Creating a Positive Learning Environment: Introduction to Adult Learning
  I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 42.0
Credit Value: 3.0
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Fall 2017
Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A
Equivalents: N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A

Program(s): Adult Education
Program Coordinator(s): Valerie Gillies
Course Leader or Contact: N/A
Version: 20170905_00
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: This course is offered on-campus and online. The sessions may include a variety of interactive and engaging activities including discussions, workshops, group activities, role plays, case studies and presentations. Readings, video, and podcasts may be provided online, on Sheridan's Learning and Teaching Environment (SLATE), to support class activities and reinforce material covered during class sessions. Assignment details will be provided in class and on SLATE. Students will need reliable access to the internet.

Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
Acquire foundational experience with both the theory and practice of adult education. Give yourself an overview of adult learning theory as well as an introduction to curriculum design. Learn about issues that relate to creating and facilitating a positive learning environment. This course is required as the first course in the Adult Education Program.

Program Context

Adult Education Program Coordinator(s): Valerie Gillies
This course represents the starting point for the Adult Education Program. Introduction to Adult Learning: Creating a Positive Learning Environment serves as an overview of the key ideas and skills related to facilitating learning with adults. Students are introduced to critical concepts that will be explored in more depth in subsequent courses in the Adult Education program.

Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

  Critical Performance:
By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to: apply the pedagogical theories and practices specific to the adult learner, encompassing the creation of positive learning spaces, curriculum design and delivery, and evaluation, at an introductory level.
Learning Outcomes:

To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Distinguish between andragogy and pedagogy.
  2. Discuss the impact of learning as an adult learner and adult educator.
  3. Incorporate learning outcomes, teaching and learning approaches, and evaluation strategies, congruent with adult learning theory, principles and practices, into the design and delivery of learning.
  4. Examine the diverse facet of teaching and learning in the 21st century and its effect on the theory and practice of adult education from a personal and global perspective.
  5. Report on adult education trends, issues, practices and theories using relevant and properly sourced research.
  6. Model teaching and learning professionalism in the learning dynamic, as an individual and team member.
  7. Assess self as a developing critically reflective practitioner.

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

 Evaluation Plan: ONLINE
 Learning Contract25.0%
 Practicum (lesson plan 10%; Practicum 25%)35.0%
 Assignments (3 x 5%)15.0%
 Practicum Reflection25.0%

Evaluation Notes and Academic Missed Work Procedure:
Please refer to the evaluation notes for the in-class instruction mode.

Evaluation Plan: IN-CLASS
 Learning Contract25.0%
 Practicum (lesson plan 10%; Practicum 25%)35.0%
 Assignments (3 x 5%)15.0%
 Practicum Reflection25.0%

Evaluation Notes and Academic Missed Work Procedure:
To encourage behaviours that will help students to be successful in the workplace and to ensure that students receive credit for their individual work, the following rules apply to every course offered within the Faculty of Continuing and Professional Studies. 1. Unless otherwise specified, assignments and projects must be submitted at the date and time specified by the instructor. 2. Students must complete every assignment as an individual effort, unless the professor specifies otherwise. 3. Since there may be instances of grade appeal or questions regarding the timely completion of assignments and/or extent of individual effort, etc., students are strongly advised to keep, and make available to their professor, if requested, a copy of all assignments and working notes until the course grade has been finalized. 4. There will be no re submission of work unless this has been previously agreed to or suggested by the professor. 5. Students must submit all assignments in courses with practical lab and field components in order to pass the course.

Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Colleges and Universities requirements:


Essential Employability Skills
Essential Employability Skills emphasized in the course:

  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Skills - Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) - Office of the Registrar
Students may apply to receive credit by demonstrating achievement of the course learning outcomes through previous relevant work/life experience, service, self-study and training on the job. This course is eligible for challenge through the following method(s):

  • Portfolio
  • Interview
  • Other

Section III: Topical Outline
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Print Instruction Mode Professor Applicable Student Group(s)
In-Class Cheryl Batten Continuing and Professional Studies students
Online Multiple Professors Continuing and Professional Studies students

Sheridan Policies

All Sheridan policies can be viewed on the Sheridan policy website.

Academic Integrity: The principle of academic integrity requires that all work submitted for evaluation and course credit be the original, unassisted work of the student. Cheating or plagiarism including borrowing, copying, purchasing or collaborating on work, except for group projects arranged and approved by the professor, or otherwise submitting work that is not the student's own, violates this principle and will not be tolerated. Students who have any questions regarding whether or not specific circumstances involve a breach of academic integrity are advised to review the Academic Integrity Policy and procedure and/or discuss them with the professor.

Copyright: A majority of the course lectures and materials provided in class and posted in SLATE are protected by copyright. Use of these materials must comply with the Acceptable Use Policy, Use of Copyright Protected Work Policy and Student Code of Conduct. Students may use, copy and share these materials for learning and/or research purposes provided that the use complies with fair dealing or an exception in the Copyright Act. Permission from the rights holder would be necessary otherwise. Please note that it is prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote. It is also prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own or your own work with the intent to assist others in cheating on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote.

Intellectual Property: Sheridan's Intellectual Property Policy generally applies such that students own their own work. Please be advised that students working with external research and/or industry collaborators may be asked to sign agreements that waive or modify their IP rights. Please refer to Sheridan's IP Policy and Procedure.

Respectful Behaviour: Sheridan is committed to provide a learning environment that supports academic achievement by respecting the dignity, self-esteem and fair treatment of every person engaged in the learning process. Behaviour which is inconsistent with this principle will not be tolerated. Details of Sheridan's policy on Harassment and Discrimination, Academic Integrity and other academic policies are available on the Sheridan policy website.

Accessible Learning: Accessible Learning coordinates academic accommodations for students with disabilities. For more information or to register, please see the Accessible Learning website (Statement added September 2016)

Course Outline Changes: The information contained in this Course Outline including but not limited to faculty and program information and course description is subject to change without notice. Any changes to course curriculum and/or assessment shall adhere to approved Sheridan protocol. Nothing in this Course Outline should be viewed as a representation, offer and/or warranty. Students are responsible for reading the Important Notice and Disclaimer which applies to Programs and Courses.

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