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Foundations of Learner Agency

Friday Institute and North Carolina State College of Education via MOOC-ED


The Foundations of Learner Agency module is a self-paced online learning opportunity that centers around defining and understanding learner agency, and supports you in creating a learning environment that fosters and empowers each and every one of your learners.

Our team at the Friday Institute, with feedback and support from researchers and practitioners from across the world, developed this module with the goal of helping you build your own foundational understanding of learner agency, how it plays out in the classroom, the conditions that foster learner agency for each and every student, and why learner agency is of particular importance for our students of color and historically marginalized students.

Throughout the learning experience, you will be engaging with peers from across the country and around the world in our forums and interactive activities. You will also be reflecting and applying independently what you explore through a personalized plan that will help you structure and organize your thoughts throughout this experience along with your application to your local learning environment.


Section 1: Defining Learner Agency

Section 2: Establishing an Environment to Support Learner Agency

Section 3: Critically Examining Identity, Learner Agency, and Equity

Section 4: Seeing Learner Agency in Action


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