Past CAEA Events

2017 Events

News From the Field

January 26, 2017. Thirtyseven (37) learning colleagues across sectors joined us onsite and online for our annual event to hear about the latest trends, opportunities and sticky issues that emerged at recent adult learning and development conferences, including CAEL and the C-BEN (Competence-Based Education Network) gatherings and more. After a panel discussion with conference participants, we opened the discussion to all to explore the implications these insights have for our work with learners in our various practice settings. You can view the recording of the live stream of this conversation here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4774723082209162755.

Panelists included:

  • Shirley Bono, Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Student Services, DePaul, School for New Learning, 
  • Kenya Grooms, Ph.D., Instructor and Interim DCM Director, DePaul, School for New Learning
  • Catherine Marienau: Professor, CAEA Leader, DePaul, School for New Learning, 
  • Akilah Martin, Associate Professor. Senior Director of Mentoring and Student Services, DePaul, School for New Learning, 

2016 Events

What Learners Need to Succeed

January 14, 2016. Panel discussion hosted by ATDChicago. CAEA leaders and SNL faculty members, Catherine Marienau, Ph.D., Pamela Meyer, Ph.D. and Kathryn Wozniak, Ph.D. shared current adult learning research highlights with more than 80 area learning and development professionals. 

News From the Field

February 17, 2016. At this session DePaul, School for New Learning faculty shared the latest adult learning trends and hot topics from the recent CAEL (Council for Adult and Experiential Learning and AAACE (American Association for Adult and Continuing Education) conferences, as well as several others with fifteen on-site participants and a large and engaged online audience. Participants learned about the latest developments in competence-based learning, micro-credentials, scalability, equity and access, among other hot topics.

Presenters were:

      •  Janise Hurtig, Ph.D.

      •  Catherine Marienau, Ph.D.

      • Michelle Navarre-Cleary, Ph.D.

      • Cynthia Stevens, Ed.D.

After brief highlights from each presenter, the discussion opened to all participants to explore implications these trends have for our work with adult learners in various settings. To view the video of this conversation, click here.

Getting Credit Where Credit is Due (Webinar)

February 18, 2016

This webinar attracted more than 75 participants interested in learning about ways they can apply their volunteer experiences, certifications and life and work experiences toward a degree at DePaul University's, School for New Learning. Included participation from Serve IL, Public Allies Chicago, Americorps and more. Listen to the webinar recording here.

Using Digital Badging and Micro-Credentialing to Motivate and Recognize Learning and Development (Webinar)

March 16, 2016. More than 100 learning professionals participated in this webinar to learn the latest developments in digital badging and micro-credentialing and was led by CAEA leadership team members, Kathryn Wozniak, Ph.D. and Pamela Meyer, Ph.D. Listen to the webinar recording here.

Introduction to Learning Agility and the Brain (Webinar)

April 16, 2016. This webinar attracted more than 400 learning professionals to learn about one of the hottest new developments in learning "learning agility" and how new understanding about how the brain learns can help us become more learning agile. Led by CAEA leadership team members, Catherine Marienau, Ph.D. and Pamela Meyer, Ph.D. Listen to the webinar recording here.

Embodied Learning Lab

May 3, 2016

This Learning Lab, led by Kristin Barendregt-Ludwig, focused on this question, What can the body know and why does it matter? This workshop invited more than 20 participants to explore paralinguistics, emotions, and gestures as pathways to understanding. Together we reflected together on our experiences and consider implications for learning from our respective contexts.

Adult Learning Innovation Institute: Learning Agility and the Brain: Fostering Learner Success in a Changing World (Two Day Program)

May 16 and 17, 2016. This intensive collaborative learning experience led by Pamela Meyer, Ph.D. and Catherine Marienau, Ph.D. offered 15 learning professionals from 8 institutions across the country and opportunity to discover brain-aware strategies to help the learners they work with be more agile and effective in a changing world. In addition to learning key aspects of how the brain learns, participants discovered the dimensions and dynamics of learning agility. They also learned and develop strategies to help learners in their practice setting develop the competence, capacity and confidence to be more agile learners. Graphic Recorder, Jill Archer and her colleagues, mapped the learning. To join the conversation and download some of the learning resources and maps, visit this group.

A Conversation with Dr. Kerry Ann Rockquemore

June 22, 2016. This year's Bertram L. Scott-Elizabeth A. Fender Distinguished Lecturer, Dr. Kerry Ann Rockquemore, met with 15+ DePaul, School for New Learning faculty members prior to her evening keynote to discuss new approaches to mentoring and coaching. 

MAEA Graduate's Showcase and Networking Event with ATDChi

June 22, 2016. This event attracted more than 120 learning professionals from the Chicagoland area for an evening of networking, idea and resource sharing with our partners at ATDChi (the Chicagoland Chapter of the Association for Talent Development. The evening included networking, a showcase of the recent MAEA (Master of Arts in Educating Adults) innovative final projects, an opportunity fair with area learning and development organizations and a lively keynote presentation.

Highlights included:

  • Professional Networking with appetizers and refreshments

  • Showcase of graduating MAEA (Master of Arts in Educating Adults) students’ innovative learning and development strategies in business, non-profit, higher education, and community-based organizations

  • Job Fair with learning and development organizations

  • Information on SNL’s Master of Arts in Educating Adults (MAEA) and other degree programs

  • ATDChi Membership, certification and mentoring information

  • Bertram L.Scott and Elizabeth A. Fender Distinguished Lecturer: Kerry Ann Rockquemore, Ph.D.

Generative Conversation: What if Every Leader Were a Learning Leader (And What if that Leader is You?)

