Adult Educator

Adult Educator Seminar Series Certificate of Completion

Classroom, Fast Track and Online

This seminar series is for facilitators of adult learners who want to expand their knowledge of adult learning principles and develop their teaching and training skills in a meaningful way. This dynamic and interactive program will build your strategies and techniques for practical application with adult learners. An excellent professional development program to complement your career in education or training in the workplace.

  • Gain the skills to plan, administer and deliver education to adults in the workplace, nonprofit organizations and educational settings
  • Enhance your skills as a volunteer, educator, trainer or coach
  • Complement your HR, counselling or staff training knowledge
  • Classroom version - complete the 9 required courses, and 2 optional courses (33 Hours)
  • Online version – complete the 3 required courses (36 hours)
  • Can be completed within 1 year up to a maximum of 3 years
  • Accommodations available at The Hotel Residence at Mount Royal University. Call 403.440.6275 for reservations. More information
  • Complete the program in just 1 week! Available only in Spring and Summer semesters.
  • The 2017 schedule is below:
Time Mon. Tue. Wed. Thur. Fri.
9 a.m. -
12 p.m.
Principles of Adult Learning Assessing Teaching and Learning Effective Teaching Techniques Tools to Enhance Instruction Culturally Responsive Facilitation
1 - 4 p.m. Designing Learning Outcomes Learning Styles Classroom Presentation Skills Conflict Resolution in the Classroom Using Case Studies in the Classroom
6 - 9 p.m.   Generational Differences Designing and Assessing Assignments    

Required Textbook
Adult Educator Seminar Series available at the BookStore. This text will be used for all required courses.


Principles of Adult Learning
Explore principles of adult learning that can be applied to planning and facilitating effective courses. 

Subject code: XAED 10001 3 Hours. Fee: $99  
CRN 50038
1 class June 12 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Mon.
CRN 70027 1 class Aug. 14 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Mon.

Designing Learning Outcomes
Write clear and concise learning outcomes that guide instructional design and assessment. This process provides learners with measurable course expectations and targeted competencies.

Subject code: XAED 10002 3 Hours. Fee: $99  
CRN 50040
1 class June 12 1 - 4 p.m. Mon.
CRN 70031 1 class Aug. 14 1 - 4 p.m. Mon.

Classroom Presentation Skills
Explore effective verbal and non-verbal communication techniques for classroom delivery. Focus on vocal approach, use of space, style of presentation and body language. 

Subject code: XAED 10003 3 Hours. Fee: $99  
CRN 50042 1 class June 14 1 - 4 p.m. Wed.
CRN 70045 1 class Aug. 16 1 - 4 p.m. Wed.

Learning Styles: Implications for Adult Educators
Improve your teaching effectiveness and your students’ learning potential. Using the Kolb Learning Style Inventory, identify ways to enhance your teaching strategies. 

Subject code: XAED 10004 3 Hours. Fee: $99  
CRN 50044
1 class June 13
1 - 4 p.m.
CRN 70029
1 class Aug. 15
1 - 4 p.m.

Effective Teaching Techniques
Expand your repertoire of teaching techniques to achieve instructional goals and meet the specialized needs of adult learners. Share your experiences in the classroom while discovering innovative ways to match learning outcomes with effective instructional techniques. 

Subject code: XAED 10005 3 Hours. Fee: $99  
CRN 50046
1 class June 14 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Wed.
CRN 70033
1 class Aug. 16 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Wed.

Assessing Teaching and Learning

Examine a variety of techniques for ongoing assessment of student learning in relation to your instructional effectiveness. Review assessment techniques that can be designed and implemented to improve the quality of the classroom experience. 

Subject code: XAED 10006 3 Hours. Fee: $99  
CRN 30019
1 class Mar. 15 6:30-9:30 p.m. Wed.
CRN 50048 1 class June 13 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Tue.
CRN 70037 1 class Aug. 15 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Tue.

Tools to Enhance Instruction and Presentation
Review various media tools used to enhance instruction and presentations. Explore how best to match content with media tools to create the most meaningful learning experience. 

Subject code: XAED 10007 3 Hours. Fee: $99  
CRN 30022
1 class Apr. 19 6:30-9:30 p.m. Wed.
CRN 50104 1 class June 15 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Thur.
CRN 70041 1 class Aug. 17 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Thur.

Conflict Resolution in the Classroom
Diversity of experience and perspective enriches the classroom, but at times these differences can create conflict. How can we manage conflict or even anger among adult learners without discouraging different points of view? Bring your experiences and worst fears for review and practise techniques for handling conflict effectively. 

Subject code: XAED 10010 3 Hours. Fee: $99  
CRN 30050
1 class Apr. 12 6:30-9:30 p.m. Wed.
CRN 50050 1 class June 15 1 - 4 p.m. Thur.
CRN 70043 1 class Aug. 17 1 - 4 p.m. Thur.

Culturally Responsive Facilitation
Discover sensitive and practical strategies for working with culturally diverse adult learners to create safe and respectful learning environments. Using a motivational framework, explore values, learning strategies and structures necessary to establish inclusion, develop attitude, enhance meaning and engender competence for all adult learners. 

Subject code: XAED 10016 3 Hours. Fee: $99  
CRN 30027
1 class Apr. 5 6:30-9:30 p.m. Wed.
CRN 50052 1 class June 16 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Fri.
CRN 70039 1 class Aug. 18 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Fri.

