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Courses for Students

Student and Adult Learning PartnerWant to make a difference?  Want to learn valuable soft skills so necessary for today’s professionals?  (Looking for community-engaged courses without transportation hassles?) Do all of this while meeting diverse and interesting people.

Engaged courses here on campus!

Take a studio in adult learning for fun, or towards your Minor in Inequality Studies, Education or Leadership. Improve your skills as a leader and facilitator! You can collaborate with community members right here at their workplace–our campus.

Fall 2019 Courses:

EDUC 2200/DSOC 2100: Introduction to Adult Learning, 4 credits

Democratic Learning and Leading

Introduction to Adult Learning meets on Wednesday, 1:25-4:25 pm, in 105 Kennedy Hall, with periodic online, live sessions. The fieldwork component consists of preparing for a weekly meeting with an adult learner, your Learning Partner.

Do adults learn differently than do youth?   This experiential and community-engaged course is for anyone interested in planning and facilitating adult, community and lifelong learning. As inquirers ourselves, we not only study principles, theories and methods, we also put into practice what we learn. One of the ways we do this is by incorporating adult learning approaches within the seminar design and educational practice (andragogy, rather than pedagogy). Another way we apply what we study is by mentoring adult learners. Each student serves as a learning partner to a Cornell employee who is pursuing an educational aim. A journey of mutual learning is a satisfying and meaningful adventure. As employees’ partners, we are co-learners and co-educators, recognizing that each person has knowledge and experience to bring to the quest.

Spring 2020 Courses:

EDUC 2210/DSOC 2210: Designing and Facilitating Learning for Development, 4 credits

Leading, Learning and Teaching with Purpose

Methods and Contexts of Adult & Community Learning will meet at a time/location TBD, with periodic online, live sessions. The fieldwork component consists of preparing for a weekly meeting with an adult learner, your Learning Partner.

In Methods and Contexts of Adult & Community Learning, we look for commonalities across a variety of venues and settings where people meet together to learn, deliberate, and act. From professional development to social change, town hall to union hall, or citizen science to workplace training, adult and community learning is everywhere. Yet, for many, the design and facilitation of meaningful learning experiences can be as mysterious as an unopened black box. How does one go about creating inclusive educational experiences for diverse learners in our increasingly interconnected context? In this course we open the box to become better leaders of learning and action.

Two of the most ubiquitous formats of adult learning are 1), the workshop, and 2), one-on-one mentoring. As a backwards design approach and interactive facilitation principles can serve each application well, we’ll learn and practice both! In this course you will a) design and facilitate workshops, and b) mentor a Cornell employee as she/he pursues a learning goal, and do both by learning and applying design process and facilitation arts. Meaningful. Practical. Fun.