Introduction to ELOs (free online course)

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



  • What an ELO is
  • Who is needed on an ELO team
  • How to design an ELO
  • A step-by-step process for your first ELO

During the course you’ll create an ELO for a pretend student who loves yoga.

Note: this is a course about ELOs themselves, not how to set up an ELO program at your school.

ELO course lives in Canvas

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.

Sample page from the course

About the course

  • 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. See below for resources to learn more about ELOs.
  • Prerequisites: none.

Modules page from the course

Course contents

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)

Resources referenced in the course

Our testing crew

The following people devoted several hours each to careful 1:1 testing and discussion of both the course content and mechanics. Thank you!

  • Amy Aiello, NH Department of Education
  • Ann Berry, Plymouth State University
  • Debbie Black, Keene State College
  • Donna Couture, Winnacunnet High School
  • MaryBeth Hammond, Granite State Independent Living
  • Jill Heath, Strafford Learning Center
  • Sheila Mahon, Monadnock Developmental Services
  • Deb Merchant, Keene State College
  • Mike Nieckoski, Keene State College
  • Connor Phelps, Granite State Independent Living
  • Julia Walker, Keene State College

Updated 2/10/19