Welcome to EDST 6347

Course Description:

At some time in your career as a technology specialist, library media specialist, instructional designer, or educator you will probably need to work with adult learners in some training capacity. This could be for a professional development seminar, participation in a community of practice or presenting at a professional conference.

This course is designed to provide you with a knowledge base of philosophical and conceptual foundations, strategies, tools, and resources so you are successful in working with this age group. We will explore who adult learners are, what kind of support they need, how they learn best and how to motivate them to succeed. Establishing a trusting and supportive relationship is critical however, the key to success is providing a model of best practice, yourself.

For transcript of promo video, see below.

Learning Outcomes

By the completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Reflect on professional practice and dispositions in adult learning theory and coaching.
  2. Discuss factors that influence how adults learn.
  3. Explore the interrelationship between life experience and learning.
  4. Describe active learning strategies to support different adult learning experiences.
  5. Explore in depth an area of interest in adult learning, motivation, delivery, strategy or framework.
  6. Critically evaluate the delivery of a professional development workshop.
  7. Discuss characteristics, values and "habits of mind" of effective adult instructors and coaches. Compare to own to determine areas for improvement.

Class Philosophy

This course is an online course starting Saturday, October 7, 2017 ending Sunday, December 3, 2017. This is an 8 week, online course.

Because we will not be meeting face-2-face, you will be working through the content mostly on your own, HOWEVER, this course is like a train. It is important for you not to get off track or you will be left at the station on your own. It is up to you to make the most of your experience here.

This course is part of a research project on "humanizing the online educational experience".


Course Content

  • Introduction to Adult Learning
  • Traditional Learning Theory
  • Andragogy
  • Self Directed Learning
  • Transformative Learning
  • Experiential Learning
  • Motivation
  • Roles of the Technology Coach
  • Change Management
  • Supporting Technology, Reducing Resistance
  • Best Practices for Adult Learners
  • SAMR Model



Your required texts are:

Adult Learning: Linking Theory and Practice

    Author: Sharan B. Merriam and
    Laura L. Bierema
    ISBN: 978-1-118-13057-5
    Publisher: Jossey-Bass

    This is a required text
    available at the Seton Hall Bookstore or your favorite online retailer. 

Assignment Related


Semester Deliverables

  1. Construct an TEDED unit on a topic of interest in adult learning (includes creating an animated instructional video with your own voice)
  2. Critique a Professional Development Instructor
  3. SAMR Exercise - 4 Levels of Engagement
  4. Voice Thread Reflections - Weekly
  5. Tweets on Adult Learning


What Do You Need?

  1. Microphone - or this class you will need a good microphone for your laptop. Test out the internal microphone on your laptop first. If the quality is not good or marginal, you will probably have to purchase an external microphone to use. This is a good investment. I use mine all the time.
  2. Animated Video Account
    A free educator account of PowToon is available (limit of 5 minutes) however most students purchase a monthly account of VideoScribe and then canceled the account when the course is completed ($29 per month).

What is VoiceThread?

VoiceThread is a conversation tool we will use that creates conversations around images in voice, video, or text.

This course uses Voice Thread instead of the traditional discussion board. To be successful, you must have access to a computer with a microphone or webcam (see Necessary Materials area). You will also need to download the latest Flash player from Adobe.com.

Best to make sure your browsers are up-to-date.

Important: You will use an Seton Hall authenticated VoiceThread account that is integrated with Blackboard. Do not create your own VoiceThread account on the web.

Course Policies

Late Policy

We all run late occasionally. However, because we are not meeting every week, it is easy to get behind. Before you know it, the week is over and you are racing to catch up. When one is hard pressed, you don't do your best work.

Because this is an 8 week, 3 credit online course, the workload is more condensed than a 15 week semester course. Best to submit work on time. For work submitted late, points will be deducted depending on how late the assignment is.

There are exceptions to this policy for illness and family emergencies. If you have any questions about this late policy, please reach out to me.


Master Schedule

This course runs like a train ... there are stops along the way and you can get off however it is going in one direction. If you intend to finish, best to stay on the train!

A sample of a Master Schedule is linked below. The final copy can be found under the Syllabus tab in the Blackboard course.

Our week ends on a Sunday at 11:59 pm . The new week starts on a Monday. All assignments, unless noted, are due on the Sunday night.


ALL Students

It is my intent to present material and activities that are respectful of diversity. It is also my intent that students from all perspectives and diverse backgrounds be well-served by this course, that students’ learning needs be addressed both in and out of class, and that the diversity that students bring to this class be viewed as a resource, strength, and benefit.

Your suggestions about how to improve the value of diversity in this course are encouraged and much appreciated.

This course strives to follow universal design principles.


All the assignments add up to 100 points. There is no percentage weighting.

Major Project (Instructional Unit) - 40


Critique - 15

Class Evaluation -2

Tweets - 10

Self Reflection of Major Project - (Included in Major Project)

Voice Thread Reflection (3 x 9) = 27

There are rubrics for the majority of assignments, however, they are meant only to be a guide for your use. I do not return them graded.

There is no extra credit.

Fall 2017 - Master Schedule

Click the above link to view a sample of the  "train schedule" mentioned above! 


Instructional Unit for Adults

The major assignment for this course is to create a TedED lesson focusing on adult learning. Samples of past student instructional animated videos are below along with details about the project. More information is contained within the Blackboard course.


Your task is to research a topic in adult learning and create an educational unit. Your audience is adult educators.

Important is your ability to make the topic interesting and educational for the viewer (in some depth) , relating your topic to content within the course while still being wildly creative in 4-5 minutes.

This unit is to be posted on TEDED. You will create your own animated presentation using PowToon or VideoScribe, using your own voice, uploading it to youtube as part of the process.

You have a number of choices for topics. Best to pick something that resonates with you. You can create an instructional unit on a famous researcher such as Jean Lave or delve into a special technique or strategy such as simulations for adult learning.

Past example of student animated video by
Joe Yankus is above.

The Details

The Details ....

  • Think of a wildly creative way to present the information to get your points across.
  • Your video should be 4-5 minutes (not 18). You need to use your own voice for narration.

Also, part of the assignment is to view another student's presentation and comment via Voice Thread and to reflect on your production.

For your unit you must include ..

  1. One animated video that you create in PowToon or VideoScribe about the topic to be uploaded to youtube (4-5 minutes in length)
  2. Resources for the learner ( interesting web resources- websites (3-5 excellent ones) , youtube videos (1-2 excellent choices)
  3. Assessment Questions (minimum 2)
  4. Discussion Questions (minimum 2)
  5. Biography/Reference List (shoot for 2-4 resources ... link them if available online)
  6. Post to TedEd (share with url with class)

Past Example by Natasha Hamilton is above.


You will observe an actual professional development workshop for teachers to examine how one instructor teaches adults in terms of the assumptions that are made about adult learning.

SAMR Exercise

Using the SAMR model, you will select 3 learning activities, methods, technologies and online tools that illustrate the 4 levels of engagement with technology.

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

If you have a disability that would prohibit you from participating in the activities of this course, please let me know and an alternate assignment will be found for you.

Printable Versions and Transcripts

Just click the link above to download the syllabus in the traditional format where there is more detail.  All course information is contained within.  Also available are transcripts for videos where available.

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