Our Content

Visionlearning provides free, high-quality content for teaching and learning science. Through modular readings, online assessments, interactive animations, a comprehensive science glossary, and other features, our site promotes science education, focuses students on the process of scientific discovery, and conveys the act of being a scientist. Our module design has been extensively tested and reviewed by students and teachers, and incorporate a number of proven features aimed toward improving literacy and concept understanding. We want to make sure that everyone has access to the information they need to become scientifically literate.

Core reading

On each module page, you will find a text-and-image-based reading. These lessons are written by professional scientists and educators who ensure that they are accurate and concise to avoid overloading students with extraneous information. At the top of each lesson is a pre-reader, which contains questions to stimulate prior knowledge on the topic, a general overview of what the module will cover, and some definitions of terms users should understand before reading. A table of contents provides an outline of the entire module.

As a special benefit to bilingual students and Spanish language learners, every lesson is available in Spanish as well as English. Simply click on the red button at the top of the module page to switch back and forth.

  • Audio recordings of the module can be streamed while on the page. These audio files help aural learners, struggling readers, and language learners by modeling intonation, inflection, and pronunciation of difficult terms and names. Audio is also provided in both English and Spanish.
  • Glossary terms in the lesson are hyperlinked to a pop-up glossary to allow easy access to unfamiliar definitions. Hovering over the term provides a quick, on-screen definition. Clicking the term opens a lightbox with additional information (including an audio pronunciation), and the glossary page for the term provides even more.
  • Comprehension Checkpoints are questions placed in strategic spots throughout each module to promote good reading techniques. These checkpoints ask the reader a specific question related to the content immediately preceding, helping them to stop and think about what they have just read. Immediate feedback helps them know if they need to re-read, or if they have understood a concept correctly.

Because interaction helps to focus students' attention, most of our lessons contain interactive learning tools embedded within the body of the lesson. These animations help illustrate points and concepts addressed in the reading.

Additional module features

In addition to the core lesson material, each Visionlearning module contains a module-specific quiz and a resources section.

We recognize that assessment is an integral aspect of teaching. For that reason, each quiz contains between 7 and 10 items addressing the student learning objectives for the module. Our quiz items are written with Bloom's Taxonomy in mind and labeled accordingly. In addition to being able to see which level of Bloom's taxomony the quiz item is testing, educators are also able to view the results of a quiz for each individual student enrolled in their MyClassroom.

Included in the Resources section are sets of carefully reviewed external hyperlinks to provide complementary learning material. These resources serve to add historical and societal perspectives and provide options for further exploring the content and research in the module. The categories of links used on our modules have been developed after careful consideration of the National Science Education Standards and after extensive discussion with students and teachers regarding the type of content that is most helpful for learning science.

Learn about our Classroom, our free course management system.