Course Description

This course is designed to introduce the concept of students as content creators and provide a rationale for using content creation with your students — including how it aligns with state or common core standards. Beyond concepts, the course includes examples of student created content, an exploration of available digital tools and how to incorporate the process of student created content into lesson plans and assessments. This course is intended for teachers at all grade levels and in all subject areas.

Course Outline

Lesson 1: The Concept of Students as Content Creators  

What is it and why should I do it?

In this lesson you will learn what the term “students as content creators” means and why educators are embracing this new way of engaging and teaching students. By reading documentation produced by practicing teachers and watching this process in action, you will develop an understanding of the value of this type of instruction. 

Lesson 2: The Link to State Standards

How does it meet my required standards?

In this lesson you will closely examine state and common core standards and lesson plans associated with student content creation. You will discern the standards for your school district and evaluate lesson ideas that may be appropriate for use with your students.   

Lesson 3: Examples of Student Created Content

What does it look like?

In this lesson you will study examples of student created content to help get your wheels turning on what you can do with your students. Your goal for this lesson is to begin assessing various types of student created content and think about how you might use it in your classroom. 

Lesson 4: The Process of Student Content Creation

How is it done?

In this lesson, you will explore ways to allow your students to create content rather than consume content from you. You will apply the concept of students as content creators by developing a lesson plan that allows students to create content that demonstrates their mastery of the lesson skill. Your goal for this lesson is to think about upcoming topics you will teach, decide where student created content might fit in and create a real lesson plan that you can use with your students.

Learner Outcomes

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Develop an understanding of the concept of students as content creators
  • Identify ways that student content creation meets state standards
  • Analyze examples of student created content 
  • Evaluate tools and resources for incorporating student created content in the classroom
  • Write a lesson plan that incorporates student created content


Participants will have 180 days to complete this self-paced online course.

All necessary materials included.


System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:

  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended for the best experience.
Hardware Requirements:
  • CPU: 1 GHz or higher
  • RAM: 2 GB or higher
  • Resolution: 1280 x 720 or higher
  • Speakers / Headphones
  • Microphone (Webinar / Live Online sessions)
Operating System Requirements:
  • Microsoft Windows 7 or 10 (Home, Pro)
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher
  • Latest Chrome OS
  • Latest Linux Distributions

NOTE: While we understand that our courses can be viewed on Android and iPhone devices, we do not recommend the use of these devices for our courses. The size of these devices do not provide a good learning environment for students taking online or live online-based courses.

Web Browser Requirements:
  • Latest Google Chrome is recommended for the best experience.
  • Latest Mozilla Firefox
  • Latest Microsoft Edge
  • Latest Apple Safari
Basic Software Requirements (recommended):
  • Office suite (Microsoft Office, OpenOffice or LibreOffice)
  • PDF reader program (Adobe Reader, Foxit)
  • Courses may require other software that is denoted in the above course outline.
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Students as Content Creators (Online)
Jul 01, 2023 to Jun 30, 2025
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Course Fee(s)
Course Fee non-credit $140.00