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Adults as Learners: An Orientation

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Are you a new adult literacy educator? Need help figuring out how to effectively teach the adult literacy learner? Through this online course, you will learn the keys to success in working with adults through:

  • instructional strategies,
  • classroom management techniques, and
  • assessment approaches to measure learning gains.

Through the online course format, you can learn at your own pace from the comfort and convenience of your own home or office. Facilitators, available to help you throughout the eight-week course, lead you through the content and technical aspects of the course.

Each week's lesson addresses a topic in adult education pertaining to adult literacy. Course activities include readings, assignments, and discussions. The lessons are sequential.

Lessons and resources included in the course:
  • Adult Literacy and Education Issues
  • How We Learn
  • Classroom Management
  • Instructional Strategies
  • Special Topics in Adult Literacy
  • Assessment
  • Lesson Planning
  • Next Steps

Completion of the course is designed to require a minimum of 32 hours of your time; approximately four hours a week. However, you may find that you want to spend longer with some topics. Also, please note that you will be required to complete an observation in an adult education classroom as part of your course requirements.

In order to receive the certificate for participating in the Adults as Learners: An Orientation training, you must complete all assignments, respond to each discussion question, and respond at least once to one of your classmates in any of the week’s discussion/assignment forums.

Remember that, although you will gain from doing the activities, you will learn most from discussions with your online colleagues and facilitator. To keep our discussions as productive as possible, you must stay within the timeframe outlined for this course.

To register for this course, go to Knowledge Center. Please be sure you are logged off of your Knowledge Center account before you click on this link. The link will take you to a log in portal. After you log in, you will see the course registration information for this course only. There is a prerequisite, which you must click on and complete prior to registration. This takes the place of and combines our former How to Be a Good Online Learner short course and the Online Learner Contract requirement, with a few simple clicks. We look forward to your participation in Adults as Learners: An Orientation Online.

This course is available to out-of-state participants for a fee of $175. To begin the registration process for out-of-state participants, please send an email to

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The VALRC, located at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU School of Education), is funded primarily through the VA Department of Education.