Education (EDUC) 316

Program Planning and Methods in Adult Learning (Revision 3)

EDUC 315

Permanently closed, effective March 12, 2019

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online (with eTextbook)

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: None

Precluded Course: EDUC 316 is a cross-listed course – a course listed under two different disciplines – HRMT 316. (EDUC 316 may not be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for HRMT 316.)

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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This course will introduce students to the theory, concepts and practices of program planning, evaluation, and instructional methods in adult education/learning contexts. Program planning is an important practical skill for adult educators whether they are responsible for developing, delivering, administering or evaluating educational programs of any type or duration but needs to be understood within a societal and theoretical context.


The course is presented in six units.

  • Unit 1 – Introduction
  • Unit 2 – Examining Program Context
  • Unit 3 – Defining Program Objectives and Developing Instructional Plans to Meet Them
  • Unit 4 – Evaluating Programs
  • Unit 5 – Administering Programs
  • Unit 6 – Integrating Theory and Practice


To receive credit for EDUC 316, you must achieve a minimum composite course grade of D (50 percent) and receive 50% or more on the last assignment.

Activity Weighting
Assignment 1 15%
Assignment 2 30%
Assignment 3 15%
Assignment 4 40%
Total 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Registration in this course includes an electronic textbook. For more information on electronic textbooks, please refer to our eText Initiative site.

Caffarella, R. S. & Daffron, S. R. (2013). Planning programs for adult learners: A practical guide for educators, trainers, and staff developers (3rd ed). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

A print version of the eText may be available for purchase from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided on the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.

Other Resources

Students can access free resources to supplement the textbook. There is more information on the title page of the textbook and on page xiii-xvi.

All other learning resources will be available online.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 3, April 8, 2014.

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