Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education Courses

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Core Courses

Adult Learning and Development

1.0 required course in the CACE program.

Offered online and face-to-face at UVic.

The content of this course reflects the large body of knowledge in the area of lifespan development. We’ll examine adult development, learning and change, and relate these areas to andragogy.

Emphasis is placed on the importance of both contextual factors and individual differences when examining the process of learning in adults.

Facilitating Adult Learning

1.0 required course in the CACE program.

Offered online and face-to-face at UVic.

In this course, we’ll explore the complexity of the teaching/learning process in the education of adults and identify and define the assumptions, values and beliefs that underlie your decisions as a facilitator. We’ll also analyze the application and implications of educational principles in the design, delivery and evaluation of adult learning.

Foundations of Adult Education

1.0 required course in the CACE program.

Offered online and face-to-face at UVic.

Examine the history of adult education from both the international and local perspectives, and analyze the underlying philosophical, sociological, historical and political foundations of adult education. Then, apply your insights to contemporary adult education issues.

Program Planning in Adult Education

1.0 required course in the CACE program.

Offered online and face-to-face at UVic.

In this course, you will identify and examine the planning procedures and strategies that result in efficient and effective programs for adults learning in a wide variety of social and institutional settings. You’ll also develop basic skills or enhance and redefine your current skill levels.


Elective Courses

Accessible Diversity in the Workplace: Theory to Practice

Available for 0.5 elective credit in the CACE program.

Only offered face-to-face at UVic.

This workshop will critically examine and help bridge the gap between diversity theories and practice. It will help break down common misconceptions and encourage students to develop practical ways to address diversity challenges.

You will learn about theories of diversity and the challenges in applying these theories in the workplace and beyond, as you create strategies to achieve your diversity goals and develop practical plans for facilitating diversity.

Delivery method: face-to-face only

Advanced Facilitation Skills: Engaging Groups

Available for 0.5 elective credit in the CACE program.

Only offered face-to-face at UVic.

In this workshop, you will deepen your facilitation skills by experiencing four powerful group process models that will help you:

  • maximize learner engagement
  • develop strategies for group achievement
  • facilitate change in your learning environment or organization

Learn how these four models work, and then take them back to your team, department, community organization or company.

Appreciative Inquiry

Available for 0.5 elective credit in the CACE program.

Offered online and face-to-face at UVic.

Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is an energizing approach for sparking positive organizational change and group development that is ideal in adult education classrooms, communities, workplaces or virtual spaces.

Unlike traditional problem-based tools and models that focus on what is not working well, AI focuses on what is working well (appreciative) by engaging you in asking questions and telling stories (inquiry). This shift in focus to the positive generates life within the organization/group, allowing it to move more effectively towards its goals.

Using the textbook Appreciative Inquiry in Higher Education: A Transformative Force, co-authored by your instructor, you will examine the theory behind AI, engage in the “5D” model (definition, discovery, dream, design and delivery), and explore ways to apply AI.

Assessment and Evaluation in Adult Learning

Available for 1.0 elective credit in the CACE program.

Only offered online.

This course focuses on the place of assessment and evaluation in the context of curriculum design/development/delivery and adult learning. Students will learn how to analyze and evaluate assessment and evaluation tools and strategies that allow them to meet the needs of various learners and stakeholders. Students will demonstrate their learning by designing an evaluation strategy appropriate for the curriculum used in their own workplace-learning context. 

Blended Learning in the Workplace

Available for 1.0 elective credit in the CACE program.

Only offered online.

Many organizations today are using blended learning models to deliver training and facilitate learning. So: what is blended learning and how can you use it to create quality, engaging learning events? 

In this hands-on course you will learn how to design synchronous and asynchronous blended training that will engage learners and make learning stick. There will be opportunities to network, collaborate and share a variety of blended learning design and development tools and techniques. 

A blended learning approach is integral to the delivery of this course. You will be engaging in asynchronous directed and self-directed learning and virtual classroom learning activities.

