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Teaching Adults: For new (and newish) Teachers is a Course

Teaching Adults: For new (and newish) Teachers

Ended Mar 6, 2016

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Full course description

Course Date:

Jan 25 - Mar 6, 2016


6 weeks


2-4 hrs/week



Course Type:



Free certificate


Are you interested in teaching adults? This course allows New and "Still-Feel-New" higher education teachers and interested educators to get the basics they need in their first years of teaching. Develop a teaching mindset and prepare yourself for class with necessities such as syllabus writing, class planning, and developing outcomes and assessments. We will also explore ideas for classroom management and engagement with our ever-changing diverse adult learners. A certificate of completion is awarded participants who complete at least 85% of the coursework.

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Intended Audience: Anyone who teaches adults or is new to college teaching

Certificate or digital badge for completing the course: certificate

Format: instructor-led; 6-weeks

Asynchronous (independent) activities: discussions; social media

Synchronous (class) activities: no

Instructor feedback: yes

Peer feedback: no

Group work: no

Prerequisites: none

Recommended Materials: none


By the end of this course, you should feel competent to do the following:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of Adult learning theories
  • Develop and write a clear course syllabus in student-centered language
  • Create measurable student learning outcomes
  • Write and E.N.G.A.G.E. lesson plan
  • Articulate a variety of strategies for teaching efficiently
  • Create varied active learning activities and assessment tools
  • Use UDL methodologies in the Classroom
  • Recognize and utilize your personal style in the classroom
  • Articulate the importance of diversity awareness in the classroom
  • Create a cooperative classroom community
  • Utilize appropriate resources and tools for continued student engagement
  • Participate in a PLN (Personal Learning Network)

Course Instructors

Elizabeth Falconer

Elizabeth Falconer, Ph.D.

Director of Innovative Teaching and Learning

Elizabeth Falconer has been an educator for over 30 years, working in Japan and the US, and has taught in a wide variety of classroom environments, both online and traditional. Fascinated with the challenges and opportunities our internet-infused world is providing, she encourages educators to tap into their personal creativity to engage their students. Her teaching is informed by her work in storytelling and videography. She holds an MA in Japanese Pedagogy and a doctorate in International Education from the University of Iowa, and is currently Director of Innovative Teaching and Learning at Renton Technical College.