October 12, 2016. Twenty learning professionals from across sectors, including several graduate students gathered for a collaborative inquiry and generative conversation, based on the shifting understanding and practice of leadership, from a model of “power over” to one of “power to” this year’s guiding question assumes that leaders are found at all levels of society and organizations. These leaders are those that spot challenges and opportunities and effectively respond. With this understanding of leadership in mind, we ask “what if every leader were a learning leader?” A learning leader is someone who takes responsibility for his or her own learning and development, while modeling, inspiring and coaching others to do the same. This notion of leadership also extends beyond the individual to learning communities, wherever we find and co-create them. This conversation was facilitated by CAEA director, Pamela Meyer, Ph.D. with graphic recording by Carrie Waggoner. You may view the map of the conversation here:  What%20if%20convo%20Map%2010.13.16.jpg

2015 Events

News From the Field

January 27, 2015. At this session DePaul, School for New Learning faculty shared the latest adult learning trends and hot topics from the recent  40th Anniversary CAEL (Council for Adult and Experiential Learning) conference with more than thirty on-site participants and a large and engaged online audience. Much of the conversation centered around the renewed national focus on competence-based learning and its implications for our work with adult learners.

Serious Games PDN: Co-sponsored with ATDChi

On February 10th, 2015 this PDN (Professional Development Network) continued the exploration of the latest learning and assessment modalities that serious games brings to adult learning. Each meeting will showcase an expert in game development or game learning theory. This session was conducted entirely online with 30 participants.

Arts-Based Learning Lab

March 13, 2015. A diverse group of artists and adult learning practitioners gathered to reflect on our experiences of Arts-Based Learning (ABL). We also enjoyed experiencing some ABL facilitated by Walt Fisher and concluded the session with a series of questions for future exploration. These questions, as well as additional resources and conversation on the topic can be found here: http://caeacommcon.ning.com/group/arts-based-learning

MAEA Graduates’ Showcase and ATDChi Learning and Networking Event

June 25, 2015. One hundred and twenty five (125) adult learning professionals from the greater Chicagoland area gathered for a lively evening of networking, idea and resource-sharing. The theme of this year's event was "Creating and Sustaining a Thriving Career in Learning and Development" and included a showcase of this year's SNL Master of Arts in Educating Adults (MAEA) final projects, a job fair for learning and development positions, a panel discussion on employability trends in the field, and networking with learning and development professionals from our co-sponsor, ATDChi (the Chicago Chapter of the Association for Talent Development). The job fair participants included United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, the Cara Group, Caveo Learning and Walgreen’s. The panel discussion was moderated by SNL professor, Catherine Marienau and included Jann Iaco, ATDChi, CPLP Director and e-Learning Training Specialist, Crate&Barrel; Sybil Madison-Boyd, Ph.D.from Learning Pathways Program Director, Digital Youth Network, DePaul University and Chicago Cities of Learning; Carol Taylor, Department Head, Workforce Education, Metra; and MAEA program graduate James Lee Weir, M.A Facilitator, Global Leadership College, UPS. 

This event was made possible, in part, through a generous donation from the Mason Parson Family Foundation.

Arts-Based Learning Lab: Embodied Learning, Empathy and Movement

July 1, 2015. Stemming from questions raised from the first convening of the Arts-Based Learning Group, this workshop asked: How can the experience of moving together inform our interactions with our families, friends, and work relationships? How might “listening” with our bodies serve as playful feedback to illuminate generative listening in our lives? Facilitators, Kristin Barendregt-Ludwig and Ilya Vidrin lead 25 adult learning professionals in opportunities to pass fluidly between cognitive and physical spheres, to explore partnered movement as a mode of interactive, dialogic improvisation. 

This event was part of the Bert Scott-Elizabeth A. Fender Lecture Series, and made possible through a generous donation from Bert Scott-Elizabeth A. Fender.

 

Introducing Learning in a Competence-Based World (Webinar)

September 23, 2015. In this one-hour webinar 152 participants learned about the latest developments and trends in Competence-Based Education (CBL) and Competence-Based Learning (CBL) in higher ed and workplace learning and implications for theirwork with adult learners. This event also served as a preview for the full two day Adult Learning Innovation Institute on the same topic on November 9th and 10th, 2015.  This webinar was pre-approved for one hour of HRCI recertification credit. Webinar facilitators included:

 

• Catherine Marienau, Ph.D., DePaul University, School for New Learning (SNL) Professor, CAEA Leadership

• Pamela Meyer, Ph.D. , DePaul University, SNL, PT Faculty, CAEA Director

• Russ Rogers, Ph.D. DePaul University, Professor, Graduate Programs Director

• Kathryn Wozniak, Ph.D., Concordia University, Assistant Professor of Instructional Design and Technology

Adult Learning Innovation Institute: Learning in a Competence-Based World

November 9th and 10th. In this interactive two-day Institute 15 professionals who work with (and within) competence-based approaches to learning had the opportunity to learn, develop and refine specific practices that help learners actually develop the competencies they seek.  This includes strategies and approaches that help learners learn from experience, and apply that learning while enhancing their performance in specific contexts.

Learning professionals across practice settings have long used the language of competence-based learning for specific outcomes that learners can apply in their work and other aspects of adult life. As boundaries between/among work, school, and community are becoming more blurred and artificial, these worlds need to unite to help adults meet increasingly demanding responsibilities of adult life: competence-based learning can provide that bridge.

Pioneers in competency-based education, such as DePaul’s School for New Learning, offer entire competence-based degree programs for adult learners. Higher education is now exploding with variations of competency-based models, many of which include partnerships with the worlds of work and community.  Regardless of the setting—higher education, business, nonprofit, or government— in any competence-based approach, the accent needs to be on learning and self-efficacy as learners.

Facilitated by Leaders in Competence-Based Learning, including:

  • Catherine Marienau, Ph.D., DePaul University, School for New Learning (SNL) Professor and co-author of Assessing Learning
  • Pamela Meyer, Ph.D. Director, Center to Advance Education for Adults (CAEA), author of three books on innovation, learning and change
  • Russ Rogers, Ph.D., DePaul University, Director of SNL Graduate Programs, leading change management and workplace learning consultant
  • Kathryn Wozniak, Ph.D.., Assistant Professor, Concordia University
  • With Graphic Facilitation by Jill Archer 

 

2014 Events

News From the Field

January 29, 2014. At this session DePaul, School for New Learning faculty shared the latest adult learning trends and hot topics from the recent CAEL (Council for Adult and Experiential Learning and AAACE (American Association for Adult and Continuing Education) conferences with more than thirty on-site participants and a large and engaged online audience. Participants also learned about the latest developments in MOOCs and competence-based learning, among other hot topics.