Learner assessment in this course is performance-based. There are three course assignments that reflect real-world training situations.

This is an advanced level course with a focus on the application of tools and technologies to workplace training. 

Constructing Change through Creative Goal Setting

* PLEASE NOTE: If you came to this page looking for the course, The Calls to Action from the TRC: Where Do We Begin?, please click here.

Available for 0.5 elective credit in the CACE program.

Only offered face-to-face at UVic.

Goal setting is both an art and a science. By learning more creative ways to assist learners and clients with their goals, you can provide inspiration and impetus for meaningful change.

This course will appeal to career practitioners, teachers, trainers and human resource personnel who wish to become more effective as helpers. It is an opportunity to develop new skills in helping yourself and others set goals that are personal, sensible and dynamic. Learning will be achieved through practice sessions, videos and mapping techniques.

Cracking Through to Creativity

Available for 0.5 elective credit in the CACE program.

Only offered face-to-face at UVic.

This workshop will introduce you to a variety of creativity tools that will enhance problem solving, goal setting and visionary thinking in both business and personal contexts.

Using experiential exercises, you will learn how to think more creatively and freely as an individual as well as a team member. Creativity tools offer new perspectives and can inform action to enable you to become an effective change agent at work as well as at home.

You will receive a handout package detailing the tools acquired in class, as well as a reference list for other creativity sources.

Discovering Our Many Intelligences

Available for 0.5 elective credit in the CACE program.

Only offered face-to-face at UVic.

Remember when IQ was the major predictor of professional success? Well, no longer. Research shows that our emotional intelligence is the primary indicator for both personal and professional success; the good news is that it can be learned.

In this workshop, we’ll explore and hone our emotional intelligence using the research from Goleman, Bar-On and Short. In addition, we'll learn about Gardener's multiple intelligence theory and how to implement this into our working world and personal relationships.

Dynamic Presentations: A Public Speaking & Presentation Skills Workshop

Available for 0.5 elective credit in the CACE program.

Only offered face-to-face at UVic.

The ability to speak well in front of a group is a fundamental skill in the professional world. Moreover, the ability to convey important information to a group is pivotal to team and organizational success. So why is it that so many presentations are long, boring and lacking in inspiration? Enter Dynamic Presentations.

In this workshop, students will learn the three most important elements of a solid presentation: narrative, argument and audience engagement. Using the Pecha Kucha (pe-CHA ku-CHA) format of presenting, students will learn to deliver a leading edge presentation that will educate, motivate, persuade and entertain an audience.

Effective Coaching for Learning in the Workplace

Available for 0.5 elective credit in the CACE program.

Only offered face-to-face at UVic.

Coaching is a powerful catalyst for supporting individual and team learning in the workplace. Coaching helps others think through their issues or problems and find their own solutions.

Workplace coaching is less like sports coaching, where the coach tells players what to do, and more about creating an environment for learning and enhancing personal learning skills. Effective workplace coaches foster curiosity where individuals feel comfortable discussing their challenges and hopes, exploring their current reality, brainstorming options and making actionable plans to move toward their future. An effective coach is a good thinking partner, not necessarily a content expert or instructor.

This workshop is designed to help participants develop the skills to support others’ to discover their own solutions, especially when it seems easier to just deliver the answer.

E-Learning: Design and Development

Available for 1.0 elective credit in the CACE program.

Only offered online.

If you want to learn how to design and build engaging e-learning courses, experiences and activities, then this course is for you.

This online course will provide hands-on learning opportunities based on each individual participant’s particular audience and learning strategy. Participants will learn how to create storyboards, conduct effective needs analysis and gain stakeholder buy-in.

Throughout the course participants will be building their e-learning courses, experiences and activities and upon completion they will showcase their final product. With a diverse learner population in the course, there will be opportunities to network, collaborate and share a variety of e-learning design and development techniques.

