Mastering Depth and Complexity


Forget about the latest education buzzwords, random mishmash ideas, and feel-good slogans that don’t accomplish anything. 

There’s a path to great teaching, and it’s here for you. Turn Depth and Complexity into your teaching superpower.

What if you could feel as good about your teaching at the END of the day as you did when you were sitting on your couch planning?

What if you could walk into your classroom everyday knowing you can meet the needs of varying levels of students at the same time? 

What if you could stop worrying about testing and just teach, building the classroom you really want?

Hi, I’m List Van Gemert, an educator and author of the bestselling book on Depth and Complexity.

 In just a few hours, I will teach you everything you need to know to create amazing learning opportunities for students full of deep thinking, lively discussion, and content mastery at a level you never dreamed possible. 

12 Modules

Module 1: Introduction to Depth and Complexity

Module 1:

In this module, you’ll learn:

    • The need for Depth and Complexity and its origin story
    • How Depth and Complexity can help you as a teacher

The two lessons in this module will set you on the path of your Depth & Complexity journey!

Note: If you're using a district internet connection, make sure Vimeo is not blocked in order to be able to see the videos. If you'd like to test it, here's a link to a documentary on Vimeo about the beach party movie genre!

Module 2: The Thinking Prompts, Part 1

Module 2:

In this module, you’ll learn these four thinking prompts:

    • Ethics ⚖️
    • Patterns 🌀
    • Rules 🚦
    • Multiple Perspectives 🕶️

The four lessons in this module give you four amazing tools to use right away!

Module 3: The Thinking Prompts, Part 2

Module 3:

In this module, you’ll learn these four thinking prompts:

    • Details🍃
    • Language of the Discipline👄
    • Big Idea🌳
    • Change over Time⏳

Wow! When you're done with this module, you'll have eight of the eleven thinking prompts in your toolbox!

At the end of each lesson, you will answer a single question as a quick check for understanding. This makes it more likely you'll have no difficulty with the assessment!

Remember, if you have any questions, send me an email at or join in the livestreamed office hours each month. You'll be getting email information about the livestreams!

Module 4: The Thinking Prompts, Part 3

Module 4:

In this module, you’ll learn the Depth & Complexity thinking prompts of:

    • Unanswered Questions❓
    • Trends📈
    • Across Disciplines📚

The three lessons in this module will complete your understanding of the eleven thinking prompts.

Module 5: Frames

Module 5: Frames

Now that you've learned about the eleven thinking prompts, you're ready to learn one of the coolest things to do with Depth and Complexity - create frames. 

By the end of this module, you'll have mastered:

  • Why we use frames
  • How to create a quality frame
  • Different frame shapes
  • Activities and options with frames
  • Common mistakes in frames

At the end of each lesson, you will answer a single question as a quick check for understanding. This makes it more likely you'll have no difficulty with the assessment!

Module 6: Introducing Students to the Framework

In this Bonus Module, you'll learn how to introduce the Depth and Complexity framework to students.

Be sure to get the link to the slidedeck in your Course Guide. It has the slides you can use to introduce the framework itself, as well as all of the thinking prompts!

Module 7: The Content Imperatives

Module 7: The Content Imperatives

This module explores the five Content Imperatives. You're going to LOVE them!

By the end of this module, you'll have mastered the use of:

  • Contribution
  • Convergence
  • Origin
  • Parallel
  • Paradox

Module 11: Assessment and Course Certificate

Module 11: Assessment and Course Certificate

Now that you've completed the required modules of the course (Modules 1 - 5), you are ready to take the assessment and earn your certificate.

Depth and Complexity Editable Frames BONUS


Depth and Complexity editable frames!

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