Design for Learning

Design for Learning Course Description

January 24 - March 21, 2014
Professional Development Course for Extension Professionals
A Four-State Distance Education Class
Facilitated by Kansas

Register by December 13, 2013


Design for Learning is a hands-on process to help Extension faculty design creative and effective educational experiences.  While it is designed for adults the principles may be applied to other audiences as well.  Faculty will learn at their own pace over a three month period. They will also maintain a sense of connectedness, accountability and closure.  Design for Learning uses distance learning to maintain a sense of connectedness between participants and facilitators of each session.
Concepts inherent in good educational design for adult learners include:
  • Understanding Adult learners
  • Organizing and Designing Content  Using the Logic Model
  • Creating an Effective Learning Environment
  • Selecting Appropriate Teaching Tools
  • Teaching for Transfer
  • Assessing Learning Outcomes

North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas are cooperating to offer Design for Learning to extension professionals in the four states.

The January 24 - March 21, 2014 class will be facilitated by Kansas.  We are also holding March 29 in case we need to make up a class.

The program will have five learning sessions conducted via conference call and Adobe Connect.  Participants need to have a computer to participate.

The schedule is:

    * January 24 - Understanding Adult Learners
    * February 7 - Organizing and Designing Content Using the Logic Model and
                         Creating an Effective Learning Environment
    * February 21- Selecting Appropriate Teaching Tools
    * March 7 - Assessing Learning Outcomes       
    * March 21 - Teaching for Transfer
    * April 4 - Hold for make-up session in case of weather or for technical reasons

Course Requirements:

   1. Participate in all five sessions.
      All sessions are 1 1/2 hours and will take place from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. CST.  Dial 866-620-7326 and PIN 9937154336 to join each conference call.
   2. Test the computer you will use to participate in Design for Learning to ensure your computer meets guidelines for participating in high speed Adobe Connect:
      If any problems are detected, contact K-State Research and Extension Tech Support, 785 532-6270.
   3. Download Design for Learning: A Self-Paced Guide from the website
      (Audio cassettes which are referred to in the guide will not be used.)
   4. Obtain a copy of the text, Mastering the Teaching of Adults by Jerold Apps from your state's professional development representative.

      North Dakota - Deb Gebeke
      Nebraska - Rick Koelsch
      South Dakota - Lynn Gordon
      Kansas - Marie Blythe
   5. Be responsible for completing assignments before each meeting.
   6. Apply what you are learning as you progress through the course.  Select a current or upcoming issue or situation that you will use to apply the concepts.


Register by December 13, 2013