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 Help your son or daughter learn more, and succeed more, in school.  Discover why girls waste 30% of their study time, why boys get worse grades than girls, why boys do less homework than girls, and the 5 learning habits girls get in school that hurts them in the workplace.
Discover how males and females learn differently. Take away tips for helping your daughter and/or son learn more, and tips to help him and/or her succeed more in school. You’ll also discover something new about you learn too! Get info not available anywhere else.
One month online course; offered in March, June and October 2015; Julie Coates and William A. Draves, instructors;  $145; Optional graduate credit: additional $40 paid later for one graduate credit from the University of South Dakota.
One month course, Julie Coates and William A. Draves, instructors.  
Unit 1
  • The Brain and Gender Differences
  • The brain and learning 
  • The female brain
  • The male brain
  • Summary of neurological and hormonal differences
Unit 2
  • Helping Girls Learn More
  • How girls learn 
  • Classroom techniques and activities that help girls learn
  • Helping girls with spatial skills and STEM
  • The 10 strategies for helping girls learn more
Unit 3
  • Helping Boys Learn More
  • How boys learn 
  • Classroom techniques and activities that help boys learn
  • Helping boys with language skills
  • The 10 strategies for helping boys learn more
Unit 4
  • Helping Both Girls and Boys Succeed More
  • Helping girls succeed in the workplace
  • Helping boys succeed with college
  • Grading learning and knowledge
  • Gender neutral grading
Question MarkAbout online learning

Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. You will engage with the instructor and other participants. You will get to know your instructor and other participants. You may make friends.  It’s easy. It’s fun. 

GearsHow the Course Works

It is easy to participate in your online course. After you register, you will be given a web address to go to get into your online classroom.  You will have a password and use your email address and password to gain access.

Once inside the online classroom, here’s what you can expect.

CalendarParticipate when you want

You can participate any time of day or evening. The online classroom is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
There are no live real-time requirements or meetings. You decide when you participate.
For the best learning, participants should log into the course on 2-3 different days of the week.

ChecklistWhat you will do

For each Unit, you will:

  • Read the print readings (about 20 pages a week)
  • Have the option of accessing the online readings
  • Listen to the audio presentation for the Unit and view the slides
  • Have the option of taking a self-quiz to see how much you have learned
  • Engage in written online discussion with your instructor and other participants

For best learning, you should make one or more comments at 2-3 different times each week.
The content (readings, audio lectures, slides) and self quizzes are accessible for the entire course, so you can work ahead, or go back and review again, at your convenience.


The Discussion for each Unit lasts one week. All comments are made in writing and can be made at any time of the day or night.

Your instructor will log into the Discussion area at least once a day and answer questions, make comments, and respond to comments by you and the other participants.

We encourage you to make 2-3 comments each week to maximize your learning and enjoyment of the course.

It’s easy. It’s fun.

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$145 USD
Ave. hours 16; 1.6 CEUs/ILUs

About Your Instructor
Julie Coates and William A. Draves have more than ten years’ experience and expertise in documenting and reporting the research on gender and learning.  They have also added to the literature by publishing their pioneering research into gender and learning.  Coates and Draves keynote national and state education conferences, as well as conducting numerous K-12 teacher in-service seminars for local school districts. Coates and Draves also teach in the adult and higher education graduate program for the University of South Dakota. 
What some students say:
"This class has been very helpful! I have learned so many useful strategies for teaching girls and boys. I loved this course!" - Tiffany Hemmer
"Excellent content. Love the format. Brain friendly!" - Barry Craig
Directional ArrowsCourse Objectives
  • To foster an understanding among parents of the neurological and learning differences between female and male children as learners
  • To understand how the female brain influences how your daughter learns
  • To understand how the male brain influences how your son learns
  • To understand why boys get worse grades than girls, and what you as a parent can do
  • To understand the five learning habits that inhibit success for girls when they enter the workplace
  • To assist teachers in responding effectively and efficiently to different gender characteristics in learning.

Puzzle PiecesCourse Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, you will:
  • Be able to recognize gender differences in learning styles and classroom behavior
  • Be able to correctly interpret gender responses to content and learning activities
  • Be able to employ successful teaching techniques to help your female children learn more
  • Be able to employ successful teaching techniques to help your male children learn more
  • Be able to employ assessment strategies to help both your female and male children succeed more.
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