EDU776: Program Planning

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Course Overview

Program Planning covers the principles and practices of conducting program planning for adult education programs. It provides the knowledge, skills and abilities to accurately and completely conduct program planning for adult education programs. The course blends two instructional strategies. First, the student explores the basic principles and related practices for the elements of program planning. Second, the student applies the learned principles and practices in a sponsored, synthesizing project developing a program plan to meet a need for training in an actual organization.

There are all kinds of programs, but this course will discuss the design and planning of programs for university non-profit, university for-profit and community adult education programs; and will include the design of programs that may be developed for corporations, non-profit agencies, military organizations, government, health care, and individual consulting businesses.

Designing programs consists of organized learning activities that produce specific outcomes over a given period of time. This course will examine key principles of program design and delivery so that students can develop programs that achieve optimal results within their organizations. At the end of this course, students will demonstrate mastery of the knowledge and abilities needed to design and implement effective training and education programs that demonstrate their mastery of this subject.

The course project, an educational training program, is the capstone assignment for the EDU776 course. The course project is designed to demonstrate understanding of the principles of program design and planning with an authentic product that exhibits mastery of the course objectives.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Analyze and illustrate the process of conducting program planning for adult education programs.
  • Synthesize a typology of organizations describing the relevant types of program purposes, goals, and objectives in terms of outcomes expected by examining the likely political and practical dimensions.
  • Integrate program content specifications for various targetlearning populations for adult education programs.
  • Considering a learning program environment, evaluate how the Interactive Model Program Planning can be applied to a specific organization.
  • Construct a framework of instructional philosophies and strategies for teaching the content in adult education programs.
  • Examine and explain learning resource requirements for adult education programs.
  • Evaluate adult education program plans for goals and objectives, trainee characteristics, environmental characteristics, curriculum content, instructional philosophy and strategies, and resource requirements.
  • Analyze and develop instructional delivery methodologies for adult education programs.