Design for Learning

Design for Learning

January 16 - March 13, 2015

10:00 am - 11:30 am


Course Description

Course Registration

Course Evaluation

Course Resources

Design for Learning - A Self Paced Guide
Mastering the Teaching of Adults (1991) by Jerold Apps
Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home
     and School
, by John Medina (optional)

Participant email listserv 
Conference Call  -  (866) 620-7326; Code: 8932257768

Connect Meeting Room  -

January 16 - Session 1 Follow-up

January 20 - Session 2 Follow-up

February 3 - Session 3 Assignments

February 27 Session 4 Follow-up

March 13 Session 5 Follow-up





Participant Introductions


Assignment 1 - Compiled

Identify a topic you plan to teach/facilitate in the near future and answer some questions about it. The questions are in a Word Document.  You will use this assignment throughout the course to apply concepts that are reinforced during each session.  Send to by January 9, 2015.



Course Facilitator:  Marie Blythe

Session 1  -  January 16, 2015, Understanding Adult Learners
                    Stacey Warner and Valeria Edwards, Facilitators

      Descriptions of Topics to Teach or Facilitate

       -    Read Unit 1, Design for Learning - a self paced guide    
       -    Read Chapter 7 Mastering the Teaching of Adults (1991)
       -    Be prepared to share an example of a recent learning experience in which you participated
             that was not work related.

  • What was the name/topic of the class?
  • What was your reason for participating?
  • What were some of the teaching strategies used?
  • What elements enhanced your learning in the class?
  • What inhibited your learning in the class?         

       - Understanding Adult Learners Handout

Session 2  -  January 30, 2015
     Topic A:   Organizing and Designing Content Using the Logic Model
Paula Peters, Facilitator


- Read Unit 2 from Design for Learning - A Self Paced Guide

- Read pages 109-111 from Mastering the Teaching of Adults

- Review and understand the components of the Logic Model.  A good way to do that is to visit the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension Logic model course that is on line at:

-Draft two or three objectives for the lesson that you plan to deliver soon.

         - Organizing and Designing Content Using the Logic Model - ppt Handout
         - Task-oriented Question Construction Wheel Based on Bloom's Taxonomy


    Topic B:  Creating an Effective Learning Environment
                 Marie Blythe, Facilitator


Read Unit Four from Design for Learning A Self-Paced Guide 
Read Chapter 10 from Mastering the Teaching of Adults - Apps


Creating an Effective Learning Environment  - ppt handout 


Session 3  - February 13, 2015
                      Selecting Appropriate Teaching Tools
                       Marie Blythe, Facilitator

       EVERYONE read:
        - Mastering the Teaching of Adults – Apps
          Selecting the Right Tool – Chapter 11

        - Design for Learning - A self-paced guide
Selecting Appropriate Teaching Tools - Unit 3

       Individual Assignments:
        - Mastering the Teaching of Adults – Apps      
              Teaching Tools for Providing Information – Chapter 8
              Teaching Tools for Skill Training – Chapter 8 cont.
              Teaching Tools for Developing In-Depth Understanding – Chapter 9
              Teaching Critical Thinking – Chapter 12            

- Selecting Appropriate Teaching Tools - ppt Handout
       -  Facilitator Notes Session

Session 4 - February 27, 2015,  Teaching for Transfer
                       Shannon Washburn, Facilitator

We'll be thinking together about how to help our clients actually USE
the information we present to them.  You don't HAVE to read the book
although I think you'll want to.  Go to the following webpage:  Click on Audio Book.  Listen to: 
-  The Introduction
-  The Rules #4, #5 and #6
-  View the slideshow called Takeaways & Quotes for Presenters
Also. . . .
-  Read the introductory chapter from a textbook titled The Transfer of Learning (Leberman, McDonald and Doyle)

  -  The Transfer of Learning (Leberman, McDonald and Doyle)
  -  Learning for Transfer - PDF of PowerPoint


Session 5  -  March 13, 2015, Assessing Learning Outcomes
Deb Gebeke, Facilitator

         - Go to
         - View each of the video clips posted under Self Study: Evaluating Extension Programs
         - Please bring to the session the objectives you prepared for Session 2

             Assessing Learning Outcomes PowerPoint Handout
             American Evaluation Association
             Evaluation Cards
             Evaluation of Learning
             NDSU Worksheet and Guide for program planning, Evaluation Tool Kit
             NDSU Evaluation - Instruments

Looking for quick lessons/reminders about adult learning and developing quality programs?
Slideshare:  Tutorials for planning trainings and designing quality programs
How to Design Great Training: Begin with the End in Mind
Teaching Adults ANYTHING in 4 easy steps
How to Teach It so they Learn It!
Preventing Death by Power Point!
Six Trumps: Six Learning Principles that Trump Traditional Teaching
For more information relative to  the “Kirkpatrick Model”:
Google “Kirkpatrick Partners” and sign up for a profile so you can see free resources (you can sign up for newsletters, etc also) and trainings.  There are a few good books and papers listed as well.
If you go to this link you will find many good articles for review and you will also see a direct ad in the column to the right for the training options mentioned above.