Many of you are using the Homeschooling for College Credit Learning Stack Strategy. These “learning stacks” of courses that work perfectly together for a robust high school class that yields tons of college credit. I’ll do a quick recap of the strategy, and then tell you about a new communications stack you can use this for up to 15 college credits.
What is a Learning Stack?
A Learning Stack is a carefully selected set of courses that build on each other. This concept seems like common sense, but when our teens start earning college credit in high school, we often do the total opposite of this strategy! Many parents are trying to meet graduation requirements or college admissions requirements, so they are forced to have their teens jump around. Each semester or school year brings a different subject and the learning starts all over again.
In a Learning Stack your teen’s first course will take the longest. It’s generally 100% new information and they’re starting from scratch. Their second course in the stack will share a little bit of overlap in the technical sense but the real gain is in knowledge base. Like the foreign language example, the student isn’t being constantly challenged with 100% new information, which allows them to grasp the new content with a little less effort. As you can imagine, courses #3 and #4 are now a breeze! A student doesn’t expend energy and effort learning the fundamentals, their brain quickly moves beyond what they already know and just expends energy picking up new information.
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A Learning Stack consists of 3-5 courses in the same subject area that are intentionally overlapping in knowledge and in lessons complete. Study.com doesn’t make you repeat a lesson, so if you do a lesson in course #1, you don’t have to do it again in course #2 or #3, etc. So, while it may take 2-3 weeks to complete the first course, by the time the student is in their 4th or 5th course, it may take them only a few days to finish a course! Leveraging this Learning Stack strategy will accelerate their college credit so significantly, that your student may go from completing 1-2 courses per month to as many as 5.
Learning Stack: Professional Communications
High School Course Title: Professional Communications
Course Description: This course introduces the fundamentals of written and spoken professional communication. Topics include audience analysis, memo writing, internal communications, form letters, presentations, diversity and inclusion, intercultural communication, nonverbal communication, and verbal communication in professional setting. Upon completion, students should be able to present professional workplace documents, electronic correspondence, and give special presentations.
High School Credits: 1.0
Length of time: 1 semester
Potential College Credits: 15
- Communication 120: Presentation Skills in the Workplace (NCCRS)
- Communications 301: Diversity and Intercultural Communication (ACE)
- Communications 102: Interpersonal Communications (ACE)
- Business 113: Business Communications (ACE)
- English 305: Advanced Technical Writing (ACE)
- *optional*Communications 101: Public Speaking (requires 3 speeches) (ACE)
NOTE: if you want to remove courses from this stack, do so from the bottom. In this case, you would remove Public Speaking or Advanced Technical Writing, but not Presentation Skills in the Workplace.
A Learning Stack consists of 3-5 courses in the same field that are intentionally overlapping in knowledge and in lessons complete. Study.com doesn’t make you repeat a lesson, so if you do a lesson in course #1, you don’t have to do it again in course #2 or #3, etc. So, while it may take 2-3 weeks to complete the first course, by the time the student is in their 4th or 5th course, it may take them only a few days to finish a course! Leveraging this learning stack strategy will accelerate their college credit so significantly, that your student may go from completing 1-2 courses per month to as many as 5 when taken in this sequence.
This learning stack accumulates college credit quickly, but how you translate that into high school credit is up to you. I wouldn’t award 1 high school credit for each Study.com course, rather I would award 1.0 high school credit for the whole stack. As to the number of courses in your teen’s learning stack and how long it takes, feel free to experiment, but remember to look at it has “one long class” instead of several short ones.
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