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Dorothy A. Osterholt

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Associate Professor

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Dorothy A. Osterholt holds a M. Ed. Degree and is an Associate Professor of Education.  As a founding faculty member of Landmark College, she teaches First Years Studies Seminar, and various Education courses at Landmark College. Dorothy has over thirty years of experience teaching students withlearning disabilities. She developed The Four Domains of Learning, a comprehensive model used for assessing and addressing barriers to learning. She has also researched, written and presented on topics related to explicitly designed instruction, academic motivation and holistic approaches to support students with learning disabilities in elementary through adult education. Her writing has appeared in international, national and local publications.


Assessing and Addressing Barriers to Learning Four Domains of Learning Website:



M.Ed., Education, Antioch University New England

B.A., Special Education, Salve Regina College


Barratt, K. & Osterholt, D. A“Stepping Up to the Publishing Plate”, Journal of Developmental Education 35(3) 2012.

“Bringing a Dialogue into the Classroom,” The Exchange New England Faculty Development Consortium, Fall 22:3 (2011).

“A Good Case for the Collaborative Classroom,” About Campus Journal. ACPA, College Student Educators International, May/June 16:2 (2011).

“Holistic Support that Promotes Student Learning,” The New England Journal of Higher Education, New England Board of Education (2011).

Osterholt, D.A. &Barratt, K. “A Collaborative Look to the Classroom:. Journal of Developmental Education. 34(2) Awarded Outstanding Article by National Association of Developmental Education 2012

Osterholt, D. A., ”In the College Classroom: Students with ASD” (Marsh 25, 2017) The New  England Journal of Higher Education, New England Board of Higher Education

Richard, M. P. & Osterholt, D. (2015) "The Creation of the American System of Government”. Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

“Removing Walls that Prevent Writing”, (February 2015) Vermont Reading and Writing Collaborative

“Breaking the Teaching and Learning Gridlock” (December 22, 2014) New England Journal of Higher Education: New England Board of Education

 "Assessing and Addressing Student Barriers; Implications for Today's College Classroom", (Jan.-Feb. 2014) About Campus Journal; ACPA - CollegeStudent Educators International Wiley Periodicals, Inc. and Jossey-Bass. 18(6).


​Osterholt, D. A. & Dennis, S. L., [Webinar] (June 6, 2017) Learning Disabilities: Overcoming Barriers to Success with a Self-Advocacy Model  produced by Simplex K12 hosted by Landmark College

“The Complex World of Learning”, 29th Annual Postsecondary Disability Training Institute (PTI), Boston, MA (May-June 2017)

Osterholt, Dorothy A., & Dennis, Sophie L., (2017, Mar. 31). The four domains of learning: An introduction [Video for LCIRT’s graduate-level online certificate course “Self-regulation, motivation, and student engagement”]. Retrieved from

“The World of Learners Wheel”, Learning Disabilities Association 54th Annual International Conference, Baltimore, MD (Feb. 2017)

“Understanding and Supporting Complex Barriers to Learning among Students in Transition.” Invited pre-conference training at the 23rdNational Conference on Students in Transition, hosted by the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. New Orleans, LA (Nov. 2016).

“Understanding and Supporting Complex Barriers to Learning 41st Annual Institut des troubles d'apprentissage (ITA) Conference, Montreal, Canada April 2016

“World of Learners Wheel” Poster Session 41st Annual Institut des troubles d'apprentissage (ITA) Conference, Montreal, Canada April 2016

“Moving At-risk Students Past the First Year of College”, Learning Disabilities Association of America’s (LDA) 54th Annual International Conference, Florida, February 2016

“The World of Learners Wheel: Support for at-risk Students”: LDA’s 54th annual international conference, Florida, (February 2016)

“The World of Learners: An Innovative Approach to Teaching and  Learning” NEFDC-CAE Conference, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT May 2015

“Navigating Student Barriers to Learning; an Integrated Approach”, Landmark College Institute for Research and Training- Summer  Institute, June 2015

“The World of Learners: Support for At-Risk Students” College Reading and Learning Association: Northeast Chapter, Fitchburg State University, March, 2015

“Assessing and Addressing Complex Student Barriers to Learning”, Learning Disabilities Association of America 52nd Annual International Conference, Chicago, IL February, 2015

College Reading & Learning Association – Northeast (2013)

Annual First Year Experience Conference (2013)

10th & 11th Annual Disabilities Symposium, University of Pennsylvania (April 2011, 2012)

College Reading and Learning Association 44th &45 Annual Conference (2011,2012)

International First-Year Experience Conference (2011, 2012)

New England Faculty Development Consortium (2011)

Academic Interests

Pedagogy in Higher Education

Four Domains of Learning, a framework for addressing the barriers to learning

Explicitly Designed Instruction

Academic Motivation, Emotions and Learning, Self-regulation

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