Teaching Skills

Workshops (Team-based learning) 

Internal Seminars/Workshops

  • Simulation Instructor Courses

    This five-day highly interactive certificate course features a multi-disciplinary faculty who teach how to combine simulation with traditional methodologies, apply assessment tools, and choose among various simulation modalities for specific applications. The course provides a practical framework in learning theory, group dynamics, and psychology of the learner, focusing on debriefing skills.  Each participant assumes the role of student, instructor, and assessor in various simulation activities throughout the week.

    Class space is limited to 15 participants!   
  • Graduate Certificate in Adult Education in the Health and Medical Professions

    The Graduate Certificate in Adult Education in the Health and Medical Professions is aimed at those who teach in the Medical and Health Sciences who are preparing adult learners for professional practice in medicine, nursing, or in the allied health professions.  Many who teach in such settings have strong content knowledge in their area of professional practice, but have little background in education on how to effectively teach adult learners.  This 12-credit graduate certificate will assist medical and health professionals in increasing their knowledge and competence in educating adult learners in medical education/health science settings.

    Degree conferred:  certificate only

External Seminars/Workshops

  • Teaching of Adults (ADTED 505)
    This is an in-depth graduate course in Adult Education about instruction of the adult learner.  It is considered an essential course for individuals pursuing adult education as an area of study. The teaching/learning process is a complex interaction influenced by many variables. Understanding these variables helps provide a framework from which adult educators can better articulate their own philosophy of teaching and encourages a more informed teaching practice. The major areas of emphasis include: (a) the conceptual and philosophical assumptions underlying instruction and facilitation of adult learners, (b) criteria for selecting methods, organizing content and learning environments, and (c) the practice and implementation of a variety teaching approaches and strategies in facilitating adult learning in a variety of settings. Also, this course will support individuals as they seek to define their unique approach to instruction.

    Instructor:  Dr. Robin Redmon Wright (rrw12@psu.edu
    Assistant Professor of Adult Education

    Specific Dates and Times
    2015 Fall Semester
    Saturday, August 29 (1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
    Tuesdays, August 25; September 8, 22; October 6, 20; November 3, 17; December 8 (5:45 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.)

    Location:  Penn State Harrisburg
  • Introduction to Adult Education (ADTED 460)
    The primary question of this course is, "What is adult education"?  This course will provide an overview of the adult and continuing education field as an area of formal study.  More specifically, we will explore the philosophical, sociological and historical foundations of adult education, various facets of participation of individuals in adult education activities including medical education, nursing education, health/wellness, professional education and community-based forms of adult education.

    1.  Develop an awareness of the current and pertinent literature in the adult and continuing education field;
    2.   Become familiar with the scope and the breadth of the field, including the historical and sociological foundations of the field and the major settings in which adult education occurs;
    3.   Understand the major philosophies of adult education and begin to explore one's own philosophy;
    4.   Become aware of community-based forms of adult education;
    5.   Begin to understand the importance of linking theory and research to one's practice in one's existing situations and agencies;
    6.   Begin to critically reflect on one's teaching and learning beliefs and practices.


    Instructor: Dr. Libby Tisdell (ejt11@psu.edu)
    Professor of Adult Education

    Specific Dates and Times:   
    2015 Fall Semester
    Saturday, August 29 (9:00 a.m - 12:30 p.m.)
    Tuesdays, September 1, 15, 29; October 13, 27; November 10 and December 1  (5:45 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.)
    Saturday, December 12 (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

    Credits:  3
    Location:  Penn State Harrisburg