BEC910 - Introduction to Adult Education

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Subject Title
Introduction to Adult Education

Subject Description
This course will provide participants the opportunity to acquire the skills and knowledge to develop a systematic approach to curriculum development based on a training/education model. Topics include needs assessment, learning outcomes, course outlines, lesson plans and an introduction to choosing instructional techniques and assessment and evaluation techniques. Each participants will be responsible for developing a course outline and a lesson plan for content with which she/he has taught, is teaching, or would like to teach. Attention will be given to the integration of planning, learning styles, and to a lesser degree, instructional techniques and course assessment/evaluation methodologies.

Credit Status
This is a required credit in the Adult Education/Staff Training Certificate Program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate the application of adult learning principles and theories through group presentations and self-analysis.

2. Discuss the challenges of managing diversity in a classroom with respect to the current legislation including equity, human rights and freedom of information as they apply to the classroom environment and practices.

3. Explore a variety of learning styles in order to identify your own.

4. Discuss the implications for curriculum of the difference between adult learners and children as learners.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline
Online delivery mode:

  • Introduction and Team Building
  • Expectations of Course participants
  • Defining the Adult Learner
  • Elements of Excellent Teaching
  • Excellent Teaching - An Application
  • Introduction to Learning Styles
  • Application of Learning Styles
  • Characteristics of Adult Learners
  • Needs of Adult Learners
  • Skills and Attitudes of Adult Learners
  • Learning Disabilities - A Quick Overview 

Mode of Instruction
The online delivery mode involves the use of digital materials and/or text, group discussions, interaction with your instructor, and online activities.

Prescribed Texts
Learning Styles Inventory
By David Kolb, Publisher: Hay & Mcbar Group, ISBN#88880026778

Reference Material

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation


Participation 10%
Individual Learning Contract 15%
Written Assignment 20%
Group Project & Presentation 25%
Reflective & Analytical Paper 10%
Quiz (onlinw) 20%

Seneca College's grading policy applies to online subjects.

Expected English Competencies: 

The ability to communicate in writing is essential for success in all business subjects. All written work must display the following characteristics of clarity and conciseness: 
  • writing is consistent with the rules of English grammar 
  • spelling and punctuation are correct 
  • appropriate vocabulary is used 
  • sentences are structured correctly 
  • main points are supported with specific, relevant examples and reasons
  • work flows logically through supporting statements/paragraphs 
  • work is arranged in correct format (i.e., reports, essays) 
  • layout is attractively displayed.
Up to 10% of the final grade may be deducted on all written work if the above mentioned expected English competencies are not met.    

Permission to write missed tests or submissions of late assignments will be granted only under extenuating circumstances and with the provision of appropriate documentation such as a medical certificate. 

Students must attain a grade of at least 50% to pass the course. 

Begin your assignments early in anticipation of unforeseen problems that may arise in your work or personal life.  Should extenuating circumstances arise, please contact your instructor immediately, prior to when your assignment is due, so an appropriate course of action be established.  Late assignments may be subject to a penalty of up to 10% per week and will not generally be accepted beyond two sessions after the assignment due date.


Approved by: Sandra Noble