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    Course: Designing Educational Offerings

    In this course, you will be introduced to major components involved in designing educational offerings for adult learners in various face-to-face settings. You will develop (or revise) a design plan for an educational offering appropriate to your selected adult clientele. You will learn to articulate learning outcomes around which to build your design plan (backward design) and apply theories, concepts, best practices and principles of adult learning while making design decisions. The design principles addressed in this course are also relevant to on-line environments.

    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 Designing Educational Offerings 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


    • Identify and apply theories, concepts, principles and/or models regarding adult learning that inform design choices in general as well as for your specific learn experience design.
    • Examine a variety of techniques to employ in a learning experience to enhance memory, retain and recall information, and create an element of surprise.
    • Produce a design plan of an educational offering for a select audience of adult learners to address all core elements of design.


    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

    Upcoming Class Offerings

    Designing Educational Offerings

    Dates: 06/17/2024 - 08/24/2024
    Time: -
    Meeting Pattern Not specified
    Location: Online
    Cost: $999.00
    Registration Deadline: 06/19/2024 - a $75 late fee will be assessed after this date for late registrations
    Final Deadline: 06/19/2024 


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    Contact Us

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