities within an ELO

Module 4: Prerequisites to Designing an ELO

Module 5: Using the Design Template

Module 6: Completing the Design Template and Course Wrap-up

Materials from 2-day in-person ELO training, Spring 2018

This two-day in-person training was designed for school teams of three-five people seeking to deepen their understanding and practices regarding ELOs. Topics included developing an ELO program, designing ELOs, examining policy, ELOs and transition, collaboration with key partners, and resource identification and support. The training was delivered in multiple sessions around the state between April and June 2018.


  • Defined and identified the essential elements of an ELO.
  • Discovered how to incorporate best practices into ELO development.
  • Understood the role of ELOs in transition.
  • Learned the critical components of an ELO program including policies and practices that support ELOs.
  • Explored strategies to develop an infrastructure to support ELOs within their school.

All sessions were full with waitlists. The materials are now free for anyone to use:

Online training last tested 1/27/23
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