BEC920 - Methods of Instruction

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Last revision date 2017-11-28 15:49:23.625
Last review date 2017-11-28 15:49:23.626

Subject Title
Methods of Instruction

Subject Description
There are many effective ways for adult learners to experience course content and gain new found subject knowledge. In today?s complex learning environment, the most successful instructors demonstrate instructional strategies that both respect and challenge adult learners. Through lectures, discussion (synchronous and asynchronous) and various assignments, participants will explore a wide variety of instructional techniques including: lecture, group discussion, demonstration, icebreakers, case study, brainstorming, debate, fishbowl, collage, role-play, panel discussions and skits. Factors affecting the selection of techniques will also be addressed. Participants will demonstrate their mastery of instructional techniques through the design and on-line delivery of a lesson. Instructional strategies or approaches to learning which include a variety of techniques will also be covered by reviewing some of the most common strategies including co-operative learning, problem-based learning and action learning. In addition to instructional techniques and strategies, classroom management issues and the use of media and resources will also be covered.

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. Translate content into a learning process.

2. Demonstrate skill in observation and intervention techniques.

3. Demonstrate knowledge of actual teaching/training problems and how to address them.

4. Select when to use a specific method of instruction, based on the advantages and disadvantages of the techniques.

5. Demonstrate facilitative skills and receive feedback.

6. Critically analyse strategies of facilitation, both verbally and in written form.

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 Needs Assessment:
    • Needs Assessment
    • Adult Education : The Frames and Context
  • Relationship and Classroom Management:
    • Relationships: A major key to successful teaching
    • Classroom management (course beginnings and endings, dealing with difficult participants, room layout, etc.)
  • Instructional Techniques:
    • Presentation Skills
    • Instructional Techniques - part 1
    • Harvesting the learning
  • Instructional Strategies and Instructional Media:
    • Strategies versus techniques/methods
    • Various Schema
    • Facilitation
    • Instructional media
    • Sharing project outlines
  • Teaching Time:
    • Teaching a lesson on-line 
  • Wrap-up:
    • Review, Summary and Next Steps

Mode of Instruction

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

Prescribed Texts
The Art of Teaching Adults: How to Become an Exceptional Instructor,
By Peter Renner, Training Associates, 10th Expanded Edition, ISBN# 0969731922 or 9780969731924

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
Grading is based on the following marking scheme:  

  • Instructional Challenges Paper: 20%
  • Peer Facilitation: 10%
  • Individual Online Lesson Presentation: 30%
  • Reflective Paper: 10%
  • Participation: 30%

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