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Course Description

Start with any of the 5 core courses, offered twice a year.
This course is 12 learning hours including 4.5 hours of live sessions.  It is recommended that learners spend approximately 4 hours per week on this course, including the 1.5 hour live session. 


Theory can be a scary word for learners, but essentially, it is just a way to organize thoughts and ideas around a particular phenomenon.  Is there a "right" theory of adult learning?  Or should we think of theory as a "toolbox", where you select the proper tool for the context.  Are  you bound by these formal theories, or as you gain experience as an adult educator, do you begin to form your own personal theory of adult learning?

This course is designed to introduce you to the foundational theories and principles of adult learning.  You will explore the ways in which theory connects to practice, how to utilize the principles of Universal Design for Learning, and how to foster engagement in adult learning experiences.  Learners will also explore their own theory of adult learning.

Course Outline

  • Module 1: Principles of Adult Learning
  • Module 2: Four Foundational Theories
  • Module 3: Universal Design for Learning and Engagement

What You Will Learn

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • define "theory" and "practice"
  • recognize the principles of adult learning
  • describe the connection between theory and practice
  • identify the tenets of four key adult learning theories
  • discuss the principles of Universal Design for Learning as related to adult education
  • identify the learning theory most appropriate for your teaching context

Notes

For assistance or more information, please contact openlearning@dal.ca.

This course provides learners with the opportunity to earn a microcredential. A microcredential is evidence of the mastery of a skill or competency that is desired by employers. Dalhousie microcredentials are developed in collaboration with industries and organizations that are related to the content. A microcredential can be displayed on social media pages, digital resumes, personal webpages, and in email signatures. To earn the microcredential in this course, learners will need to successfully complete the competency-based assessment related to the microcredential content.

Recommended For

  • Those interested in working in the field of adult education (training, facilitation, coaching, mentoring, etc.)
  • Those interested in design learning programs for adults.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
Theories of Adult Learning
Type
Online - Asynchronous
Dates
Mar 04, 2022 to Mar 25, 2022
Type
Online - Synchronous
Days
Thursday
Time
7:00PM to 8:30PM
Dates
Mar 10, 2022 to Mar 24, 2022
Schedule and Location
Total Learning Hours
12.0
Location
  • Online Campus - Atlantic Time
Instruction Delivery Method(s)
Course Fee(s)
fee non-credit $650.00
Instructors
Section Notes
  • The course will open on the Friday, March 4, 2022.
  • This course includes 3 synchronous facilitated sessions from 7-8:30 pm. (Atlantic Time)  (1 1/2 hour sessions). Click on View Details above for exact dates.
  • Sessions will be recorded for those who have time conflicts.
Section Title
Theories of Adult Learning
Type
Online - Asynchronous
Dates
Sep 02, 2022 to Sep 23, 2022
Type
Online - Synchronous
Days
Thursday
Time
7:00PM to 8:30PM
Dates
Sep 08, 2022 to Sep 22, 2022
Schedule and Location
Total Learning Hours
12.0
Location
  • Online Campus - Atlantic Time
Instruction Delivery Method(s)
Course Fee(s)
fee non-credit $650.00
Instructors
Section Notes
  • The course will open on the Friday, September 2, 2022.
  • This course includes 3 synchronous facilitated sessions from 7-8:30 pm. (AST)  (1 1/2 hour sessions). Click on View Details above for exact dates.
  • Sessions will be recorded for those who have time conflicts.
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