ED512 Workforce Training

for S2P 2009

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ED 512 Workforce Training


S2P 2009 DLA


Gonzales-Walker, Roxanne M.


Associate Professor/Associate Dean


Ed.D. University of Massachusetts Boston
M.S.  Creighton University
B.S.  Cum Laude,  University of Maryland University College

Office Location


Office Hours

as needed

Daytime Phone




Semester Dates

Monday, March 16, 2009 - Sunday, May 10, 2009

Class Days


Class Time




Credit Hours



Title: The 2010 Meltdown: Solving the Impending Jobs Crisis

Author: Edward E. Gordon

Publisher: Praeger Publishers

ISBN: 0-275-98436-2


Title:  The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization (2006 edition)

Author: Peter M. Senge

Publisher: Currency/Doubleday

ISBN:  0-385-51725-4


 Title: APA Publication Manual 5th edition (please note the web site has manual corrections in a pdf download)

Author: American Psychological Association

Publisher: American Psychological Association


Plus any additional readings posted in DocSharing.


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Course Description:
ED 512 Workforce Training: This course explores the philosophy of workforce development as a means to meet current and future workforce preparedness of adults. This course will explore current issues and trends in workforce developments as it relates to adult education and training. Some topics include: learning organizations, adult basic education, executive education, workplace learning, career development, and technology as a learning delivery tool.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe current workforce trends;
  2. Locate career development resources;
  3. Define a learning organization;
  4. Apply workforce issues to adult education and training environments;
  5. Describe workforce trends from a global perspective.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. 6. Review current legislation as it applies to workforce training and education for adult learners and programs
  2. 7. Apply workforce issues to adult education and training environments
  3. Locate, evaluate, and apply career development resources
  4. 5. Explore the various providers of training and education programs to meet workforce needs
  5. Develop a professional development plan (PDP) as a personal guide for your career path
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Assignment Details

Discussion Participation

Graduate work is dialogic in nature and as such there are several opportunities to dialog with class members and the facilitator in this class. The purpose of the weekly discussions is to ensure an environment that fosters collaborative learning through a sharing of ideas, perspectives, and experiences that inform our interpretation of the course materials and content. Each week you are required to post an initial response to the posted Discussion Thread question by Wednesday with an additional two posts to other class members by the end of the week (Sunday 11:59pm MT). If additional questions are posted by the facilitator during the course of the discussion you are also encouraged to respond as these are also included and reviewed as part of the overall grade. Please review the grading rubric.


  1. Post initial response to the discussion topic by midnight Wednesday;
  2. Initial post must be two to three paragraphs and include at least two citations with proper APA citation, from that week’s readings (text or supplemental reading) to support comments;
  3. Respond to two, classmates initial postings by midnight on Sunday (each at least one paragraph of meaningful content).

Issue Paper

Select a current workforce education trend/issue that you want to explore in-depth (i.e. public policy, access, retention, workforce skills, globalization, technology, etc.) and write a paper (5-7 pages) addressing the trend/issue. Using the course model as a guide to your discussion, ensure you describe why your topic is a trend/issue, implications of the trend/issue to the individual, education, and global perspective, possible recommendations for correction, stakeholders, and current literature on the trend/issue to help support your discussion. Make sure you:

  • Explain why your topic is an issue;
  • Discuss the implications of the issue to workforce training and education;
  • Discuss the implications of the issue to the individual employee;
  • Suggest possible recommendations for change.


  1. Select an issue and clear through the instructor by the end of Week 1;
  2. Post your topic in Week 1's Topic discussion area;
  3. Write a discussion paper using the format provided in the Writing Center;
  4. Have at least five references (two must be from the course readings; you may use current magazines and newspapers for the remainder);
  5. Place your completed paper by Sunday midnight of Week 4.

Training Analysis

The final project for this class is for you to consider your own work environment and determine whether or not your organization meets current workforce training and education needs. You will conduct an on-site visit of your workplace (more than likely a training center) and interview key personnel, learners, and customers to determine your organization’s training ability. Your final product should demonstrate an understanding of training and the concepts discussed during the course and elements from the Course Model that demonstrate your workplace's ability to meet workforce needs. The interviews should include statements from those you interviewed to support your comments. In addition, you need to step back and suggest what changes need to take place for your workplace to become current in meeting workforce training and education needs. Finally, conclude with your own thoughts on the concept of workforce training in a global environment.


1.Arrange for your visit early in the term;

2.Visit your workplace training or education office (this will be the office you go to when you need skills upgrade training etc.);

a.If you do not have a workforce education office at your worksite, your task is then to determine who functions as training and use that as your site

b.Interview people (use the course model as your guide for question development)

3.Write a report, with your conclusions/recommendations, on your visit addressing the items above;

4.Place in the Dropbox by midnight Thursday of Week 8.


You will select a topic from one of the following workforce education providers: secondary, military, government, executive education, professional development, corporate university, on-the-job, workplace education, continuing higher education, for profit education & training, career/vocational, or lifelong learning. Your presentation is informational in nature and should use the Course Model as your guide. Keep in mind that that your presentation format is open and is limited only by your creatively; there is no set structure. Post your presentation and/or directions on how to access your presentation by midnight Wednesday of Week 6.