Facilitating Dream Teams in the Workplace

Available for 0.5 elective credit in the CACE program.

Only offered face-to-face at UVic.

Teamwork is a mainstay in most organizations. A group of dedicated individuals working toward a common goal can create exceptional results – if the team is healthy and adaptive. But how do you, as the leader of a team, create a healthy team that knows how to learn from and trust each other?

If you are a trainer, facilitator or instructor responsible for a team, this workshop is for you. We’ll learn how to build trust, learning and cooperation into the fabric of teams. Drawing upon experts in the field such as Patrick Lencioni, Bolman & Deal, Peter Senge, Bruce Tuckman and Kohn & O’Connell, you’ll leave this workshop knowing how to build a true dream team.

 

Facilitating Intercultural Relationships

In this course, students will develop a range of interpersonal and organizational skills that build positive intercultural relationships and strengthen communication. The course focuses on strategies to develop and value multiple perspectives and worldviews and to facilitate intercultural relationships within the context of deconstructing ideologies, social issues and social change movements, which impact every aspect of our society as well as our personal world-views.

Participants and instructors will engage critically, deeply and honestly. Together we’ll aim to facilitate and create a respectful community of learners using a dialogical (dialogue) model and an action-reflection process throughout classes and assignments. Topics for critical analysis include:

  • equality
  • equity
  • knowledge
  • leadership
  • privilege
  • race
  • class
  • orientation
  • oppression
  • social justice and injustice

We will work toward developing strategies and action plans for social change and transformation in our respective spheres of influence.

Improving Performance through Learning Transfer

Available for 1.0 elective credit in the CACE program.

Only offered online.

One of the biggest challenges facing today’s training professionals is ensuring that what’s learned in training is applied to the job. Drawing on research emerging from the training sciences, we’ll explore the transfer of training process and examine the critical factors that influence the effectiveness of training. You will develop training transfer strategies that will enhance the impact of training on performance and organizational effectiveness in your workplace.

Instructional Design in Adult Education

Available for 1.0 elective credit in the CACE program.

Only offered online.

How do people learn? What is an effective instructional model? Instructional design is a complex process with its own history, body of literature, practitioners and research community. Effective instructional designers understand learning theories and the systems approach to training as well as the development process.

This instructional design course benefits all those responsible for providing learning opportunities to working professionals. This is a practical course, focusing on the application of theory to the practice of teaching and learning.

Instructional Skills Workshop

Available for 0.5 elective credit in the CACE program.

Only offered face-to-face at UVic.

In this workshop, you will improve your instructional skills and facilitate learning by designing and delivering three 10 minute lessons, and by participating as a learner in other people’s lessons. Feedback from participants and discussion of learning theory will help you develop effective teaching practices. We create a supportive and confidential learning environment where you can experiment and learn from others.

We’ll also:

  • identify and discuss instructional and classroom issues
  • learn how to use audiovisual media
  • explore learning and teaching styles

Participants regularly declare that this workshop has been a pivotal experience in their careers. If you wish to be an instructor, then the Instructional Skills Workshop is the place to start! If you are experienced, the Instructional Skills Workshop is a powerful, experiential workshop or laboratory in which to refine your practice.

Organizational Change through Transformative Learning

Available for 1.0 elective credit in the CACE program.

Only offered online.

The successful implementation of today’s organizational change initiatives requires individuals to learn new systems of beliefs. Building on two of the CACE core courses—Adult Learning and Development and Facilitating Adult Learningthis CACE elective will help you:

  • think critically and reflect on the process of change and transformational learning
  • structure and facilitate this learning for change at the personal, team and organizational levels

This course will examine primary models, the characteristics of instructional design and the process of development. We’ll apply the specific uses to adult education settings.

Planning Program Evaluation

Available for 1.0 elective credit in the CACE program.

Only offered online.

