AD1025: Designing Learning and Development Activities

Credit Weighting: 10
No. of Students: Min 10, Max 30.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semesters 1 or 2 or 3. (depending on client needs).
Teaching Methods: 4 x 6hr(s) Workshops; 24hr(s) Other (work-based application via assigned coach); Directed Study (recommended reading)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Séamus O Tuama, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education, Staff, Irish Institute of Training and Development.
Module Objective: The focus of this module is on providing the learner with practical skills in developing learning and development activities and experiences with consideration of the needs and diversity of participants and the content to be delivered. The student will be guided in structuring and sequencing material with the use of learning aides to create an authentic learning experience. The student will gain an understanding of how people learn and the different modes to deliver and assess training and learning activities with a view to optimising the learning environment and subsequent learning transfer.
Module Content: · Designing Learning & Development - The Key Decisions
· Structured and Unstructured approaches to Learning and Development
· The process of learning; Learning styles and principles of adult learning
· Choosing Learning and Development methods - work-based, online, blended, alternative media etc.
· Training design factors - learning objectives, content, diversity in participants (culture, languages, physical and mental ability)
· Development of training materials and resources
· Structuring and sequencing materials to optimise learning
· Assessment strategies to capture learning/ transfer post training
· Delivery approaches and styles
· Creating authentic learning and participant engagement
· Location and creation of a learning environment
· Participation in Learning & Development - Motivation, Self-Confidence, Attitudes.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Distinguish between structured and unstructured approaches to learning and development
  • Assess learning styles of learners and adjust learning material to cater for different learning styles and diversity of participants
  • Design and deliver training material taking into account the learning environment and the participant inter -dynamic
  • Write appropriate learning objectives coupled with an appropriate assessment strategy
  • Conduct a Learning & Development Session.
Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (2,000 word learning and development design assignment, 100 marks; 1,000 word reflection on group delivery of a short training session (approx.20 minutes) to an audience of learners, 100 marks).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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