Learning Design for Organizations

This 8-week online course is designed as a practical introduction to adult learning: just enough theory to guide practice and a variety of practical facilitation skills, tools and designs. All activities will be applicable to learning in organizations and will enable participants to translate what they learn into their workplace context. Participants can expect approximately 6 hours of work each week, including reading, online discussion posts and application of their learning at work.

Topics Covered:

Week 1. Introduction

  • Fostering the development of others
  • Self as facilitator / trainer / mentor

Week 2. Principles of Adult Learning

  • The adult learner
  • Learning styles

Week 3. Design for Learning

  • Learning outcomes
  • Universal design for learning

Week 4. Facilitator Skills

  • Climate setting, environment and ground rules
  • Process skills

Week 5. Facilitation Tools and Designs – Part 1: Divergent thinking – beyond the obvious first idea

Week 6. Facilitation Tools and Designs – Part 2: Groan zone – the muddle in the middle

Week 7. Facilitation Tools and Designs – Part 3: Convergent thinking – building agreements

Week 8. Integration: Participants are expected to bring a current group learning challenge from their workplace for practical application of concepts and techniques covered in the course to use in their design in weeks 3, 5, 6 and 7. An online webinar will be planned within the course at a point determined by participants.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Ability to summarize your personal mindset (values and beliefs) about fostering the development of others
  • Describe 3-5 key principles of adult learning
  • Describe the principles of universal design for learning and how to apply those principles in a learning session
  • Identify personal strengths and areas for development of facilitation skills
  • Design


Course Dates: Learning Design for Organizations

For more information about this course please contact Professional and Continuing Studies