MOOC Dys : Online training programme

What will you discover within these few weeks ?

Presenting the MOOC Dys training programme, an online training open to all, with special attention directing to parents and teachers dealing with Dys children.   Come and discover the different modules spread over 5 weeks + 1 from November 12, 2018.

MOOC Dys Training Programme

The MOOC Dys is a collaborative MOOC : an online training, free and open to all regardless age requirement or degree.   Anyone interested in specific learning disorders can register and participate in the course.

But we have created two specific modules for two separate audiences particularly focused on these disorders :

  • parents of dys children
  • teachers facing dys children

    This training programme was constructed by the MOOC Dys partners and associated partners, i.e. institutions and representatives of parents and teachers who participated in a meeting in Lisbon as part of our Erasmus+ project...

    So, you can follow :

  • The common course
  • The common course plus the “Parents” module
  • The common course plus the “Teachers” module
  • The common course plus the “Parents” and “Teachers” modules
The interactive infographic below gives you an overview of each week’s content. Click on the numbers to see the programme of each week :

Week 0 : I discover my learning environment

This week starts on November 12th: this is  the official commencement of the MOOC.
It’s a week of discovering your learning environment: we use The Course Networking platform, an online learning environment that allows you to:
  • to effortlessly exchange with trainers and other participants
  • to place your testimonials online in a very intuitive way
  • to discover the creations of the other participants, to make comments and appreciate them in the integrated social network
  • keep authentication of your participation, badges and certificates after the training

During this “zero week”, you will :

  • discover the learning platform
  • introduce you to trainers and other participants
  • find out who the trainers and other participants are
  • test your knowledge on dys disorders

Week 1 : What are the Dys ?

During this first week, you will discover (or rediscover) what are the specific disorders of learning, disorders Dys.
You will also discover what they are not: because there is some confusion in this area. These disorders are sometimes confused with autism, attention disorders, etc.
It is true that these disorders are often associated with other phenomena.
Therefore, we will examine the common definitions of these disorders as well as some statistics pertaining them together.
We will also identify some stereotypes about Dys disorders. We will search to find reliable information together.
We will analyse how the brain with dys reacts when they read, write, practice …

And finally, you will be able to witness and hear some testimonials from Dys.

Week 2 : the characteristics of the Dys

In this MOOC Dys, we will study:

  • dyslexia
  • dyspraxia
  • dysorthography
  • dyscalculia
  • dysphasia

    Together, we will analyse the distinctions of each of these disorders and how they often combined.

It’s the medical, psychological and scientific approach. These words should not frighten you : our approach is very progressive and aimed at complete beginners.

We will not discuss other conditions such as ADHD (attention deficit disorder with or without hyperactivity). Although this disorder is almost and often associated with Dys disorders, we must set limits and wanted to offer specific content and quality.

Week 3 : Dys disorders’ impact on school and family

We will examine the impact of dys disorders with respect to different aspects pertaining the children’s lives, their families, teachers and classmates.

First, let’s talk about relationships: how to approach and have a conversation with dys children disorders with regards to dys disorders. How to tell them :
  • they have a learning disability,
  • that they are different,
  • that they will experience specific difficulties,
  • how to make them accept their own difference?
children in the classroom with the teacher
children in the classroom interacting with the teacher

We will discuss other types of communication on this subject.  How to speak :


  • with parents (if you are a teacher)
  • with teachers (if you are a parent)
  • with other teachers (if you are a teacher)
  • with the dys child siblings
We will also see the impact of these dys disorders on those participating in class (these subjects will excavate during weeks 4 and 5):
  • what tools and pedagogical methods to use?
  • What steps do you need to take to create a better integration for dys students into your classroom?
We will also examine the impact dys disorders have at home (with an excavation in weeks 4 & 5)
  • Smart ways to build your child’s trust
  • Dealing with dys disorders in everyday life

And finally, we will see how to manage Dys disorders in adult life: how to help the young person to choose and manage an educational path ?

National crisscross context – Technical support and technical adaptation

The MOOC Dys is an international and multilingual training. Each European partner is experiencing a different situation of treatment and recognition of dys disorders in his country. In order to adapt the MOOC to each situation, some points mentioned in weeks 4 and 5 are different in each language.

During the weeks 4 and 5, we will discuss the information and specific content for parents and teachers in depth.

Week 4 : Technical Materials for Parents – Technical Adaptation for Teachers

Parents module : technical support

  • How to organise : methods to cope with daily difficulties in the family
  • Good practices and real-life examples
  • Practical tips to get by at home

We will offer you social learning activities around these questions: exchanges, questions to discuss, etc.

Teachers module : technical adaptation

Tools and methods to help with :

  • reading
  • writing
  • organising the page
  • spelling
  • Mathematics

How to organise your class to welcome and integrate dys children.  Here, we will also offer many activities aiming to exchanges and reflection on these topics.


dys children talking to their teacher
children talking to their teacher

Week 5 : Moral Support for Parents – Pedagogical Adaptation for Teachers

For the last week of the MOOC Dys, we will tackle two hot topics for both parents and teachers.

Parents Module : Moral Support

Having a dys child is a treasure, however it is also a lot of work, anxiety and worries for parents. This week, we will explore the different avenues to find help, assistance or simply some space for listening and exchanges.

  • Dysfunction in the family : the role of empathy
  • Giving and receiving help from other parents : self-help groups on social networks
  • Parent / teacher communication
  • Where to find support outside school ?

Teachers Module : Educational Adaptation

As parents of dys children are not peaches and cream, the teacher’s role in dealing with dys children is not a piece of cake either. It is all the more difficult as it seems – as the results from our survey amply demonstrate – teachers are often good-willed but sorely lacking in time, resources and support.

In this module of the training program, we will discuss the following topics :

  • Use inclusive classroom instructions
  • Adapt the way of thinking for the teaching aids
  • How to evolve and where to find specific tools ?

A practical, collaborative and participative MOOC

The MOOC Dys is a practical training : with scientific information, reliable and verified, we want to add practical, useful advice, directly usable by the participants.

Even if the MOOC Dys is not really a “connectivist MOOC” (or cMOOC), we want to create the exchange spaces between the participants as much as possible. This motivated our choice of learning platform: The Course Networking. This platform allows everyone to express themselves, publish comments, articles, surveys, etc.
A participatory MOOC: not only we will ask you to take the training, but to participate in it as well.
  • By publishing your testimonials : how I helped my son to pass his exams while he is dyslexic ?
  • sharing your experiences : what path to get help for my daughter ?
  • by creating resources or giving your opinion on the contents of the MOOC
  • etc.
Not only that we want this MOOC to be a learning journey, we also hope that it will also be the place for exchanges, original creations and expression on the part of all participants :
  • parents
  • teachers
  • professionnals
  • trainers
  • etc.

Everyone has a word to say and the right to be heard on the MOOC Dys !

Live events

In this training programme, we plan to propose a weekly live event in connection with the theme of the week.

Each week, a MOOC facilitator will welcome one or more guests :
  • the parents
  • the teachers
  • the accompaniment professionals
  • etc.
A week or two before the event, you will receive a message with the theme of the session and the names of the guests. Then, you will have the opportunity to ask your questions: we will choose the questions based upon the majority of interest and utilise them by asking our guests.

You will be able to attend these video conferences live. If you are unavailable that night, the recording of the conference will be published on the following days at the MOOC learning platform.

How to register for MOOC Dys ?

If you haven’t registered yet, it doesn’t matter : you are able to do this immediately or even during the training.

To register, please click on the button below and fill in the associated form.

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