Teaching Adult Lifelong Learners

College-Approved Certificate (8 courses) Part-time On Campus
Program Code: 6143X02PWO Academic Year: 2016/2017


This program is listed under the following fields of study:

Our Program

As educators strive to become professors of the 21st century, they must start by scrutinizing their understanding of the traditional learning environments before embarking on the move to a more global classroom. Professors of the 21st century are expected to facilitate the learning process of their students, as well as the development of competencies that are needed for the realities of today's universal educational market.

This College Certificate program focuses on the seven competencies of the Algonquin College Professor of the 21st Century Framework. Participants are introduced to a variety of teaching and learning strategies through the use of hybrid and online learning, mini-teaching sessions, and in-class workshops, culminating in both a teaching practicum and portfolio.

Participants learn how to use technology to enhance the learning process, advancing their ability to design and develop curricula that promote student success. Participants also examine how professional practice within the discipline of teaching, influences personal learning and global citizenship.

To qualify for this certificate, you must complete the program within five years.

Fees & Expenses

Fees for part-time programs are charged on a course-by-course basis and are published on each individual course page. For questions related to fees, please call the Registrar's Office at 613-727-0002.

Graduation Fee

Once you have completed all the courses in the program, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the Registrar's Office to obtain a certificate/diploma application. A graduation fee of $40 will be charged when the application is submitted. When your certificate/diploma application has been approved, you will be invited to Spring or Fall Convocation.

Admission Requirements

College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).
Program Eligibility

Applicants must be currently working in the adult education field and must have professional or industry certification and/or relevant work experience. An interview may be required to determine suitability of relevant work experience.

College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).
Program Eligibility

Applicants must be currently working in the adult education field and must have professional or industry certification and/or relevant work experience. An interview may be required to determine suitability of relevant work experience.

Notes

Please note: Participants who choose to take EDU2004, EDU2012, or EDU2013 are required to pay an additional online technology fee.

CCOL Academic Planner

The Academic Planner provides registered part-time students in the Centre for Continuing and Online Learning (CCOL) the ability to declare into a program of study. The Academic Planner outlines successfully completed courses to date, as well as courses that need to be completed in order to meet graduation requirements. It is therefore, essential that all part-time students in CCOL declare to their program of study, allowing administrators to plan course offerings. The tool is available on ACSIS, located under 'Continuing Education' on the left-hand toolbar.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact Leigh Ridgway, Program Coordinator, at 613-727-4723 ext. 5591 or ridgwal@algonquincollege.com.

Courses

Online:Online Learning   On campus: On Campus
Course
Number
HoursCourse NameWinterSummer
TTA550118.0Teaching Adults: Getting Started

TTA5501 Teaching Adults: Getting Started

As we prepare for the challenges facing professors of the twenty first century, this course introduces participants to the roles and responsibilities of adult educators and the strategies and tools used to actively engage all learners. Participants explore personal values and beliefs in their roles as adult educators. They learn how to use the College's Learning Management System for course delivery. Participants also conduct scholarly research using a number of educational databases and explore a variety of tools using educational technology. Participants also begin compiling their teaching portfolios due upon the completion of the TALL program.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

TTA550224.0Learning Theory and Managing the Learning EnvironmentOn Campus
TTA550324.0Engaging Adult Learners with Effective Teaching Strategies

TTA5503 Engaging Adult Learners with Effective Teaching Strategies

The standards of practice for effectively teaching adult learners use a variety of teaching and learning strategies. Participants examine different teaching styles and techniques to determine appropriate teaching methods that dynamically engage both the face-to-face and online learners. Participants also complete a variety of assignments, in which they receive feedback from their colleagues for reflection and professional growth.

Pre-requisites: TTA5501

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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TTA550424.0Assessment and Evaluation TechniquesBlank Icon On Campus
TTA550516.0Professional Standards of PracticeBlank Icon On Campus
TTA550724.0Strategies for Effectively Integrating Educational Technology

TTA5507 Strategies for Effectively Integrating Educational Technology

Integrating technology into effective teaching practices enhances productivity and helps student learn. Participants examine a variety of educational tools that help engage learners and support online curriculum in new ways. Participants look at current research in digital and online learning, discover techniques to manage contemporary learning environments and experiment with a number of innovative tools.

Pre-requisites: TTA5501

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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TTA550624.0Teaching PracticumOn CampusBlank Icon
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EDU201320.0Applied Research and EducationOnline Learning Blank Icon Online Learning Blank Icon
TTA550824.0Course Development

TTA5508 Course Development

Developing effective curriculum helps engage learners and supports student success. Participants select, design or redesign a learning unit and develop appropriate learning goals of study. Participants construct the various elements of the course outline, understanding the importance of the Vocational Learning Outcomes (VLO's), the Course Learning Requirements (CLR's) and the embedded knowledge and skills. Through the development of this learning unit, complete with appropriate activities and assessments for the learning environment, participants measure the learning outcomes that support the goals of the course. They also construct a variety of activities for their learners both in the face-to face and online learning environments.

