"The means is dialogue, the end is learning, the purpose is peace." ~ Founder Dr. Jane Vella

Dialogue Education: Refresh Your Design Skills, Step by Step

A Refresher in Learning Design


Too busy to travel? This course is virtual!

Do you want to improve and enrich your learning events, but are too busy to attend a long conference away from home or work? Are your Dialogue Education design skills a little rusty? This distance learning opportunity is perfect for refreshing your knowledge about applying Dialogue Education’s learning-centered methods in your teaching, training, or meeting facilitation.

As you know, Dialogue Education has the power to genuinely transform the way adults learn and integrate information and skills in their lives and their work. It can unify colleagues and help individuals build confidence in their value to their organization or community. But sometimes our DE skills get a little rusty and could use some refreshing.

Through this course, you’ll review the core methods of Dialogue Education and, as part of your coursework, you’ll apply those methods directly to design or improve an actual project of your own.

I’m blessed to be taking the Dialogue Education TeleClass, led by Darlene Goetzman, right now. Darlene is such a compassionate instructor and has the ability (which I SO admire) of being able to, in just a sentence, invitation, or suggestion, to help me and my TeleClass mates grow in our DE understanding and practice. I’m feeling DE refreshed. Two areas which this class has reinvigorated me are the importance of a more-comprehensive LNRA than I have been currently doing and how to design with resistance in mind. ~ Maryann Miernicki

See what else people are saying about the course facilitator, Darlene Goetzman.

Check out the book that will be used in the course - Dialogue Education Step by Step:  A Guide for Designing Exceptional Learning Events.

Who should participate?

  • If you have taken other DE courses, but want a refresher to reconnect with the principles and practices, while applying those methods to a real-life project.
  • If you’re already familiar with DE from having read Dr. Jane Vella’s books and want to take your professional development a step further through direct experience.
  • And if you’re new to Dialogue Education this course can be a great introduction (with practical benefits).

Benefits of Dialogue Education Step by Step

  • During the course, you’ll design an actual learning event of your own, while also gaining techniques you can use in the future.
  • You can work independently, with guidance, support and feedback as you learn.
  • Periodic conference calls provide a focused and collaborative opportunity to explore and share what you’ve learned, and build confidence to move to the next level.
  • You’ll be able to apply valuable DE methods to your work right away.

Benefits of using Dialogue Education in your learning events

The innovative, responsive and engaging methods of Dialogue Education will result in longer-lasting, more meaningful effects for your adult learners.

By using DE in your learning design you will:

  • Tap into and employ tested methods that recognize the way adults learn best
  • Provide an environment that is safe, challenging, and rewarding for your learners
  • Allow your learners to:
    • Practice new skills and behavior
    • Try out ideas for themselves
    • Actively question and reflect on the usefulness of the content as it applies to their lives and work
    • Build confidence to make decisions about their learning
    • Be accountable for their learning and also trust that the teacher or facilitator is accountable to them as well
    • Experience positive, long-term effects of their learning that will help them continue to grow and develop their attitudes and skills.

How is the course experienced?

In this five-week course, you and your group of peers (maximum of 10) will work in two ways:

  1. Independently from your home or office:  you’ll be guided through a set of scaffolded steps that will help you learn and integrate the methods of Dialogue Education; and
  2. Supported by six scheduled conference calls (plus an optional bonus session). These group calls are no longer than 90 minutes (typically 75 minutes), and consist of:
  • Connecting the learning to real-life applications
  • Adding another layer
  • An application task
  • Questions & next steps

Each week, on your own, you will complete one or more of the Eight Steps of Design in order to prepare for the learning tasks in the upcoming session. (The sequence and timing will be outlined in your welcome packet.) This will allow you to absorb the material and try it out, followed by an opportunity to ask questions and explore the content in more depth during the group sessions.

The conference call sessions will consist of group work in pairs, small and large groups. This is a valuable opportunity to seal what you’ve learned by interacting with others. By sharing contact information, you’ll also be able to communicate with your peers between sessions to actively exchange ideas.

What will you learn?

This course focuses on Dialogue Education’s Eight Steps of Design:

  • Who? (participants)
  • Why? (the learning situation)
  • When? (the time frame)
  • Where? (the venue)
  • So that…? (transfer objectives)
  • What? (the content)
  • What for? (Achievement-Based Objectives)
  • How? (the Learning Tasks)

Your coursework will include planning and implementing a Learning Needs and Resource Assessment (LNRA), as well as using the 4-A Model (Anchor, Add, Apply, and Away) for developing and structuring effective learning tasks.

By the completion of your six sessions, you will have:

  • Questioned and applied the Eight Steps of Design
  • Planned and executed an LNRA
  • Analyzed the results of the LNRA to discern implications for your teaching and the learners’ experience
  • Amplified and/or eliminated content using a four-part process
  • Distinguished and created Achievement-Based Learning Objectives
  • Created and revised a learning task using the 4-A Model

How is this course different from the face-to-face course Learning to Listen, Learning to Teach?

  • Dialogue Education Step by Step is intended as an introduction or refresher course. While the principles of DE inform the coursework, the focus is on practical application of Dialogue Education. Unlike the face-to-face course, no time is spent on the underlying theories.
  • The teleclass is highly self-directed: you will do the majority of the work on your own. Group sessions are used to explore the DE process, answer questions, and offer feedback to others. (In the face-to-face class, most work is done with others in dialogue, and through pairs or group work. Furthermore, there are many more active learning tasks, visuals, and hands-on kinesthetic learning experiences, supported by modeling from the DE facilitator.)
  • In Dialogue Education Step by Step the emphasis is on creating a design using the practices and tools. No time is spent on facilitation.

Regardless of the differences, Dialogue Education Step by Step provides a convenient and meaningful learning experience to not only acquaint you with DE principles, but to allow you to put them into practice immediately.

Course Schedule

*Dates TBD – ask us about bringing this workshop to your organization.