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BASE Education Feature Focus: Course Structure

BASE Education Feature Focus: Course Structure

Today’s students are dealing with stress, anxiety, and mental health issues—challenges that can get in the way of learning and may lead to destructive behavior. To help you support your students’ social-emotional learning needs, Edmentum now offers BASE Education, an evidence-based, online, social-emotional learning platform with clinical content built by mental health professionals with real-world experience. 

BASE Education includes more than 100 courses spanning elementary school through high school that are available in multiple languages. BASE Education is promising designated by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the nation’s leading organization committed to advancing the development of academic, social, and emotional competence for all students.

BASE Education has been proven effective, and at its core, it has flexible, therapeutic, and research-based content. In this post, we’ll discuss the structure of BASE Education courses and the way they are deliberately designed to teach specific social-emotional skills and encourage students to connect emotionally and reflect.

BASE Education courses are short, each taking from about 30 to 90 minutes to complete, and the course content can be divided into three elements: defining, coping, and planning.


In the defining section of each course, students encounter:

  • Welcome: Positive introduction
  • Defining: What do you think this topic means? Then, a definition is given.
  • Pre-Questions: What is your knowledge base comfort level and perceived safety about this topic?
  • The Problem: What happens when we do not have the skills associated with this topic?

Review the defining section of the BASE Education course “Motivation” below:


In the coping section of each course, students encounter:

  • Purpose: Why is it important to address this topic?
  • The Research: The scientific, research-based portion of the course that teaches learners about the subject matter
  • Barriers to Success: What has prevented you from being successful in this area thus far? What barriers have you encountered that have made it difficult?
  • Coping Strategies: Provides tools to handle barriers and be your best self

 Review the coping section of the BASE Education courses “Coronavirus (COVID-19)” and “Life Changes” below:


In the planning section of each course, students encounter:

  • Plan for Moving Forward: Identify how you will carry what you have learned forward and make the changes sustainable
  • Wrap Up Questions: Now that you have taken the course, what is your knowledge base comfort level and perceived safety about this topic?
  • Positive, Strength-Based Sendoff: Students receive a positive congratulatory message and affirmation that they can effectively apply the skills learned

Review the planning section in the BASE Education course “Life Changes” below:

In viewing the examples, you likely noticed some of the design features that are a key part of BASE Education courses. Every element of each course, down to the smallest detail, is built with the student experience in mind. Vivid, still imagery is carefully selected to illustrate concepts and to put students in a calm emotional state and make them ready to draw out their feelings and emotions. The text and the button that students must click on to advance the course are in different locations on each slide, preventing the student from being able to simply click through the courses.

The courses are designed to promote interaction and reflection; as students work through the courses, they are engaging in a conversation rather than simply receiving information. This approach of utilizing motivational interviewing helps students connect with the content and encourages them to share. It also gives students the autonomy to create meaning from the courses, making their lessons learned more personal and, therefore, more likely to lead to change. 

To learn more about BASE Education and see how you can use it to support your students’ social-emotional learning, visit

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Regina Waddell

Regina Waddell is a marketing manager at Edmentum and over the past 8 years has helped both educators and Edmentum employees learn how to successfully implement technology in the classroom. Before her time at Edmentum, Regina spent seven years teaching; two years helping students increase their scores on college entrance exams in the private sector, and five teaching bilingual education in Dallas, TX. Regina holds a BBA from Austin College and an M.Ed in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Texas at Arlington.