Presenters were:

      • Catherine Marienau, Ph.D.

      • Michelle Navarre-Cleary, Ph.D.

      • Leodis Scott, Ed.D.

After brief highlights from each presenter, the discussion opened to all participants to explore implications these trends have for our work with adult learners.

Enhancing Employability Through Certification

February 11, 2014. At this interactive event, DePaul students and alumni and their guests learned the value of certification in enhancing employability and how to identify the right certification option for their specific career path. Speakers from DePaul's department of Continuing and Professional Education (CPE), the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) shared their personal success stories with certification. In addition, participants learned about current employment trends and the value of combining professional and academic credentials to enhance employability. After the presentation, participants were invited to meet informally with representatives from the various associations, DePaul's CPE and School for New Learning Graduate Programs. 

Introducing Learning Agility

March 18, 2014. A diverse group of 50 learning professionals gathered to learn more about the concept and phenomenon of learning agility and began to think about how to develop this capacity in themselves and others. Pamela Meyer, Ph.D. presented with Graphic Facilitation by Jill Archer. 

This event was part of the Bert Scott-Elizabeth A. Fender Lecture Series, and made possible through a generous donation from Bert Scott-Elizabeth A. Fender.

 

Adult Learning Innovation Institute:

Agile Learning and Development Strategies for a Changing World

On April 23 & 24, 2014 a group of 20 learning professionals from diverse practice settings and roles gathered to learn key concepts of learning agility and generate strategies to help others become more learning agile. This Institute was co-facilitated by Pamela Meyer, Ph.D. and Catherine Marienau, Ph.D. Graphic Facilitation by Jill Archer. To join the discussion and view maps generated during the Institute, visit: http://caeacommcon.ning.com/group/learning-agility

 

MAEA Graduates' Showcase and Networking Event

On June 29, 2014 over 100 current and prospective students, alumni, faculty and adult learning professionals from the Chicago Chapter of ASTD joined us for for an evening of conversation with DePaul's graduating Master of Arts in Educating Adults students. Informal poster sessions were followed by a panel discussion and open conversation that discussed the graduating adult learning professionals practice-based inquiry. 

Project highlights included:

  • Bringing consciousness to a southside community through a walk-ability assessment
  • Developing an employee training program for new recruiters
  • Developing life-skills for employment retention for African-Americans with risk factors for employment failure
  • Professional development program for Park District employees

This event was supported, in part, by a generous gift from the Mason Parson Family Foundation. 

Introducing Innovative Strategies for Facilitating Adult Learning

July 10, 2014. More than 50 adult learning professionals participated in this introductory session led by Bruce Williams and James Kelly. Participants learned several interactive strategies for engaging adult learners and got a taste of the summer Adult Learning Innovation Institute. 

This event was part of the Bert Scott-Elizabeth A. Fender Lecture Series, and made possible through a generous donation from Bert Scott-Elizabeth A. Fender.

 

Adult Learning Innovation Institute: Innovative Strategies for Facilitating Adult Learning

August 7th and 8th, 2014. In this highly interactive two-day module 15 participants learned strategies to engage and motivate adult learners in their learning and development settings. Master facilitators Bruce Williams and Jim Kelly demonstrated learner-centered instruction and teach participants how to keep adults focused and attentive even through multiple hours of a training or course using a variety of innovative strategies. Each participant had the opportunity to increase his/her repertoire of strategies for facilitating learning for use in his/her practice and receive follow-up support for continued competence development.

A Conversation About Learning in a Competence-Based World

October 9th, 2014. Leaders in the field of competence-based learning convened to invite 40 + adult learning colleagues to join them in a conversation to discuss the latest trends and opportunities in competence-based learning. This session also served as a preview for the Fall two-day Adult Learning Innovation Institute, Learning in a Competence-Based World on November 10th and 11th. In addition to our thoughtful participants, the following panelist/discussants joined the conversation:

  • Catherine Marienau, Ph.D., DePaul University, School for New Learning (SNL) Professor, CAEA Leadership Team, and co-author of Assessing Learning
  • Pamela Meyer, Ph.D., Director, Center to Advance Education for Adults (CAEA), author of three books on innovation, learning and change 
  • Russ Rogers, Ph.D., DePaul University, Director of SNL Gradu­ate Programs, leading change management and workplace learning consultant 
  • Donna Younger, Ph.D., Assoc VP of Higher Education, Council for Adult & Experiential Learning (CAEL)
  • Kathryn Wozniak, M.A., SNL Writing Faculty, CAEA Leadership Team

Please find the map of this conversation by Graphic Facilitator, Jill Archer here.

This event was part of the Bert Scott-Elizabeth A. Fender Lecture Series, and made possible through a generous donation from Bert Scott-Elizabeth A. Fender.

Serious Games PDN: Co-Sponsored Event with CC-ASTD

October 14, 2014. This PDN (Professional Development Network) was led by SNL Part-Time Faculty member, Dennis Glenn and explored the latest learning and assessment modalities that serious games brings to adult learning. Each meeting will showcase an expert in game development or game leaning theory. You can view the slides and join the conversation about Serious Games here.

Enhancing Employability Through Credentialing

October 30th, 2014. More than 50 Chicago area human resource, and learning and development professionals gathered to learn about current trends in employability and credentialing and discovered how they and their employees could apply workplace credentials and learning toward the completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree at the School for New Learning. More details available here.

 

Adult Learning Innovation Institute: Learning in a Competence-Based World: Mindsets, Models and Methods

November 10th and 11th, 2014. Led by SNL faculty, Catherine Marienau, Ph.D., Pamela Meyer, Ph.D., Russ Rogers, Ph.D., Kathryn Wozniak and Donna Younger, Ed.D., Assoc VP of Higher Education, Council of Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) this two day Institute attracted adult learning professionals from around the country to learn about innovative ways they can support learners in their settings to identify and develop competence. Many of the conversations were mapped by Graphic Facilitator, Jill Archer. We invite you to view and download these maps and join the conversation on CBL here.

