IAE201 - Current Issues in Adult Education

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Subject Title
Current Issues in Adult Education

Subject Description
This course addresses a number of  contemporary educational issues reflecting current thinking and learner concerns in adult education. Each topic is explored and discussed by participants. Participants also have an opportunity to suggest topic that present issues and trends of interest to them. There is no final examination but there is a final project.

Credit Status
This is a required credit in the Issues in Adult Education Recognition of Achievement Program.

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

1. Identify several current issues in adult education.

2. Discuss the implications for both teachers and students.

3. Develop an understanding of various adult education trends and issues.

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 http://library.senecacollege.ca 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 student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

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.

BEC910 - Introduction to Adult Education

Topic Outline
During this subject we are likely to focus on 4 or 5 'topics'.  The subjects are changed from time to time to suit current issues and within broad relevancy criteria related to the interests of the learners.  Early in the course, there is opportunity for discussion and input regarding the specific topics to be included in each delivery of the course.

The following topic areas suggest the range of content which may be covered during the course:

  • Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR): Acknowledging Experience and other learning:
  • E-learning: the future of the classroom?
  • Assisting Learners with Special Needs
  • Responding to the Needs of Industry and Community: what do people really need and/or want?
  • The Learning Agenda: Should it be Market Driven or Learner Centred?
  • Learner Satisfaction, Positive Classroom Management, and Conflict Resolution.
  • Ethics: Should We Have a Code, Association, Certification....?
  • Diversity in the Learning Place
  • Planning For Your Professional Future
  • The Future of the Education System: Crystal Ball Gazing
  • Learning Barriers and Motivation

Mode of Instruction
This program uses a “self-directed learner” or “independent” learner approach. The teaching and learning approach is based on the premise that learners, when given the option and encouragement, will want and come to prefer learning involvement where considerable freedom and personal direction is possible. There is an opportunity to submit questions and comments both privately to the facilitator and to a public discussion area.

This subject is delivered online.  This may involve the use of digital materials and/or a text, group discussions, interaction with your instructor, and online activities.

Prescribed Texts

Reference Material

Required Supplies
Word Processor

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 (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Assignments (5 lessons@ 10% each) 50%
Final project 25%
Participation 25%

(Participation involves sharing in discussions about each of the topics covered which includes asking questions and responding to other participant’s input. Another aspect of participation is the sharing of material resources, specifically website discovered during research that offer information about the topics students are involved in.)

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

Assignments are due at the beginning of the class on the dates specified.  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.

The College's Academic Policy will prevail regarding Academic Honesty.

Assignments will be marked on the basis of an appropriate standard of research, content, organizaton of material and presentation.  Assignments are to be grammatically correct and typewritten or prepared by computer.

Students are expected to demonstrate a professional level of communication skills both verbally and in their written work.

All academic policies of the College at which you registered apply.  This includes, but is not limited to, policies related to grading supplemental exams, and accomodations.


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