Interactive Syllabus





Adult Learning Theory and Coaching (Online) – EDST 6347
College of Education
Seton Hall University, NJ

This course is designed to assist instructional technology facilitators, technology integration specialists, library media specialists, mentor teachers, and all those who guide the integration of technology to support and improve professional growth in schools and businesses.  Through various learning experiences, students discover a knowledge base of philosophical and conceptual foundations, strategies, tools, and resources to understand, support, and motivate adult learners and to embed professional learning within their client’s working environment. They investigate models and frameworks for developing, integrating, and enhancing professional development and technology coaching practices within their school districts or business learning culture and techniques to support effective, reflective teaching with technology. These goals will be addressed through readings, digital presentations, online discussions, reflections, and online video observations. The nature of the relationship between a technology coach and a client is very complex. Establishing trust and supportive practices are the keys to meaningful coaching experiences.
3 credits
Spring 2015 – Present (Offered Fall)

Special Note:

This course is result of a Teaching, Learning and Technology exploratory project to “humanize the online experience”, inspired by the work of Michelle Pacansky-Brock.  The chief researchers in this project were myself and Danielle Mirliss.  The project spanned 6 months with the result being the redesign of EDST 6347, a student satisfaction survey and a NJEDGE presentation in the fall of 2016 From Vanilla to Cherry Garcia

Traditional online course development can result in a product that is text heavy, lacking the interactivity, engagement and connectiveness found online.  This continuing project, using EDST 6347 as a sample, looks at possible alternatives to online course design that leverage social media, video, web authoring and visual design best practices to produce a rich, lively and connected platform for learning.

Topics covered:

  • Week 1:  Introduction and Traditional Learning Theory
  • Week 2:  Androgogy and Self-Directed Learning
  • Week 3:  Transformative Learning
  • Week 4:  Experiential Learning
  • Week 5:  Motivation
  • Week 6:  Observing Others – Resistance To Technology
  • Week 7:  Roles of the Technology Coach, Change Managment
  • Week 8:  Onnline Presence/SAMR model
  • Week 9:  Assignments Due

Student Project Samples:

Student Comments:

My favorite part of the course was:

Learning about ways to engage and motivate adult learners by creating a presentation that would engage them in a new way”.

“Learning about ways to lead Professional Development, considering I have to lead a few workshops in the Fall and Spring”

“My favorite part of this course was the TEDED project. It took quite some time, but was very fun to complete. I enjoyed viewing my peers as well”.