CAEL Conference Event: What if Every Community Were a Learning Community?

November 12, 2014.  This session was co-facilitated by CAEA leaders Julie Benesh, Ph.D., Catherine Marienau, Ph.D. and Pamela Meyer, Ph.D. and attracted more that 40 learning professionals interested in learning how they can identify, foster and sustain learning communities in their practice settings. You can view the insights from this collaborative inquiry and download maps from previous reflections on the topic here

2013 Learning Events 

News From the Field

On January 23rd, 2013, 30 participants attended either in person or on the live stream through the ning site to hear the latest trends in adult learning, mentoring and advising from learning professionals who have recently returned from important adult learning conferences. This session focused on new insights gained from the 10th International Transformative Learning Conference. After a series of brief presentations the attendees discussed the implications for the conference insights on work with adult learners.

Presenters Included:

• Julie Benesh, Ph.D., Chicago School of Professional Psychology

• Roni Buckley, Ed.D., DePaul University, School for New Learning

• Joseph Cheh, Ph.D., DePaul University, School for New Learning

• M.J. Dix, Ed.D., DePaul University, School for New Learning

• Akilah Martin, Ph.D., DePaul University, School for New Learning

• Pamela Meyer, Ph.D., DePaul University, Center to Advance Education for Adults

 

Learning with the Brain in Mind: Part II

On January 29th, 2013 20 people attended this session, which was a follow up to our December program in which we explored how new research in neuroscience might impact our work with adult learners. In this session Catherine Marienau, PhD. recapped six key concepts of the brain, and used them to generate specific ideas for how we can support adult learning success in our various practice settings.

 

What If Every Community Were a Learning Community?

On February 6th, 2013, 30 people attended our second event in our series of learning events in which we explore the question, "What If Every Community Were a Learning Community?" In this Learning Lab, which was facilitated by Amy Scatliff, Ph.D., attendees gathered in small experiential groups to do an experiment with an Illuminative Learning Method. The Illuminative Method uses positive psychology and reflective questions to help members of small informal learning networks to generate new learning topics, classes and collaborations. This event was supported, in part, by a generous gift from the Mason Parson Family Foundation. We invite you to view the map from this collaborative learning event and join the conversation.

 

News From the Field

On February 19th, 2013, 20 learning professionals attended online and in person for this session of News From The Field. In this series presenters shared highlights of recent adult learning and mentoring conferences that they have attended. 

This session featured highlights from this year's International Mentoring Association Conference, as well as the NACADA (National Association for Academic Advising) conference. After the presentations, the participants discussed the implications of recent trends and insights on various practices with adult learners.

Presenters included:

• Deborah Holton, Ph.D., Associate Professor Associate Dean, Mentoring & Part-Time Faculty

• Christine Hayda, Assistant Director of Advising

• Scott Gabbert, Academic Advisor

We invite you to download the slides from this session.

What If Every Community Were a Learning Community?

On March 12th, 2013, about 30 people joined us for this third in our series of learning events in which we explored our roles and responsibilities in co-creating learning communities in various practice settings. We invite you to view the map of our collaborative learning and join the continuing conversation.

 

CAEA Learning Lab: “Learning Cities” Appreciative Inquiry

On April 25th, 2013 over 30 people attended this learning lab that explored the basics of a “learning city.”  From thoughts regarding a learning society (Jarvis, 2000) and communities of practice (Wenger, 2000), attendees were guided through an appreciative inquiry (Cooperrider & Suresh, 1987) about education and learning.  Participants left with action steps and collaborative work opportunities that foster leadership, scholarship, and engagement.  The appreciative inquiry cycle includes four essential steps: discovery, envisioning, design, and destiny, which together offer a holistic approach.  This process engages participants in a reflective discussion about experiences and practices in consideration of building a learning city and society. The facilitators for this event were: Dr. Leodis Scott, Part-Time Faculty at DePaul University-School for New Learning, Masters of Arts in Educating Adults (MAEA), Connie Watson, Assistant Professor-Psychology & Coordinator Community Leadership Program, Community College of Philadelphia, and Nicole Woods, Director-Faculty Diversity Initiatives, University of Chicago.

 

From Brain to Mind: Using Neuroscience to Guide Our Work With Adult Leaders

On May 8th, 2013, Over 50 attendees joined CAEA for a Special Event, sponsored by the The Bertram L. Scott/Elizabeth A. Fender Distinguished Lecture Series Endowment: James E. Zull, Professor of Biology, Biochemistry and Cognitive Science at Case Western Reserve University and author of "From Brain to Mind: Using Neuroscience to Guide Change in Education"  lead a workshop that helped attendees learn how to use the latest developments in neuroscience to improve their work with adult learners. We invite you to view the video of this workshop.

 

Enhancing Employability through Professional Credentials

On May 29, 2013, more than 50 adult learners and human resource professionals gathered to learn how they can earn college credit for professional certificates offered by DePaul's department of Continuing and Professional Education (CPE), theAmerican Society of Training and Development (ASTD) and the Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM). Participants learned about current employment trends and the value of professional and academic credentials in enhancing their employability. After a brief formal presentation, participants were invited to meet informally with representatives from the various associations, as well as School for New Learning academic advisors. Slides of the opening presentation can be downloaded here: Enhancing%20Employability%20Slides%20FINAL.pptx

 

Reflection and Reflective Inquiry:

Mapping a Way of Knowing for Professional Reflective Inquiry

On June 17, 2013 Nona Lyons, Ph.D. led a workshop for DePaul School for New Learning faculty and advisors on reflective inquiry. Dr. Lyons holds a doctorate in psychology from the Harvard and is a Visiting Research Scholar at University College Cork (UCC), Ireland since 2001. She is editor of the Handbook of Reflection and Reflective Inquiry: Mapping a Way of Knowing for Professional Reflective Inquiry (2010) and other publications concerning reflection. She also participated in Carol Gilligan’s project on women’s moral development.  This event was supported by the The Bertram L. Scott/Elizabeth A. Fender Distinguished Lecture Series Endowment.

