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A Practical Approach to Training Adults

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December 6, 2022 8:30 AM – December 7, 2023 4:30 PM EST

This engaging and powerful two-day workshop covers current and traditional adult learning theories, practical instructional design, and delivery strategies and techniques. Adult educators and trainers will acquire knowledge and tools to immediately enhance the adult learning experience and expand their own abilities to deliver quality learning events and produce a sound return on investment.

Throughout the two days, participants will engage in dynamic individual, small, and large group activities, as well as complete a capstone project and presentation. They will also take away concrete strategies to apply to their own organization’s continuing education and training (CE/T) programs.

The workshop content aligns with the ANSI/IACET 1-2018 Standard for Continuing Education and Training and prepares instructors and CE/T professionals - particularly those new to training and development and adult learning - to support their organization’s accreditation efforts.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this seminar, learners will be able to:

  • Define "andragogy” and adult learner motivation.
  • Describe how the physiology of the brain relates to learning in adulthood.
  • Identify most common adult learning theories and learning styles.
  • Identify cultural dimensions and considerations for adult learning/training.
  • Compare common instructional design models and approaches.
  • Formulate strategies for conducting needs analysis.
  • Develop SMART learning outcomes.
  • Define the major delivery modalities (online, blended, instructor-led onsite) and instructional methods.
  • Identify best practices for using media in the classroom.
  • Apply strategies to address challenging instructor-led and online learner/learning situations.
  • Distinguish between placement, formative, and summative assessments.
  • Discuss methods and tools for collecting assessment data.
  • Discuss the four levels of Kirkpatrick's Program Evaluation Model.
  • Discuss methods and tools for collecting evaluation data.
  • Discuss ethics in training and development.
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Norina Columbaro

Dr. Norina L. Columbaro, Instructional Design Collaborator (IDC)  has over 20 years of experience as an award-winning talent and organizational development leadership partner and researcher.   Besides heading up Performance for Life Consulting, she supports IACET as a commissioner, instructor, Standards Council Chair, blog contributer, and annual conference presenter. She has also successfully completed the process to become an IACET Accredited Provider (AP)  - so she knows what it's like to be an applicant!

Her background includes:

  • Developing and delivering scientific and technical communication courses for scientists and engineers worldwide.
  • Managing instructional design projects covering a wide range of technical and nontechnical subject areas.
  • Holding leadership positions in higher education and professional associations.

She is a Registered Corporate Coach (RCC) and a Certified Professional Technical Communicator (CPTC).  She also holds a Ph.D. from Cleveland State University in Urban Education, specializing in Leadership and Life-Long Learning. 

Norina's research and work have been published in Adult Learning, The International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, The Online Journal of Distance LearningHuman Resource Development Quarterly, and on Military.com.   


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Success in a learning event is dependent on active participation and engagement by the attendee throughout the course. In order to earn a course completion certificate and digital badge for any IACET learning event, attendees are required to fully participate in the training activities, lectures, and discussion. This applies to those attending in-person and remotely. Participation is defined as greater than 90% attendance of the scheduled course time and active engagement verified by the facilitator. Remote participation requires a working webcam and microphone; the webcam must be activated throughout the learning event.

Full refunds are available for cancellations with written notification to info@iacet.org within 20 days of the event. Refunds of 50% of the registration are available within 10 days of the event. No refund is available 5 days prior to the event due to prepaid expenses on behalf of the participant.

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Late Registration pricing is available until December 5, 2022 04:59 PM


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