Discover the many dimensions of intelligence as you learn how to more effectively build student understanding in and beyond school.
We know that students are unique individuals with different proclivities, passions, and interests, but educators need frameworks for responding to these differences in the classroom and other learning environments. The theory of multiple intelligences, developed by HGSE Professor Howard Gardner, offers educators a powerful way to address diverse learner profiles.
Multiple intelligences theory counters the standard view of intelligence as a single capacity that can be measured by an IQ or other short-answer test. This course will introduce participants to an array of human intellectual capacities and to practices that support understanding among all students. Participants will cultivate observation and analysis skills to better evaluate students' diverse strengths, learn how to approach content in several different ways as instructors, and design a curriculum unit to implement at home.
The online course, developed by Project Zero researchers in collaboration with Howard Gardner, begins with a one-week orientation, during which you will explore the online platform and get to know fellow members of the learning community. Six two-week content sessions follow, with an average time commitment of about 3-4 hours per week. In each session you will:
- Learn new ideas
- Review and reflect on key ideas from the previous session
- Plan for trying and/or fully implementing course ideas in the classroom
- Work on a project or curriculum unit
- Reflect and share feedback with a coach and peers
Enrollment is by team, which promotes a deeper and richer learning experience and will help you sustain your use of core ideas after the course concludes. Team members will collaborate on most of the assignments, including the development of a project. Teams meet face-to-face every two weeks.
Although the sessions are structured and coach-facilitated, all the online interactions in the course are asynchronous. You and your team can decide when to work on the course materials as long as you submit the assignment(s) on or before the due dates.
This online course is not linked to a degree program. Academic credit is not available. You will be eligible for a digital certificate representing 45 professional development hours upon successful completion.
View the course outline for additional information on course sessions.
Online Course Schedule
Please review the course schedule to ensure that you and your team will be able to participate fully in the course, taking into account your local holidays and vacations. The average time commitment is about three to four hours per week.
Session 1 (Orientation week), February 25 - March 3
Session 2, March 3 - March 17
Session 3, March 18 - March 31
Session 4, April 1 - April 14
Session 5, April 15 - April 28
Session 6, April 29 - May 12
Session 7, May 13 - May 26
- Understand the multiple problem-solving capacities that make up human intelligences
- Develop skills for evaluating students' strengths while recognizing learning differences
- Learn to work more productively with varied learners by developing or modifying curriculum, assessment, and instructional approaches
- Develop plans, tools, and frameworks for enhancing your learning environment to support diverse learners
- Develop a unit plan for engaging diverse learners and supporting them in achieving deeper understanding
Who Should Participate
This course requires enrollment by teams of 3-6 people. Teams must be able to meet locally, in person, at least once every two weeks.
- Teams can be comprised of classroom teachers, instructional leaders, school leaders, administrators, and other educators in a variety of settings (e.g. museums, after-school programs, and other informal learning contexts)
- Team members can be colleagues from the same workplace or be drawn from across schools or organizations