 

MAEA Graduates' Showcase

On June 20, 2013 over 50 people joined us for for an evening of conversation with DePaul's graduating Master of Arts in Educating Adults students. Informal poster sessions were followed by a panel discussion and open conversation that discussed the graduating adult learning professionals practice-based inquiry.

Project highlights included:

  • The evolution of a trainer from transmission to interactive delivery
  • Redesigning a vocational college course to include latest technologies
  • Facilitating cultural sensitivity concerning microaggession again Black women in the social service workplace

 

Learning Lab: Understanding and Exploring Learning Agility

September 19, 2013: In this Learning Lab, led by Pamela Meyer, Ph.D., 15 participants collectively explored and discover some of the dimensions and dynamics of learning agility and generate ideas for how we can enhance this capacity in our own practice settings. Graphic facilitator, Jill Archer mapped the conversation.

Learning agility, or the ability to learn and adapt in changing contexts (Mitchinson & Morris, 2012) is increasingly central to success in the workplace and life. Learning agility is also a component of organizational agility, which is proving to return significant bottom line benefits for those who make it a strategic priority (Glenn, 2009). Please visit the forum for this event to view the map and continue the conversation with us: http://caeacommcon.ning.com/forum/topics/exploring-and-understanding-learning-agility

 

News from the Field: New Developments in Competence-Based Learning, MOOCs, Badges and More

On October 1, 2013 Catherine Marienau, Ph.D., Kathryn Wozniak and Pamela Meyer, Ph.D. shared current trends and developments in competence-based learning and education, MOOCs, badges and other assessment and credentialing trends. We will discuss implications for adult learning practitioners in our various practice settings. Please visit the News From the Field group to download the slides from this conversation and share additional ideas and resources: http://caeacommcon.ning.com/group/news-from-the-field/forum/topics/october-1-2013-new-developments-in-competence-based-learning-mooc. You may view the full video of the event here: http://condor.depaul.edu/mptvideo/SNL/SNL10012013/CAEA10012013.html

 

Introducing "Learning with the Adult Brain in Mind"

On October 23rd, 2013 more than fifty adult learning professionals gathered for an engaging overview of adult learning and the brain with Drs. Kathleen Taylor and Annalee Lamoreaux, of Saint Mary’s College of California. Participants will gain insight into the learning process from the brain’s point of view and be introduced to the six aspects of brain function. This event was sponsored by the The Bertram L. Scott/Elizabeth A. Fender Distinguished Lecture Series Endowment.

Adult Learning Innovation Institute: Learning with the Adult Brain in Mind

On October 24th and 25th, 2013 nineteen adult learning professionals took a two-day intensive workshop led by Drs. Kathleen Taylor and Annalee Lamoreaux to explore in greater depth how to apply the six aspects of brain functions to improve their work with adult learners.

2012 Learning Events

Learning Leaders Book Discussion & Networking: Continuous Learning (CAEA co-sponsored event with Chicagoland Learning Leaders)

January 20th, 2012- Held concurrently at both the Loop and O’Hare campuses, approximately 35 people including including Adult Learning professionals, HR practitioners, and business professionals attended a facilitated discussion on two book summaries:  The High-Impact HR Organization: Top 10 Best Practices on the Road to Excellence(2011, Bersin & Associates) and Becoming the Evidence-Based Manager: Making the Science of Management Work for You (2011, Latham). ) The Loop campus event was facilitated by Carol Semrad (DePaul University) and Jim Graham (Chicagoland Learning Leader). The O’Hare campus event was facilitated by Suzie Rybicki (Rewards Network) and Angela McKeirnan (U.S. Cellular).

 

Mentoring Series Launch: What if Every Encounter Were a Learning Encounter?

January 26th, 2012-A diverse group of approximately 30 adult learning, mentoring and advising professionals gathered at DePaul University's School for New Learning to reflect on the dimensions and dynamics of mentoring, advising and informal learning and to surface our burning questions. The two maps were created by graphic facilitator, Brandy Agerbeck, during the conversation reflect our initial thoughts. These thoughts will seed our future programming and collaborative inquiry on the topic. This event was supported, in part, by a generous gift from the Mason Parson Family Foundation.

  

 “What if Every Encounter Was a Learning Encounter?” Intentional Mentoring, Advising & Informal Learning: Fostering Cultures of Intentional Informal Learning & Mentoring

Feb 29th, 2012 at DePaul's loop campus with over 30 people attending. In this learning experience participants not only had a chance to experience informal learning through community-based strategies, the arts and more, they got to learn with and from those who create cultures of informal learning and mentoring in diverse practice settings. Together participants discovered new insights and direction for creating intentional learning cultures across practice settings. This event was supported, in part, by a generous gift from the Mason Parson Family Foundation.

 

Journal Club

On April 3rd, 2012 Catherine Marienau and Julie Benesh hosted the first Journal Club, which brought together approximately 5 practitioner-scholars who are recreational readers of peer-reviewed journals, want to be better conductors, reviewers or consumers of academic literature, or who are just plain curious about what is going on in the field. 

 

“What if Every Encounter Were a Learning Encounter?

A Scholar-Practitioner Conversation on Intentional Mentoring, Advising and Informal Learning

April 11th, 2012 at DePaul's loop campus with about 30 people in attendance and 10 people joining online. In this learning experience participants discussed two provocative articles from different perspectives on informal learning, advising and mentoring. We had a lively discussion about their relevance and implications for our work with adult learners. The conversation was facilitated by Catherine Marienau, Professor & Mentor, DePaul University and began with brief comments by discussants: 

  • Kelli McMiller, VP of Consulting, Kaleidoscope Group Diversity
  • Julie Benesh, Assistant Professor, Chicago School of Professional Psychology Lawrence Hedblom, Founder and Managing Director, Springboard Unlimited. 
  • Graphic Facilitation by Brandy Agerbeck of loosetooth.com

The articles we discussed were: Cross-Cultural Mentoring as a Context for Learning by Juanita Johnson-Bailey, Ronald M. Cervero; and The Neuroscience of the Mentor-Learner Relationship by Sandra Johnson.

