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

Introduction to Dialogue Education

Learn the basics of how to design & facilitate great learning events from your prefered work space.

Do you want to improve and enrich your learning events, but are too busy or far away to attend a long traning workshop away from home or work?

Have you been hearing about this thing called Dialogue Education and want to check it out?

Not quite ready to commit to a four-day workshop?

This distance learning opportunity is the perfect introduction to Dialogue Education’s learning-centered method - apply it in your teaching, training, or meeting facilitation.

 Dialogue Education has the power to 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.

Throughout this course, you’ll study and experience 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.

Check out the book that will be used in the course - Dialogue Education Step by Step:  A Guide for Designing Exceptional Learning Events. (This ebook is the text for this course:  a copy is included in your tuition.)

Who should participate?

  • You're a trainer, facilitator, or teacher who wants to ensure that your participants learn in a way that lasts.
  • You've read or heard about Dialogue Education and want to see what it's all about.
  • You're excited to learn new principles and put them immediately into practice so your learning events become exceptional.
  • You're not quite ready to commit to the four-day Foundations of Dialogue Education.

Benefits of Introduction to Dialogue Education

  • During the teleseminar, 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.
  • You’ll be able to apply valuable DE methods to your work immediately.

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 knowledge, attitudes and skills.

How is the course experienced?

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

  • 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
  • Supported by six scheduled teleseminar calls. These group calls are no longer than 90 minutes and consist of:
    • Connecting the learning to real-life applications
    • Adding another layer to your learning
    • Experiencing an application task
    • Posing 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 teleseminar 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 Foundations of Dialogue Education (formerly Learning to Listen, Learning to Teach)?

  • Introduction to Dialogue Education 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, underlying theories are breifly introduced;  however, the concepts are modeled throughout.
  • The teleseminar 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 the face-to-face class participants co-teach a session.
  • In Introduction to Dialogue Education the emphasis is on creating a design using the practices and tools. Facilitation is breifly referenced throughout.

Introduction to Dialogue Education provides a convenient and meaningful learning experience to not only acquaint you with DE principles, but to allow you to  experience them and put them into practice immediately.

Prerequisite: None

Course Schedule

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