Choose 2 of the following optional courses.


Designing a Living Course Syllabus
Design a course syllabus/outline to serve as a planning device to organize your course and to guide course work for you and your students. Use your course syllabus/outline as an interactive road map that outlines what should be taught, why, by whom to whom, and under what conditions. 

Subject Code: XAED 10024 3 Hours. Fee: $99 Not offered this semester

Generational Differences in Learning
Each generation or cohort of individuals has a set of defining events — social, political, cultural — associated with their lives. The resulting experiences influence the way they see the world, including their approaches and attitudes toward learning. Explore these generational differences and the implications they hold for teaching and learning. 

Subject code: XAED 10022 3 Hours. Fee: $99  
CRN 50054
1 class June 13 6 - 9 p.m. Tue.
CRN 70035
1 class Aug. 15 6 - 9 p.m. Tue.

Designing and Assessing Student Assignments
Take the guesswork out of designing and assessing a student’s performance. Discover how to apply a process for designing and assessing assignments that link outcomes, learning activities, assessment and feedback. As well, design and apply assessment criteria (rubrics). 

Subject Code: XAED 10025 3 Hours. Fee: $99   
CRN 50069 1 class June 14 6 - 9 p.m. Wed.
CRN 70277 1 class Aug. 16 6 - 9 p.m. Wed.


Explore how storytelling can motivate student learning. The background and history of storytelling are explained. Discuss how to choose and present stories to suit your teaching purposes.

Subject code: XAED 10015 3 Hours. Fee: $99  
CRN 30782
1 class Mar. 22 6:30-9:30pm Wed.

Online Facilitation
Explore and share various tips and tricks for facilitating online learning successfully.  Examine the use of asynchronous and synchronous communication systems in education. Discuss how to utilize these systems and develop appropriate teaching strategies for the adult learner. 
Basic computer skills required.

Subject code: XAED 10017 3 Hours. Fee: $99  Not offered this semester

Developing Fair Tests
Too often, instructors forget to link evaluation to the learning objectives initially established for the course. Look at ways to design valid tests or exams so that they fit with the types of learning outcomes you desire – cognitive, psychomotor or affective. 

Subject code: XAED 10011 3 Hours. Fee: $99   Not offered this semester

 Using Case Studies in the Classroom 

Case studies can be valuable interactive teaching tools, helping your students to develop problem-solving skills. Lean the qualities of an effective case study, recognize common mistakes in writing case studies and design a case study that bridges the gap between theory and practice. 

Subject code: XAED 10032 3 Hours. Fee: $99  
CRN 50503 1 class June 16 1 - 4 p.m. Fri.
CRN 70279 1 class Aug. 18 1 - 4 p.m. Fri.

Improve Your Voice
Acquire techniques to improve the quality of your voice. Develop projection and enhance voice tone through relaxation, breathing and voice exercises.

Subject code: XAED 10009 3 Hours. Fee: $99  Not offered this semester

 Supporting Learners with Disabilities 

As an instructor, you may feel unprepared to meet the learning needs of adults with disabilities. Through small and large group discussions and reflective exercises, explore instructional strategies that support learners with various types of disabilities and enhance learning for all your participants. Investigate options and resources available. 

Subject code: XAED 10026 3 Hours. Fee: $99  
CRN 30898
1 class Apr. 26 6:30-9:30 pm Wed.

The Adult Educator Seminar Series is available in three online modules. Course materials are included online.

  • Check the technical requirements for using the Blackboard online learning platform before registering.
  • Please log in to your Blackboard course on the official course start date and refer to your course outline for assignment due dates.
  • The listed online course hours indicate the estimated time for students to review the online learning units. Your actual time spent completing assignments may vary.
  • Intermediate skills in MS Word are strongly recommended In order to succeed in this program.

Required Courses - Online

Core Concepts of Adult Learning
Be introduced to the foundations of adult learning. Course includes: Principles of Adult Learning, Designing Learning Outcomes, Learning Styles, Designing a Living Course Syllabus.

Subject code: XAED 10029 12 Hours. Fee: $379  Not offered this semester.

 Skills and Techniques for Adult Learning 
Acquire skills and techniques to make your classes enjoyable and effective. Course includes: Effective Teaching Techniques, Classroom Presentation Skills, Assessing Teaching and Learning, Online Facilitation.

Subject code: XAED 10030 12 Hours. Fee: $379  Not offered this semester.

Refine and Enhance Instruction for Adult Learning
Polish your presentations for enhanced learning in your classroom. Course includes: Tools to Enhance Instruction and Presentation, Culturally Responsive Facilitation, Conflict Resolution in the Classroom, Generational Differences in Learning.

Subject code: XAED 10031 12 Hours. Fee: $379  
CRN 30700 Online Apr. 3-30

Working with adult learners on a daily basis, I found the Adult Educator Seminar Series Certificate of Completion has helped me to communicate more effectively and determine practical strategies to allow mature students to be successful. This program has left me feeling confident in my ability to develop measurable learning outcomes and be creative in the process! Informative courses, fantastic instructors.

- Stephanie Jones

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For information about this program:
403.440.6867 or 1.866.616.3606
Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary AB T3E 6K6

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