 

Reclaiming the Power of Play (at Work)

April 19th, 2012 at DePaul's Loop campus with 40 people in attendance from across the university and other learning practice settings, the session addressed how most of us have been socialized to believe that work and play are incompatible. At this session participants learned how to harness the power of play to increase engagement, creativity, and collaboration. Participants also learned about the mindset shift that can help them transform their workplace into a playspace for innovating, learning and positive change. Attendants learned best practices from high-performance organizations that have transcended the work-play dualism and left with ideas to bring back to their colleagues. This program was co-sponosred with DePaul's Office of Workplace Learning, Performance and Organization Development.

Presenter: Pamela Meyer, School for New Learning, DePaul University and author of, From Workplace to Playspace: Innovating, Learning and Changing Through Dynamic Engagement and Permission: A Guide to Generating More Ideas, Being More of Yourself, and Having More Fun at Work.

 

Playing with Our Roles in Mentoring and Informal Learning “What if Every Encounter Were a Learning Encounter?”

 Intentional Mentoring, Advising & Informal Learning

On May 9th, 2012 at DePaul's Loop campus with 20 people in attendance to participate in quite literally playing with our roles as mentors, mentees and participants in informal learning. Attendees participated and/or observed and reflected as participants engaged in various role-playing scenarios as we learn more about our roles and responsibilities as intentional participants in learning encounters in diverse practice settings.

 

School for New Learning 40th Anniversary Series: What If Every Community Were a Learning Community?

On December 10th, 40 attendees gathered to discuss the Adult Brain and Learning. Dr. Kathleen Taylor and her collaborator, Dr. Annalee Lamoreaux facilitated this interactive workshop focusing on the relationship between cognitive neuroscience and adult learning practice—and implications for more effective facilitating, mentoring, teaching, and learning. In the New York Times article on “How to Train the Aging Brain,” for which she was interviewed, Dr.Taylor described how recent discoveries about the plasticity of the adult brain can be used to facilitate new understanding.   “As adults, we have these well-trodden paths in our synapses” that tend to maintain what we think we already know.  If, however, we are encouraged to “wrestle with our established brain connections,” we can develop new pathways that foster more complex understandings and capacities.   

 

News From the Field

On May 24th, 2012 at DePaul's Loop campus, with 25 people in attendance, presenters shared their learning from this year's International Mentoring Conference and discussed trends in international education. The presenters included: Shirley Bono, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Student Services; Deborah Holton, Ph.D,    Associate Dean, Mentoring and Part-Time Faculty; Susan McGury, Ph.D, Director Oak Forest Campus and International Programs; and Gina Sian, Director, Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK). After the presentations, participants engaged in a collaborative conversation about the implications of recent trends and insigths on various practices with adult learners. 

 

Journal Club

On May 29th, about 5 practitioner-scholars got together to discuss the article: Organizing and the process of Sensemaking, Weick, K.E., Sutcliffe,& Obstfeld, D (2005) for the second Journal Club session. 

 

The Bertram L. Scott/Elizabeth A. Fender Distinguished Lecture Series:

What If Every Encounter Were a Learning Encounter? A Conversation with Laurent A. Daloz
On June 7th, 2012 at DePaul's Lincoln Park Campus, over 100 people attended this conversation with Laurent Daloz. Attendees participated in a lively and provocative conversation with one of the leading thinkers and practitioners in adult learning, Laurent A. Parks Daloz. In addition to his many career achievements and contributions, Daloz received the Doctorate of Honorary Letters from DePaul University School for New Learning at its 2012 Commencement and delivered this year’s commencement address to our graduates. At this pre-graduation event, Daloz shared some of his latest thinking in advance of the publication of the updated edition of his seminal book, Mentor: Guiding the Journey of Adult Learners, as well as engaged us in reflection and conversation on our own roles as mentors in our various practice settings.


MAEA Graduates' Showcase

On June 14th over 50 people joined us for for an evening of conversation with DePaul's graduating Master of Arts in Educating Adults students. Informal poster sessions were followed by a panel discussion and open conversation that discussed the graduating adult learning professionals practice-based inquiry.

 

Journal Club

On June 25th, the third Journal Club, about 5 practitioner-scholars got to together to discuss the following articles: 

Clark, C. M., & Dirkx, J. M. (2000). Moving beyond a unitary self: A reflective dialogue. In A. L. Wilson & E. Hayes (Eds.), Handbook of adult and continuing education (pp. 101-116). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Kovan, J. T., & Dirkx, J. M. (2003). "Being called awake": The role of transformative learning in the lives of environmental activists. Adult Education Quarterly, 53(2), 99-118.

 

Journal Club

On July 26th, the fourth Journal Club, about 5 practitioner-scholars discussed the article: Communities of Practice and Social Learning Systems, Etienne Wenger (2000). 

 

Journal Club

On Sept. 13th, the Journal Club offered a different venue by watching a video about recent research and thinking about the 'left and right' brain, followed by discussion with about 5 attendees about the implications for adults' learning and working. This video was a helpful backdrop for future conversations since CAEA is including 'cognitive neuroscience and adult learning' as a new theme for 2012-2013. Here is the link for the video: www.thersa.org/events/video/animate/rsa-animate-the-divided-brain

 

What If Every Community Were a Learning Community?

On Oct 11, 2012, CAEA kicked-off our fall series which builds on last year’s inquiry into the nature and dynamics of mentoring, advising and informal learning by expanding the reflection to explore learning in community—wherever we may find it. In this facilitated conversation, the approximately 30 attendees explored what we mean by learning community, where we find them, how we experience them and how we can be more intentional in creating them. This event was supported, in part, by a generous gift from the Mason Parson Family Foundation.

