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13 Online LINCS Self-Directed Courses Retiring on December 18

Dear Colleagues,

In our efforts to keep you informed of changes that will impact the field, OCTAE is giving early notice of changes that will occur in December within the LINCS Learning Portal. LINCS will be retiring the following 13 online self-directed courses on December 18, 2020, as they use Flash technology that is no longer supported:

  • Career Pathways
    • ACP: Building Strategic Partnerships
    • ACP: Developing Effective Bridge Programs
    • ACP: Designing Contextualized Instruction
    • ACP: Integrating Career Counseling and Planning
    • ACP: Engaging Employers in Adult Career Pathways
  • Disabilities and Equitable Outcomes
    • Learning to Achieve: Learning Disabilities and Neuroscience
  • English Language Acquisition
    • ELL-U: Second Language Acquisition
    • ELL-U: Teaching Emergent Readers
    • ELL-U: Formative Assessment
    • ELL-U: The Role of Culture
    • ELL-U: Principles of Second Language Teaching
  • Science
    • Engaging Adult Learners in Science
    • Scientific Practices in Context

We will be announcing this information to all LINCS users on multiple occasions between November 2, 2020 and December 17, 2020. OCTAE is providing you advance notice of this change today. LINCS online course users in your State will be asked to complete any work on these courses, access any resources or download completion certificates by December 17, 2020, as they will not be able to access the courses after this date. We encourage you to reach out to your local providers, especially if your State accepts LINCS certificates for professional development credit.

OCTAE recognizes that the retirement of these courses presents a gap in the type of online training offered for teachers. OCTAE, through our contractor, will be revising and updating online courses and developing new courses over the next two program years. We believe that the revisions, updates, and new course developments will fill some of the gaps created by the retirement of the courses listed. Additionally, OCTAE has ongoing national leadership activities that will address other gaps being created by the retirement of these courses. If you have any questions regarding this message, please email the LINCS team at training@lincs.ed.gov.