Schedule

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

    Monday, October 5

    7:00 - 8:45 AM               Check-In/Registration

    8:00 - 8:45 AM               Breakfast

    8:45 - 9:00 AM               Welcome and Introductions                                      

    9:00 - 9:30 AM               National Perspectives on Working Adult Learners

    9:45 AM - 12:30 PM      Defining Adult Learning Cycles for Today’s Working Adult Learners

    To prepare working adult learners for the future of work it is necessary to better define adult learning cycles. The guiding questions for this session include: 

    • What are the emerging education needs of today’s adult learners?
    • How are these learners identified, recruited, and supported through postsecondary education?
    • What are the postsecondary pathways (including on-ramps and off-ramps) that support the working adult learning cycle?
    • What are new learning pathways designed for adult learner success in a changing environment?
    • What are the opportunities and barriers associated with successful completion of learning goals for these adults?
    • How are educators preparing working adult learners for jobs that fill skills gap (upskilling and reskilling) through college completion initiatives?

    This interactive session will provide opportunities for participant activities, report outs, and reflection.

    12:30 - 1:30 PM             Lunch (included)

    1:30 - 3:45 PM               The Value for Working Adult Learners, and Employers

    As educators seek to improve value for adult learners and employers, it is imperative to align educational programs with the needs of working adult learners. The guiding questions for this session include:

    • How do postsecondary institutions provide and market their value to adult learners and employers in today’s changing ecosystem of learning and work?
    • Is postsecondary education advancing the adult learner agenda through internal policies that also align to innovative practices and ways to serve adults?
    • Do you feel confident promoting the adult working student experience at your institution?
    • Is your institution clearly aligning to workforce development needs?
    • Is your institution supporting, encouraging, and sustaining employer participation?

    This interactive session will provide opportunities for participant activities, report outs, and reflection.

    3:45 - 4:00 PM                Reflection and Adjourn

    Tuesday, October 6

    8:00 - 8:45 AM               Breakfast

    9:00 - 9:15 AM               Welcome to Day 2

    9:15 AM - 12:00 PM      Engaging Working Adults in a Lifelong Learning Cycle

    Working adult learners have expectations, motivations, lifestyles, and experiences that differ from those of traditional students and bring new challenges and opportunities to education providers. The guiding questions for this session include:

    • What are the best methods for engaging different types of learners from all backgrounds? 
    • What instructional frameworks and methods are working to help adults succeed in the classroom?
    • What affective and academic adult learning support initiatives are influencing learners' success?

    This interactive session will provide opportunities for participant activities, report outs, and closing reflection.

    12:00 - 1:00 PM             Lunch (included)

    1:00 - 3:45 PM              Developing Programs of Study That Recognize Prior Learning and Allow for
                                           Flexible Learning Ecosystems

    Flexible learning ecosystems can facilitate more seamless transitions for working adult learners. The recognition of prior learning, including looking at the skills sets and capabilities of adult learners, can support developing programs of study aligned to the needs of working adult learners. The guiding questions for this session include:

    • How do recognition of prior learning, CBE, and accelerated/flex delivery influence student programs of study?
    • How are alternative credentials positively disrupting the traditional pathway at your institution?
    • What are the challenges and opportunities associated with innovative program and course offerings that support alternative credential pathways?

    This interactive session will provide opportunities for participant activities, report outs, and closing reflection.

    3:45 - 4:00 PM                Reflection and Adjourn

    *This schedule is subject to change.