Journal Club Meeting

On October 22nd, about 5 people gathered to discuss and debate a thought-provoking video on the "brain and social learning" and its implications for our practice.

 

News From the Field/Dean’s Office Report

On October 22nd, 20 people attended this News From the Field session which focused on the Lumina & Gates Convening meeting- Beyond Seat-Time: New Learning (Competency) Models. Catherine Marienau reported highlights of the meeting where she had joined 50 other participants from diverse institutions and programs around the country that are doing competency-based education (from pre-launching stage to 40 years experience). The purpose of the convening was to inform funding and policy agendas and to explore ways to build and sustain momentum for competency-based higher education. Catherine then facilitated a discussion about SNL-DePaul potential involvement in the national movement. 

 

CAEA Learning Lab

On Oct. 25th, CAEA sponsored the first Learning Lab, which is for adult learning practitioners to experiment with new teaching, facilitation and learning strategies. This first session offered the 15 participants the opportunity to experience the impact of narrative, movement, metaphor, and role play on small - group collaboration. Participants created a visual, auditory, and movement - inspired language as their primary tool in this session. The environment created for exploring, sharing and learning during this session was highly interactive and collaborative, with participants having the opportunity to move back and forth from the role of "Listener" to that of  "Narrator", integrating their "voice" and/or perspective into that of a particular small - group creative scenario. 

 

Journal Club Meeting

On November 13th, 5 people gathered to continue the discussion and debate about the thought-provoking video on the "brain and social learning" and its implications for our practice.

 

The Bertram L. Scott/Elizabeth A. Fender Distinguished Lecture Series:

Mentoring with the Adult Brain in Mind

On December 10th, 2012, 30 participants attended this session where Dr. Taylor and her collaborator, Dr. Annalee Lamoreaux facilitated this interactive workshop focusing on the relationship between cognitive neuroscience and adult learning practice—and implications for more effective facilitating, mentoring, teaching, and learning. In the New York Times article on “How to Train the Aging Brain,” for which she was interviewed, Dr. Kathleen Taylor described how recent discoveries about the plasticity of the adult brain can be used to facilitate new understanding.   “As adults, we have these well-trodden paths in our synapses” that tend to maintain what we think we already know.  If, however, we are encouraged to “wrestle with our established brain connections,” we can develop new pathways that foster more complex understandings and capacities. We invite you to download pdf images of the six concepts Taylor and Lamoreaux shared with us.

 

 

2011 Learning Events

News from the Field 

December 1st, 2011-Approximately 15 higher education professionals joined the on-ground conversation about emerging trends in adult education discussed at the International Transformative Learning Conference held in Greece in May 2011, the fall American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) held in November 2011, and Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) conference also held November 2011. Facilitators included Pamela Meyer, Ph.D. (DePaul University), Gwen Weaver (DePaul University), Catherine Marienau, Ph.D. (DePaul University) and Virginia Heaven, Ph.D. (Columbia College). The conversation also included online participation from members viewing the live U-stream broadcast.

 

Scholar-Practitioner Series: Theory, Practice, Theory

November 4th, 2011 - Approximately 20 people including Adult Learning professionals,  HR practitioners, and Business professionals attended this discussion facilitated by Regina Spellers Sims, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor, DePaul University; Julie Benesh, Ph.D. Participants were asked to read the article, Practitioner-Faculty Dialectic: Balancing Professional Identities in Adult Education (Reybold, 2008). This event was live-streamed and included online audience participation via a chat window.

The below questions provided a framework for the conversation:

•How so we balance professional identities in our various practice settings?

•How do our practice settings influence our role with adult learners?

•What impact do emerging trends and theories have on our role?

 

News from the Field

October 12th, 2011 -  Presenters shared highlights and best practices from this year's Chicagoland Learning Leaders Conference and the International Transformative Learning Conference. Presenters included, Carol Taylor, Manager, Instruction Programs and Development, Chicago Transit Authority; Regina Spellers Sims, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor, DePaul University; Julie Benesh, Ph.D. Director of Organizational Development, Rush University Medical Center; and Pamela Meyer, Ph.D., Director, Center to Advance Education for Adults. This event was live-streamed and included online audience participation via a chat window.

 

Leaders Book Discussion & Networking: Innovation and Passion (CAEA co-sponsored event with Chicagoland Learning Leaders)

September 13th, 2011 - Held concurrently at both the DePaul Loop and O'Hare campuses, approximately 20 people including Adult Learning professionals, HR practitioners, and business professionals attended a facilitated discussion on two book summaries: The Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs, Insanely Different Principles for Breakthrough Success (2011, Gallo) and The Pursuit of Wow! Every person's Guide to Topsy-Turvy Times (1994, Peters). Loop facilitators were Gillian Steele (DePaul University), Dana Beird (CNA Insurance), and Robyn Clark (BPI Group). O'Hare facilitators were Dan Heck (Chicagoland Learning Leader) and Julie Benesh (Rush University Medical Center).

 

CAEA Sponsored Event – Group Facilitation Symposium, “Catalysts for Change”

June 10th, 2011 – CAEA Director, Pamela Meyer presented a workshop titled, “From Workplace to Playspace: Facilitating the Mindset Shift for Innovation and High Engagement” at this event held in the DePaul Center for facilitators, team leaders, consultants, leaders, and project managers. CAEA also exhibited informational materials at this event.

 

Learning Leaders Book Discussion & Networking: Value Driven Leadership (CAEA co-sponsored event with Chicagoland Learning Leaders)
June 3rd, 2011– Held concurrently at both the Loop and O’Hare campuses, approximately 20 people including Adult Learning professionals, HR practitioners, and business professionals attended a facilitated discussion on two book summaries: The Truth about Leadership: The No-fads, Heart-of-the-Matter Facts You Need to Know (2010, Kouzes & Posner) and Essentials of Business Ethics: Creating an Organization of High Integrity and Superior Performance (Collins, 2009) The event was facilitated by Mary McGuiness (DePaul University), Matthew Woolsey (Diamond Consultants), and Don Sandel (Executive Learning Exchange).

