Daily start & end times for the Virtual Learning Summit:

  • 8:00 to 11:30 AM Pacific & Arizona
  • 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM Mountain
  • 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM Central
  • 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM Eastern

The Cycle of Working Adult Learners: Removing Barriers and Building New Pathways*

Presented by the League for Innovation in the Community College in partnership with the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL)

The Learning Summit will focus on

  • How the future of work is shifting education
  • Defining the adult learner cycles and support
  • Meeting working adult students where they are
  • Reinventing approaches or initiatives for effectively serving working adult learners, especially considering COVID-19

    The structure of the virtual meeting will include virtual activities during each session to support interactive sessions. Opportunities include participant activities, breakout groups, report outs, and reflection.

    Times on this schedule are Mountain Daylight Time (UTC-06:00)

    HOMEWORK: Opportunity to learn about the basics before we meet. Project: Identify a specific project/initiative that will be your focus for the Summit. Develop questions related to your project: What do you want to learn more about?

    Monday, October 5

    Learning Objectives. After active participation in today's activities, participants will be able to:

    • Recognize the various adult learner principles being utilized in your college
    • Describe various adult learner centered initiatives
    • Describe best practices in effectively engaging and serving adult learners
    • Identify the opportunities and challenges for adult learners
    • Identify the adult learning cycle and pathways

    9:00 - 9:15 AM MDT              Welcome and Introductions

    9:15 - 9:55 AM MDT              Laying the Groundwork

    • The adult learning life cycle
    • Opportunities/challenges for colleges in developing adult learner centered initiatives
    • Adult learner initiatives

    10:00 - 10:45 AM MDT         Team Time  Focus Your Work: Discussion Activity

    (10:45 - 10:50 AM MDT Switch/Break)

    10:50 - 11:00 AM MDT          Wisdom/Wondering 

    11:00 - 11:35 AM MDT          Welcoming and Supporting Adult Learners

    • Common challenges
    • The role of transparency and communication
    • Strategies emerging through national practice 

    11:35 AM - 12:15 PM MDT   Team Time  Your Institution: Discussion Activity

    12:15 - 12:30 PM MDT         Wisdom/Wondering/Adjourn         

    Tuesday, October 6

    Learning Objectives. After active participation in today's activities, participants will be able to:

    • Describe and discuss flexible learning ecosystems that include recognition of prior learning, competency-based education, and program design best practices
    • Identify the stakeholders, resources, and training, necessary to develop an adult learner initiative
    • Begin to apply this knowledge to the project they have identified for their team and to envision a plan for launching an adult learner initiative

    9:00 - 9:15 AM MDT            Welcome and Day One Recap

    9:15 - 10:00 AM MDT          Developing and Embedding Flexible Learning Ecosystems

    • Alternative credit pathway strategies
    • Workforce and industry partnerships
    • Program scope

    10:00 - 10:45 AM MDT         Team Time  Creating Change: Discussion Activity

    (10:45 - 10:50 AM MDT Switch/Break)

    10:50 - 11:00 AM MDT         Wisdom/Wondering 

    11:00 - 11:35 AM MDT          Building Your Ecosystem

    • Identifying assets and opportunities
    • Removing barriers
    • Identifying resources
    • Scaling
    • Evaluation

    (11:35 - 11:40 AM MDT Switch/Break)

    11:40 AM - 12:20 PM MDT   Team Time  Your Work, Your Next Steps

    12:20 - 12:30 PM MDT          Wrap Up/Adjourn

    *This schedule is subject to change.