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ED 649 - Training for Nonformal Education
Fall 2006 Schedule #77646
Draft syllabus Final version available in class

Wednesdays, 9AM-12PM  in  273 Hills South
Cristine Smith - Office in 264 Hills South


The purpose of this course is to help you develop the skills you need to design training programs for adult learners in non-formal education, human services, and community development. The goal is to prepare you to:

The course will be relevant to those interested in designing training for both international and U.S.-based training contexts.


By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  1. articulate your philosophy of training
  2. list strategies for needs assessment, evaluation, overall design and documentation of training
  3. outline key concepts and tips for training facilitation
  4. explain how, why and when to use dozens of training activities
  5. create and document training activities of your own


This is meant to be a very practical course, so there will be relatively less reading than you might find in a more theoretical class. Instead, the course packet will include multiple samples of training activities, together with a few theoretical articles about training design. However, less reading will be offset by more class participation on your part. The class is designed so that EVERYONE will be expected to plan and facilitate at least one training activity within the class, in a content area of your choice. This will give everyone a chance both to observe plenty of training activities and to facilitate at least one on your own. You will also have one or more chances to formally observe your peers and provide feedback to them about the design and facilitation of their activity.

The class sessions will be structured so that “the medium is the message”: as much as possible, training activities will be used to teach the content of training theory and design.

The assignments are cumulative; the final assignment is a step-by-step training manual for a15-hour training on content and for a target audience of your own choosing (training for health workers, training on sustainable agriculture for farmers, environmental training for villagers, etc.), along with a training-of-trainers agenda for that training. I will provide several formats for the manual from which you may choose. However, I will require you to turn in components of the training manual throughout the semester, so that you can construct it “as you go along” and get feedback from me that you can incorporate into your final manual.


The specific requirements for successful completion of the course are:


This seminar is graded on a pass-fail basis. If you wish a letter grade (and are eligible for one), you must inform the instructor in writing by Wednesday, September 20; no changes in grading status will be made after this date. Assessment is based on


Readings will be available in class from the instructor.

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