 

Continuing the Conversation on Diversity & Inclusion in a Global World

May 4th, 2011 – Facilitated follow up conversation to the Future of Diversity and Inclusion in a Global World Conference. Approximately 15 people attended including Adult Learning professionals, HR practitioners, and members of the corporate sector at the School for New Learning. Light dinner was served and participants focused on topics they found most meaningful at the conference, including different approaches to best facilitate workplace learning and diversity trainings in the workplace.

 

The Future of Diversity and Inclusion in a Global World Conference and Pre-Conference Dinner

April 19th, 2011 – Welcome and pre-conference dinner held at the Union League Club. Speakers, facilitators, the consul general panel, and CAEA advisory board members are in attendance.

April 20th, 2011 – Supported by a generous gift from the Mason Parson Family FoundationThe Future of Diversity and Inclusion in a Global World Conference was held at the DePaul Center Conference Space. Approximately 150 members from the non-profit, corporate, and higher education sectors attended the full day conference which included

- Keynote Speaker Dr. Roosevelt Thomas, Jr., CEO & President of Roosevelt Thomas Consulting and Training and Founder/ Trustee Emeritus of American Institute for Managing Diversity

- Andres Tapia, President of Diversity Best Practices - Laura Hertzog, Director of EEO/ Diversity & Inclusion Programs, Cornell

- Pam McElvance, CEO, P & L Group and Publisher of Diversity MBA Magazine and Minority Executive Journal Online

 - General Consul of India Mrs. Mukta D. Tomar, General Consul of France Mr. Graham Paul, General Consul of El Salvador Ms. Patricia Maza Pittsford

The conference also offered HRCI Accreditation for HR Practitioners. 

 

DePaul Innovation Network at Threadless Headquarters (CAEA partner event with DePaul’s Center for Innovation and Creativity)

March 4th, 2011 – Tour and panel discussion at Threadless, one of Chicago’s most innovative businesses, with CAEA Director and SNL faculty Pamela Meyer, and several Threadless team members attended by more than 80 people. Discussion centered around understanding high engagement and learning strategies that sustain innovation and profitability.

 

Learning Leaders Book Discussion & Networking: Making Leadership Development Stick - 2020 Workplace (CAEA co-sponsored event with Chicagoland Learning Leaders)

March 4th, 2011 – Book discussion at the Loop and O’Hare campuses to discover successful strategies for making leadership development stick; as our talent becomes more diverse, multi-generational, and literate in social media.

 

Navigating the Power Shift: How Technology is Reshaping the Worlds of Education, Nonprofits, and Business

February 23rd, 2011 –SYNC Technology Center in Chicago's west loop was the site of this lively discussion about navigating the technology-driven power shift. Approximately 40 attended from business, nonprofit and education. Explored how the new paradigm is impacting the way we get information and how we learn, act, and re-act. An expert panel of learning and technology professionals across sectors (Ramon DeLeon, Managing Partner, Domino Pizza; Eva Penar, Chicago Community Trust; and Beth Rubin, DePaul University School for New Learning, with moderator Tom Barr, Knowledge Manager, Enablon) kicked things off with a variety of perspectives. The event was live-streamed over the internet with a robust online chat and twitter conversation.

 

Build Better Learning with Improv (CAEA partner event with CCASTD)

 February 17th, 2011 – In person with Matt Elwell, CPLP, President and CEO of ComedySportz Theatre, introduced participants to the learning value of improv comedy. While many know that Chicago is famous for its improv scene, the business impact of “applied improvisation” is still a best-kept secret.

 

2010 Learning Events

Starting the Conversation on Diversity & Inclusion in a Global World

November 2nd, 2010 – An in person pre-event dinner to the Conference. This event provided an opportunity for thought leaders from a variety of organizations who are interested in the future of diversity and inclusion in a global context to meet each other and learn from each other using an Open Space framework, which enabled many perspectives to be heard on several burning issues identified by the group. Themes generated during this conversation provided the foundation and direction for the April conference. A Graphic Facilitator, Brandy Agerbeck, recorded the insights in a large-scale format. Supported, in part, by a generous gift from the Mason Parson Family Foundation.

 

Learning Leaders Book Discussion & Networking: Developing Leaders Using Social Media (CAEA co-sponsored event with Chicagoland Learning Leaders)

On September 13th, 2010 an in person panel book discussion took place at the Loop campus to explore how Chicagoland organizations leverage social media for achieving business results. Panelists were: Carol Taylor, Manager of Training for Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and Kelli McMiller, Director of Diversity & Inclusion for Sara Lee North America.

 

Making the Business Case for Playspace at Work with Chicagoland Chapter of American Society for Training & Development

On June 10th, 2010, an in person book discussion with CAEA Director and SNL faculty member Pamela Meyer took place at the Loop and O’Hare campuses. The focus of the conversation was how to create playspace in organizations using a variety of strategies including those inspired by improvisation and other collaborative arts and how to consistently create space for dynamic engagement to make innovating, learning, and changing ongoing organizational processes, rather than rare events.

 

2009 Learning Events

Eight Steps to Creating Flow in a Virtual Learning Environment!

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 over 30 registrants explored the internet and enjoyed a hands-on session with Presenter Dennis Glenn (MFA. President & CEO, Discourse, IIc; Director of Social Media for CCASTD -Chicagoland Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development). Dennis, a regular presenter at ASTD national conferences and former assistant dean for distributed education at Northwestern University led participants through an interactive session, to explore web-based tools that can enhance 'flow' in a virtual learning environment. What is 'flow'? Borrowing from Csikszentmihalyi's (1990) concept of flow, optimal learning experiences occur when people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter. With adult learners in virtual environments, tools are used that insure learners are engaged in the process and feel a sense of well-being. The goal is to make sure learners receive constructive feedback that fosters their motivation and enjoyment of the learning process. Dennis Glenn presented 8 steps of a flow-activity that maximizes virtual learning with interactive tools. Participants received a set of on-line tools (free and practical) for their use. DePaulCAEA102309.pdf  

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