Pre-requisites: TTA5501

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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TTA550924.0Presentation Skills

TTA5509 Presentation Skills

The discipline of teaching adult learners requires educators to demonstrate knowledge and experience in the practice of public speaking. Participants learn how to manage the anxiety of public speaking while enhancing their performance as communicators through the use of nonverbal communication skills. Participants practise and refine their techniques of public speaking for articulating successful speeches and engaging audiences. Participants also learn strategies for effectively managing challenging situations in the classroom environment.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

TTA5501 Teaching Adults: Getting Started

As we prepare for the challenges facing professors of the twenty first century, this course introduces participants to the roles and responsibilities of adult educators and the strategies and tools used to actively engage all learners. Participants explore personal values and beliefs in their roles as adult educators. They learn how to use the College's Learning Management System for course delivery. Participants also conduct scholarly research using a number of educational databases and explore a variety of tools using educational technology. Participants also begin compiling their teaching portfolios due upon the completion of the TALL program.

TTA5502 Learning Theory and Managing the Learning Environment

It is important to create and establish an engaging learning environment for a variety of adult learners. The principles of adult education are explored using a series of theoretical models on teaching and learning practices. In-class and online tools help participants make connections to higher level concepts in adult education. Participants examine the strategies for creating and sustaining effective face-to-face, online or hybrid model classrooms. They also explore and reflect on the scholarship of teaching for their own professional learning and development.

Pre-requisites: TTA5501

TTA5503 Engaging Adult Learners with Effective Teaching Strategies

The standards of practice for effectively teaching adult learners use a variety of teaching and learning strategies. Participants examine different teaching styles and techniques to determine appropriate teaching methods that dynamically engage both the face-to-face and online learners. Participants also complete a variety of assignments, in which they receive feedback from their colleagues for reflection and professional growth.

Pre-requisites: TTA5501

TTA5504 Assessment and Evaluation Techniques

Assessment and evaluation techniques are integral components of the processes and outcomes of education. Participants explore the importance of reliability and validity and apply their findings to the creation of meaningful approaches to the design of performance and knowledge assessment measures. Participants examine and apply construction and objective assessment types in light of formative, summative and diagnostic perspectives through collaborative work and the use of educational technology tools.

Pre-requisites: TTA5501

TTA5505 Professional Standards of Practice

Consistent with the teaching competencies of the Professor of the 21st Century Framework, the standards of professional practice follow specific guidelines for adult educators. Participants understand and acknowledge Ontario Ministry Guidelines in postsecondary institutions and the significant role Algonquin College faculty play in their students' academic success. Participants become familiar with College's policies on academic performance and student conduct. They also engage in discussions around academic integrity, professional ethics, confidentiality and conflict within the classroom.

Pre-requisites: TTA5501

TTA5507 Strategies for Effectively Integrating Educational Technology

Integrating technology into effective teaching practices enhances productivity and helps student learn. Participants examine a variety of educational tools that help engage learners and support online curriculum in new ways. Participants look at current research in digital and online learning, discover techniques to manage contemporary learning environments and experiment with a number of innovative tools.

Pre-requisites: TTA5501

TTA5506 Teaching Practicum

Under the guidance of a mentor, and in collaboration with a peer group, adult educators model professional practice within the discipline of teaching. Participants demonstrate their abilities to effectively manage the learning environment and actively engage critical thinking. Participants organize appropriate teaching strategies, learning activities, assessment methods for their students and professional colleagues. They also have the opportunity to evaluate and reflect on their current teaching practices and set professional learning goals.

Pre-requisites: TTA5501 and TTA5502 and TTA5503 and TTA5504 and TTA5505 and TTA5507

EDU2013 Applied Research and Education

Applied research uses new or existing knowledge to solve real-world challenges; it has immediate practical application. Participants explore the concepts and types of educational applied research and learn essentials of proposal writing, funding and the ethics approval process. They examine completed applied research initiatives within educational programs and identify and write a short proposal for an applied research project.

TTA5508 Course Development

Developing effective curriculum helps engage learners and supports student success. Participants select, design or redesign a learning unit and develop appropriate learning goals of study. Participants construct the various elements of the course outline, understanding the importance of the Vocational Learning Outcomes (VLO's), the Course Learning Requirements (CLR's) and the embedded knowledge and skills. Through the development of this learning unit, complete with appropriate activities and assessments for the learning environment, participants measure the learning outcomes that support the goals of the course. They also construct a variety of activities for their learners both in the face-to face and online learning environments.

Pre-requisites: TTA5501

TTA5509 Presentation Skills

The discipline of teaching adult learners requires educators to demonstrate knowledge and experience in the practice of public speaking. Participants learn how to manage the anxiety of public speaking while enhancing their performance as communicators through the use of nonverbal communication skills. Participants practise and refine their techniques of public speaking for articulating successful speeches and engaging audiences. Participants also learn strategies for effectively managing challenging situations in the classroom environment.