Learning Institute: 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.

Note: The Institute sessions are 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.
In this module, participants will learn to:

Expand and enhance facilitation skills by learning and practicing methods that foster meaningful shared discoveries, insights and results.
Design and deliver a participatory presentation that engages the participants by using different learning modalities.
Adjust instructional plans to engage learners who have different kinds of intelligences. 

Participants Will Receive

 Access to the dedicated online group site for additional resources and continued dialogue with Institute participants and the facilitator
 A complementary copy of Dan Pink’s A Whole New Mind.
 A group follow-up session 3-4 weeks after the Institute to discuss learning application in your practice setting.
 An additional 30-minute consultation with either Bruce or Jim to further refine your facilitation strategies. 

Who Should Attend 

Higher education faculty, academic advisors and other student service providers who are interested in integrating innovative strategies into their work with adult learners.
Workplace learning professionals (human resource, training and development, and others) who want to gain or maintain their certifications with the latest research and practice in facilitating adult learning.
Students and others who are building their skills and knowledge for working with adult learners.

The 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. 
He graduated as Phi Beta Kappa with a BA degree in Philosophy from Rutgers University and earned his M. Div. degree from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio. 
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.

—    HR Professionals: HRCI approved for 10.75 recertification credits
—    DePaul, SNL Students: May register for a 2 cr hr FDIS or GFDIS.

Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 9:00am to 4:00pm

DePaul University, School for New Learning, Center to Advance Education for Adults 14 East Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL


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$495 to $595

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