This course focuses on the application of program evaluation theory and principles with a focus on application in an adult education setting. Students will learn how to build a practical program evaluation, to understand the real-life barriers that face evaluation projects and the strategies that can be used to overcome these barriers.

We’ll briefly review program evaluation history, including the emergence of evaluation models. Five key models will be examined and related to the five forms of evaluation developed by Owen (1999). Mini case studies will be used to exemplify these models and forms. Evaluation approaches will be applied to the various mini-cases and a detailed design plan (blueprint) will be developed for a particular case

Project Management

Get a handle on your project. Whatever your area of expertise, learn and apply the fundamental concepts of effective project management. A seasoned PMP designated professional will work with you throughout a project management cycle: initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, controlling and closing. You will learn how to maximize the use of MS Project software throughout this project cycle.

You’ll learn:

  • the concepts and methodologies needed to plan, manage and track performance over a complete project life cycle
  • cost–benefit analysis
  • change control management
  • quality control
  • risk management
  • performance tracking and corrective action

The online format of the course lets you study from anywhere, anytime.

Text: An Introduction to Project Management (Fifth Edition), Schwalbe.

Strategic Training: Improving Workplace Learning and Performance

Are your training programs contributing to the achievement of organizational goals? Aligning training programs with an organization’s business strategy plays a critical role in addressing many of today’s workplace challenges.

In this workshop, you will examine how the role of training is changing and analyze the relationship between training, performance and business strategy. You will develop a deeper understanding of how to design training programs that can improve employee performance and meet business needs. You will leave the workshop with an action plan that outlines what, where and how improvements may be implemented.

Strategies and Tools for Teaching Adults Online

Available for 1.0 elective credit in the CACE program.

Only offered online.

This course focuses on the practical aspects of teaching adults online. You’ll learn how to apply adult teaching and learning principles to make your courses more meaningful and memorable.

Using online tools and strategies, you will create activities, content/curriculum, and projects that:

  • encourage participation
  • build community
  • engage learners

You will discuss the challenges you and others may face in teaching online and find ways to overcome them.

*formerly titled Instructional Skills for Teaching Adults Online

Training and Development

Available for 1.0 elective credit in the CACE program.

Only offered online.

In today’s rapidly changing world, competitive organizations are learning organizations. A key requirement for their success is an effective training and development program that helps employees develop their personal and organizational knowledge, skills and performance.

Learning activities and assignments will provide knowledge and skill development and address participants’ interests. In addition, participants will learn how to use online tools for staying current and connected to the wider community of peers, information and networks relevant to training and development.

Training Needs Assessment

Available for 1.0 elective credit in the CACE program.

Only offered online.

This course investigates how to identify needs related to learning and improvement. Through discussions and assignments, participants will develop a practical approach to successfully conducting a needs assessment for the purpose of creating valid, job-related courses and curricula.

Participants will learn to:

  • locate and analyze information from different sources like performance appraisals
  • prepare surveys and write effective survey questions
  • prepare and conduct effective interviews
  • analyze the data gathered and identify key trends and themes
  • summarize findings into useful charts, graphs and reports
  • interact with and manage stakeholders and team members
  • present and explain the results of the needs assessment

During the course and working with others, participants will carry out a needs assessment under realistic conditions to resolve the problems encountered and share their experience with others. 

Workplace Learning Across the Generations

Available for 0.5 elective credit in the CACE program.

Only offered face-to-face at UVic.

This workshop provides participants with a fun, interactive and educational learning experience focused on generational diversity in the workplace.

Today’s workforce is made up of employees from four different generations—people who bring different attitudes, values, priorities and approaches to their work. These generational disconnects can lead to conflict, but they can also add strength and advantages when managed effectively.

Participants in this workshop will explore this diversity and use the knowledge they gain to develop strategies for creating workshop learning opportunities that will enhance the health and performance of all employees in their workplaces—strategies that respect others, work well in team situations and develop communication systems that will be meaningful for all generations.

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