  1. Select a topic and send selection to instructor by the end of Week 1– first come first served;
  2. Work to develop your presentation;
  3. Post directions on how to access your presentation by midnight Wednesday in Week 6 in the Topic Presentations area;
  4. Respond to two other presentations by midnight Sunday of Week 6

Current Issue Discussion

Your instructor will post a current news article, web link, or other resource that realtes to the current issues facing employees in the U.S.  You are required to post an initial response to the posted Current Issue Discussion by Wednesday with an additional two posts to other class members by the end of the week (Sunday 11:59pm MT). If additional questions are posted by the facilitator during the course of the discussion you are also encouraged to respond as these are also included and reviewed as part of the overall grade. Please review the grading rubric.



  1. Post initial response to the discussion topic by midnight Wednesday;
  2. Initial post must be two to three paragraphs and include at least two citations with proper APA citation, from that week’s readings (text or supplemental reading) to support comments;
  3. Respond to two, classmates initial postings by midnight on Sunday (each at least one paragraph of meaningful content).


Overview of Course Assessments

    • Participation in Discussions - 10 points each (80 total)
    • Issue Paper – 100 points
    • Training Analysis (Core Assessment) – 150 points
    • Presentation – 100 points
    • Current Issue Discussion - 10 points (20 total)
    • Final Exam – 100 points


Refer to the Course Schedule in the Course Home menu for more detailed information on the learning assignments and assessments.

Grading Plan

Assignment Points Value
Discussion 80
Issue Paper 100
Training Analysis 150
Presentation 100
Current Issue Discussion 20
Final 100

Letter Grade Policy


Number of Points


























Below 59.9

Late Submission of Course Materials:

In fairness to those who accomplish the work on time, late assignments will NOT be accepted. If there is an emergency such as a death or sudden illness it is your responsibility to contact (or someone on your behalf) the instructor as soon as possible. Technical problems, vacation, travel for work, or other events are not considered emergencies. If you are close to a Park campus center, you may also contact them and have someone relay a message to the instructor.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Below is a week by week schedule for the course; please ensure that you review the assignment rubrics located in the DocSharing tool. Readings are in the DocSharing tool.



Activity & Assignments Due

Week 1:

Introduction to Workforce Education

Gordon: 1

Senge: Part I

Discussion: Wednesday first post

Paper Topic: Sunday

Presentation Topic: Sunday

Week 2:

Learning Organizations

Senge: Parts II & III

Gordon: 6

Discussion: Wednesday first post

Week 3:


Moving Beyond the GED (DocSharing)

Gordon: Introduction

Discussion & Current Issue Discussion: Wednesday first post

Week 4:

Career Development

Gordon: 4

Discussion: Wednesday first post

Issue Paper due Sunday midnight (Dropbox)

Week 5:

Legislative Issues

Training Policy

Gordon: 3, 5

Discussion: Wednesday first post

Week 6:

Workforce Training/Education Providers

Gordon: 2

Discussion: Wednesday first post

Presentation due Wednesday midnight

Week 7:

Training and Education

Senge: Parts IV & V and Appendix: 1, 2, & 3

Discussion: Wednesday first post

Discussion & Current Issue Discussion: Wednesday first post

Week 8:


Gordon: 7

Creative Solutions


Discussion: Wednesday first post

Training Analysis due Thursday midnight

Final Exam: Open book/note

Academic Honesty:
As a learning community, the University upholds the highest standards of academic integrity in all its academic activities, by faculty, staff, administrators and students. Academic integrity involves much more than respecting intellectual property rights. It lies at the heart of learning, creativity, and the core values of the University. Those who learn, teach, write, publish, present, or exhibit creative works are advised to familiarize themselves with the requirements of academic integrity and make every effort to avoid possible offenses against it, knowingly or unknowingly. Park University 2008-2009 Graduate Catalog Page 25
Student Code of Conduct polices at Park University will be upheld in this course.


Plagiarism involves the appropriation of another person's ideas, interpretation, words (even a few), data, statements, illustration or creative work and their presentation as one's own. An offense against plagiarism constitutes a serious academic misconduct.  Although offenses against academic integrity can manifest themselves in various ways, the most common forms of offenses are plagiarism and cheating. Plagiarism goes beyond the copying of an entire article. It may include, but is not limited to: copying a section of an article or a chapter from a book, reproduction of an art work, illustration, cartoon, photograph and the like and passing them off as one's own. Copying from the Internet is no less serious an offense than copying from a book or printed article, even when the material is not copyrighted.

Plagiarism also includes borrowing ideas and phrases from, or paraphrasing, someone else's work, published or unpublished, without acknowledging and documenting the source. Acknowledging and documenting the source of an idea or phrase, at the point where it is utilized, is necessary even when the idea or phrase is taken from a speech or conversation with another person.

Park University 2008-2009 Graduate Catalog Page 25

As this is a gradute course, it is assumed that students have a clear understanding of the term plagiarism.  It is also understood that the Park University policy on plagiarism will be enforced.  If you have questions, go to the Writing Center in this course for excellent web resources.

Attendance Policy:

Professors are required to maintain attendance records and report absences. Excused absences can be granted by the instructor, for medical reasons, school sponsored activities, and employment-related demands, including temporary duty. Students are responsible for any missed work. Absences for two successive weeks, without approved excuse, will be reported to the Director of the individual graduate program, or to the Executive Director for the Graduate School, for appropriate action. Students with such a record of absences, without an approved excuse, may be administratively withdrawn from the class and notified that an "F" will be recorded, unless the student initiates official withdrawal from the class(es).Park University 2008-2009 Graduate Catalog Page 29

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .


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Last Updated:2/27/2009 10:23:43 AM