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    Course: Facilitating Adult Learning

    In this course, you will develop and hone your skills to facilitate adult learning in a variety of settings. You will learn about concepts that inform learner-centered methods and techniques of facilitating learning. Throughout the course, you will apply various methods and techniques in a variety of settings and reflect on how these methods influence learning. The repertoire of skills you will develop as facilitators of learning may be applied immediately. The concepts, methods, and techniques covered in this course are also relevant to on-line learning.

    Programs Associated with this Course
    • Educating Adults Certificate Program
    Who Should Attend

    This course is for those looking to build skills in facilitating, designing, and assessing the educational offerings and learning outcomes of adult students, including:

    • Human Resources professionals
    • Learning and development professionals
    • Corporate training professionals
    • Adjunct faculty in higher education
    • English as a Second Language instructors
    • GED instructors
    • Career changers looking to teach adults in formal and informal settings
    • Anyone seeking professional development related to teaching adults


    The Facilitating Adult Learning course will:

    • Provide a comprehensive understanding of the fundamentals you need to teach, train, and develop adult learners in academic and professional settings
    • Expand your expertise in teaching mature students
    • Teach you the means to develop effective adult training programs


    • Distinguish “facilitation” from “instruction” and recognize the role of both in adult learning.
    • Develop an approach to facilitating adult learning based on a general understanding of how the human brain “learns.” 
    • Assess your own assumptions, tendencies, and attributes as a facilitator to guide your ongoing practice and development.


    Is there a required text? 
    Yes, the course typically requires a textbook. In addition to the text, there will be other readings and articles posted on the D2L site.

    Are books included in the tuition fee? 
    The textbook is not included and needs to be purchased, but may be found for library loan. If you’re entering teaching adults as a profession, we encourage you to keep your textbooks for future reference. Supplementary readings are included and downloaded from the D2L site.

    Are courses taught in class or online? 
    Classes are taught online with zoom sessions for live instruction and discussions. 

    How long is the course? 
    This course is 10 weeks of instruction. It is one of the three courses required to earn the Educating Adults Certificate.

    Do I need prior education or work experience to enroll in the program? 
    While there are no prerequisite requirements, this course is designed at the Master’s educational level. You will be most successful if you have college-level writing skills.

    Will I have to write papers and take exams? 
    Our teaching philosophy is on applied learning. It is expected that your course work will show evidence of applying the course learning to a variety of applications. A final project or assessment plan will be due at the end of the course.

    For More Information, Contact:

    Hap Bryant

    Phone: +1 312-362-6327

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    Contact Us

    For general inquiries, please email us or call 312-362-6300.