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Course Details

Course Details

Course Code: EDUC320 Course ID: 2932 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course provides candidates, or course participants, with the knowledge and skills necessary to establish a classroom learning community in which they can organize and conduct effective instruction that challenges and involves learners. Successful classrooms exist because instructors have clear ideas about the most effective classroom conditions necessary for a healthy and intellectually stimulating learning environment. Course content will focus on the differences between teacher-centered and student-centered activities, considerations for adult learners, and addressing the needs of online, face-to-face, and hybrid learning contexts.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to

  • Describe the components of effective classroom management;
  • Explain how andragogy applies to classroom management of adult learners;
  • Summarize ways to create a sense of community in learning environments;
  • Analyze issues that can cause barriers to learner success; and
  • Create a classroom management plan.

Required Texts/Readings

Balliro, L. (2005). Clues to classroom management in ABE. Field Notes,15(2). Retrieved from

Blake, D. A. (2009). What I learned from teaching adult learners online. eLearn Magazine. Retrieved


Blondie, L. C. (2007). Evaluation and application of andragogical assumptions to the adult online learning environment. Journal of Interactive Online Learning, 6(2), 116-130. Retrieved from

Center for Disease Control. (n.d.). Effective training from start to finish. Retrieved from

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College Sector Committee for Adult Upgrading. (n.d.). Best practices in managing the classroom to improve student commitment. Retrieved from

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Connor, C., & Steadman, S. C. (2006). Adult basic education: Effective classrooms and successful students: Executive summary of findings and recommendations. Retrieved from

Fink, J. T. (2005). At-risk online learners: Reducing barriers to success. eLearn Magazine.

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Frey, B.A., & Webreck Alman, S. (2003). Applying adult learning theory to the online classroom. New Horizons in Adult Education, 17(1), 4-12. Retrieved from

Herod, L-K. (2003). Promoting reflective discourse in the Canadian adult literacy community: Asynchronous discussion forums. New Horizons in Adult Education, 17(1), 13-21. Retrieved from

Laycock, N. (2012). How to build and lead successful online communities: Behaving appropriately. eLearn Magazine. Retrieved from (n.d.) Module 1: Creating a community of learners. Retrieved from (n.d.). Module 2: Planning for outcomes Retrieved from (n.d.). Module 3: Active teaching and learning. Retrieved from (n.d.). Module 4: Moving beyond the classroom. Retrieved from (n.d.). Module 5: Teaching with technology. Retrieved from (n.d.). Module 6: Assessing teaching and learning. Retrieved from

Ota, C., DiCarol, C. F., Burts, D. C., Laird, R., & Gioe, C. (2006). Training and the needs of adult learners. Journal of Extension, 44(6). Retrieved from

Pappas, C. (2013). The adult learning theory-andragogy-of Malcolm Knowles. Concepts. Retrieved from

Perego, K. (2011). Tailoring virtual training delivery for adult learners. Learning Solutions Magazine.

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Pew, S. (2007). Andragogy and pedagogy as foundational theory for student motivation in higher education. Student Motivation, 2, 14-23. Retrieved from

Ram, S. (2013). Instructional strategies-Journal entry #3. Retrieved from

Stokes, P. J. (n.d.). Hidden in plain sight: Adult learners forge a new tradition in higher education.

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Strengthening Non Profits. (n.d.). Delivering training: Adult learning principles. Retrieved from

Williams, F. I. (2012). Adult learners in the 21st century. Concepts. Retrieved from

Additional Resources

Web Sites:

Websites you will need to access for the course will be incorporated into the weekly course materials. Many valuable resources can be found on the internet. Please feel free to use sites you feel will add to your experience in this course. Make sure you make reference to any sites you use in your forums or weekly assignments by providing a citation. If you find that any links contained within the course are not working, please email the professor so it can be resolved.

Online Library

The Online Library is available to enrolled students and faculty from inside the electronic campus. This is your starting point for access to online books, subscription periodicals, and Web resources that are designed to support your classes and generally not available through search engines on the open Web. In addition, the Online Library provides access to special learning resources, which the University has contracted to assist with your studies. Questions can be directed to

  • Charles Town Library and Inter Library Loan: The University maintains a special library with a limited number of supporting volumes, collection of our professors’ publication, and services to search and borrow research books and articles from other libraries.
  • Electronic Books: You can use the online library to uncover and download over 50,000 titles, which have been scanned and made available in electronic format.
  • Electronic Journals: The University provides access to over 12,000 journals, which are available in electronic form and only through limited subscription services.
  • AMU and APU Civilian & Coast Guard students are eligible for 10 free hours of tutoring provided by APUS. connects you with a professional tutor online 24/7 to provide help with assignments, studying, test prep, resume writing, and more. is tutoring the way it was meant to be. You get expert tutoring whenever you need help, and you work one-to-one with your tutor in your online classroom on your specific problem until it is done.

Request a Library Guide for your course (

The AMU/APU Library Guides provide access to collections of trusted sites on the Open Web and licensed resources on the Deep Web. The following are specially tailored for academic research at APUS:

  • Program Portals contain topical and methodological resources to help launch general research in the degree program. To locate, search by department name, or navigate by school.
  • Course Lib-Guides narrow the focus to relevant resources for the corresponding course. To locate, search by class code (e.g., SOCI111), or class name.

    If a guide you need is not available yet, please email the APUS Library:

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.