Adult Educator

Adult Educator Seminar Series Certificate of Completion

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Enhance your knowledge of adult learning principles and the specialized needs of adult learners through this dynamic and interactive seminar series. Develop strategies and techniques for immediate practical application to your work. In the information economy, lifelong learning is more important than ever before. It is critical for leaders, supervisors and trainers to have a grasp of adult learning in every environment, from business and government to education and nonprofit.

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

Earning Your Certificate of Completion
Classroom: Complete the 9 required courses and any 2 optional courses. Total: 36 hours.
Online: Complete the 3 online modules. Total: 36 hours.

Program Completion
Can be completed within 1 year up to a maximum of 3 years.

Career Benefits for:

  • Instructors and trainers
  • Staff development officers
  • Counsellors and group leaders
  • Curriculum and instructional designers
  • Human resource professionals

Fast Track

Complete the program in just 1 week! Available only in Spring and Summer semesters.

  • Spring 2015: Jun. 15-19
  • Summer 2015: Aug. 17-21

Accommodations available at The Hotel Residence at Mount Royal University. Call 403.440.6275 for reservations. More information

Required Courses - Classroom

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

Subject code: XAED 100013 Hours. Fee: $99 Choose 1 of the CRNs below
CRN 500591 classJun. 159 a.m.-noonMon.
CRN 700411 classAug. 179 a.m.-noonMon.

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 100043 Hours. Fee: $99 Choose 1 of the CRNs below
CRN 500651 classJun. 15 1-4 p.m. Mon.
CRN 700431 classAug. 171-4 p.m.Mon.

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 100053 Hours. Fee: $99 Choose 1 of the CRNs below
CRN 500671 classJun. 169 a.m.-noonTue.
CRN 700471 classAug. 189 a.m.-noonTue.

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 100023 Hours. Fee: $99 Choose 1 of the CRNs below
CRN 500611 classJun. 161-4 p.m.Tue.
CRN 700451 classAug. 181-4 p.m.Tue.

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 100063 Hours. Fee: $99 Choose 1 of the CRNs below
CRN 500691 classJun. 179 a.m.-noonWed.
CRN 700511 classAug. 199 a.m.-noonWed.

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 100163 Hours. Fee: $99Choose 1 of the CRNs below 
CRN 500731 classJun. 199 a.m.-noonFri.
CRN 700531 classAug. 219 a.m.-noonFri.

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 100073 Hours. Fee: $99 Choose 1 of the CRNs below
CRN 501951 classJun. 171-4 p.m.Wed.
CRN 700571 classAug 191-4 p.m.Wed.

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 100103 Hours. Fee: $99 Choose 1 of the CRNs below
CRN 500711 classJun. 181-4 p.m.Thu.
CRN 700591 classAug. 201-4 p.m.Thu.

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 100033 Hours. Fee: $99 Choose 1 of the CRNs below
CRN 500631 classJun. 189 a.m.-noonThu.
CRN 700611 classAug. 209 a.m.-noonThu.


Optional Courses - Classroom

Choose 2

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 100243 Hours. Fee: $99Not 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 100223 Hours. Fee: $99 Choose 1 of the CRNs below
CRN 500751 classJun. 186-9 p.m.Thu.
CRN 700491 classAug. 206-9 p.m.Thu.

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 100253 Hours. Fee: $99 Choose 1 of the CRNs below 
CRN 501061 classJun. 166-9 p.m.Tue.
CRN 700661 classAug. 186-9 p.m.Tue.

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 100153 Hours. Fee: $99Not offered this semester

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. 

Subject code: XAED 100173 Hours. Fee: $99Choose 1 of the CRNs below 
CRN 502431 classJun. 176-9 p.m.Wed.
CRN 702431 classAug. 196-9 p.m.Wed.


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 100113 Hours. Fee: $99Not 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 100323 Hours. Fee: $99Not offered this semester

Mind Mapping: Making the Most of Your Mind
Discover how to use Mind Maps, a simple graphic thinking and presentation tool with amazing power to improve how you organize and express your ideas. Apply Mind Mapping to textbook reading, lecture notes, oral presentations, test preparation, test taking and report writing. 

Subject code: XAED 100143 Hours. Fee: $99Not offered this semester

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 100093 Hours. Fee: $99 Not offered this semester

Task-Based Learning
Distinguish between learning and teaching tasks. Critically examine the philosophical and pedagogical assumptions underlying a learning-task approach. Explore the connection between content, objectives and learning tasks. Apply this approach to the context of your own teaching. 

Subject Code: XAED 100203 Hours. Fee: $99Not 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 100263 Hours. Fee: $99 
CRN 301331 classApr. 216:30-9:30 p.m.Tue.

Online Program

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 1002912 Hours. Fee: $369 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 1003012 Hours. Fee: $369 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 1003112 Hours. Fee: $369 
CRN 50108OnlineApr. 27-May 24  

Professional Development

Train-the-Trainer: Designing and Facilitating Training Programs
A well-trained workforce is vital to the competitiveness of every organization. To ensure that your organization’s training programs are current and effective, this intensive three-day workshop helps you plan, conduct and evaluate learner-centred programs. Cover learning styles, learner diversity, teaching techniques, program planning and ongoing assessment, and put theories into practice. 
Note: Put theory into practice by designing a learning module and doing a teaching demonstration on day 3.
Note: This workshop gives credit for 4 of the courses in the Adult Educator Seminar Series. Contact us for more information.
Course materials (required): available at the BookStore.

Subject code: XAED 10012 Not offered this semester


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