Institute Module: Innovative Strategies for Facilitating Adult Learning

CAEA's Adult Learning Innovation Institute

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Innovative Strategies for Facilitating Adult Learning


In this highly interactive two-day module participants will learn strategies to engage and motivate adult learners in their educational and training settings. Session facilitators will demonstrate learner-centered instruction and teach participants how to keep adults focused and attentive even through multiple hours of a training or course using a variety of innovative strategies.


This Adult Learning Innovation Institute module takes place over two days, from 9AM-4PM, with a one hour lunch break each day.


Day One sets the context by engaging participants in several essential components of learning community formation, followed by an interactive discussion about adults as learners and elements of facilitation and learner-centered instructional planning.

Day Two gives participants an opportunity to put their new learning into practice by experimenting with new strategies. Participants will also consider the impact of instructor expectations on learning outcomes, as well how to design and facilitate guided conversations for collaborative learning.


Regardless of experience level, each participant will increase his/her repertoire of strategies for facilitating learning for use in his/her practice. The facilitators will provide follow-up feedback and coaching to support continued competence development in innovative facilitation strategies in the participants work with adult learners.

  • HR Professionals: HRCI approval pending
  • DePaul, SNL Students: Talk to your faculty mentor for information on independent study options

Institute Faculty

Bruce Williams As an international consultant for over 40 years, Bruce is noted for expertise in group facilitation and various instructional strategies. He has authored More Than 50 Ways to Build Team Consensus, Twelve Roles of Facilitators for School Change, and Brain Compatible Learning for the Block and four others. His specialty is facilitating participative, interactive group workshops. In addition, Bruce brings exceptional skills with diverse populations aided by both living and working overseas. Bruce has been an part-time instructor for DePaul University since 2007. In the spring and autumn of 2013, he offered a modification of the course Facilitating Adult Learning to faculty of Tangaza College in Kenya.


Jim Kelly’s background includes training of trainers, group facilitation and experiential learning. He co-teaches with Bruce Williams “Facilitating Adult Learning” in DePaul’s M.A. in Educating Adults program. For 25 years, he conducted Training of Trainers programs in Peace Corps training centers throughout Central and South America. He trained local professional staff to employ learner-centered facilitation techniques and to design engaging learning environments. Jim resided and worked for extended times in El Salvador, Venezuela and Chile. He also has significant working experience in Mexico, Central America, Peru, Paraguay, Haiti and Jamaica. He is fluent in Spanish and has an M.A in International and Cross-Cultural Training from Antioch University.


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Friday, August 8, 2014 at 9:00am to 4:00pm

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