Fall 2020 Online Classes

EDACE 765 Integrating Technology into Curriculum
KSIS Class #: TBA (3 credit hours)
Instructor:  Dr. Haijun Kang
Dates: 8/17/2020-10/09/2020

This course includes an in-depth study of methods for integrating innovative technologies into the curriculum for adult learners. With an in depth understanding of adult learners, students will analyze learning theories and appropriate technologies for relevance, effectiveness, and alignment with course curriculum. 

EDACE 780 Introduction to Adult Learning and Leadership
KSIS Class #: TBA (3 credit hours)
Instructor: Dr. Jeff Zacharakis
Dates: 8/17/2020-10/09/2020

This is a foundation course that acquaints the student with the diverse and evolving field of adult learning and leadership. It provides a systematic base for further studies in adult learning.   The broad purpose of this course is to have students explore the scope and significance of the field and its contributions to present-day learning in society. The student should leave this course with the beginning perspective of how adult learning emerged, how it is presently changing, and how it interrelates with other fields and disciplines.

EDACE 818 Critical and Social Issues in Adult Learning
KSIS #:  TBA (3 credit hours)
Instructor:  Dr. Susan Yelich-Biniecki
Dates: 8/17/2020-10/09/2020

Designed for adult learning and students and college or university personnel in sociology and related fields dealing with adults, this course focuses on the economic historical and sociocultural context in which learning takes place. Included is an in-depth examination of the relationship between adult learning and culture.

EDACE 822 International Adult Education and Literacy
KSIS #:  TBA (3 credit hours)
IInstructor:  Dr. Jeff Zacharakis
Dates: 10/12/2020-12/04/2020
This course will provide an introduction to the foundations of global, political, social-economic and educational issues facing international adult education and literacy students. Participants will examine the values, customs, mores, and communication styles of students from diverse cultures who speak English as a second language. The goal of this course is to broaden student perspectives on adult education and literacy instructional practices, and lifelong learning.

EDACE 830 Program Planning
KSIS #:  TBA (3 credit hours)
Instructor:  Dr. Haijun Kang
Dates: 10/12/2020-12/04/2020
This course includes an analysis of major approaches of program planning and development and discussion of assumptions related to successful program planning in several types of organizations. It outlines the importance of program planning and elements of a systematic planning process.

EDACE 839 Experiential Learning and Leadership
KSIS #: TBA   (3 credit hours)
Instructor: Dr. Bill McCollum
Online: 10/12/2020-12/04/2020
This course will be experientially based. Students will apply the theories and principles learned throughout the leadership dynamics program to a professional problem/setting. Students will present their experiences to a panel of academic and professional practitioners. (Pre-requisites EDACE 832, 835) Required for Leadership Dynamics Graduate Certificate.

Doctoral Courses

EDACE 880 Significant Literature
KSIS #:  TBA (3 credit hours)
Instructor:  Dr. S. Jane Fisback
Dates: 10/12/2020-12/04/2020
In this course, participants will interpret and critique significant literature of adult education from current and historical perspectives.  Particular attention will be given to analyzing major philosophical frameworks within adult education.  Based on individual or research interests, each participant will construct an adult education proposal or paper for a conference or journal. 

* required courses for the Master’s degree
+ elective courses for Leadership Dynamics Graduate Certificate
++ required course for Adult Learning Graduate Certificate

Summer 2020 Enrollment opens March 23, 2020

EDACE 816, Foundations of Social Justice

KSIS Class #:  TBA (3 credit hours)

Instructor:  Dr. Susan Yelich Biniecki

Online, May 4th thru June 19th

This course introduces the concept of social justice education (SJE) and focuses on the various theoretical lenses from which SJE can be viewed. The course introduces the principles of social justice education that promote equitable, sustainable, and transformative change in various formal and non-formal educational settings across the lifespan. The course integrates theoretical and practical aspects of social justice in local, national and international settings such as K-12 formal education, higher education, adult education, community development, and family education, agricultural education, and many more.

EDACE 845, Social Media in the 21st Century

KSIS Class #:  TBA (3 credit hours)

Instructor:  Dr. Haijun Kang

Online, May 4th thru June 19th

This course exposes students to the most popular social media and helps them understand the promise and challenge that social media has brought to 21st century working adults. Example topics include but not limited to Social Media and adult learning, Social Media in the workforce, new technology literacy in 21st century, etc. Students will have opportunity to experience the use of some of the social media covered in the class and will also be given guidance on how to conduct research on current social media. 

EDACE 785, Designing Classroom Instruction and Curriculum

KSIS Class #:  TBA (3 credit hours)

Instructor:  Dr. Royce Ann Collins

Online, May 4th thru June 19th

This course focuses on the systematic approach to designing curriculum for adult learners. Components discussed include: a) identifying and writing instructional goals and objectives; b) identifying skills and knowledge to be included in instruction; c) analyzing learners and the context of the instruction; d) writing learning objectives and outcomes; e) designing instructional strategies; f) developing instructional materials including any adding blended learning techniques; g) designing and conducting formative evaluation of instruction, creating rubrics and assessments for learning outcomes; and h) designing and conducting summative evaluations. Transfer of learning and assessment concepts are the major focus of this course.

EDACE 820, Principles of Teaching Adults

KSIS Class #:  TBA  (3 credit hours)

Instructor: Dr. Susan Yelich Biniecki

Online, June 22nd thru August 7th

This course reviews the basics of teaching adults. Participants explore a variety of methods and techniques for teaching adults and examine the strengths, weaknesses, and appropriate applications of these methods and techniques to different adult education environments. Although theory is presented, the emphasis is on learning and sharing approaches to use in practice.

EDACE 886,  Digital Leadership Development

KSIS Class #:  TBA  (3 credit hours)

Instructor:  Dr. Haijun Kang

Online, June 22nd thru August 7th

This course provides an essential introduction into digital leadership development. It helps students acquire the skills and competencies required of educational leaders and administrators to make well-grounded decisions in providing leadership on planning and designing digital learning environments and experiences. This course will also discuss social, ethical, and human issues related to digital leadership development

EDACE 790,  Characteristics of the Adult Learner

KSIS Class #:  TBA  (3 credit hours)

Instructor:  Dr. S. Jane Fishback, 

Zoom, May 13th thru June 14th, 5:30 to 9:30pm

Zoom is available for Distance students to the Olathe site courses:

The purpose of this course is to help the student gain increased knowledge about the characteristics of adults and how these impact learning. Students will be asked to develop a critical understanding of relevant theories, concepts, and research. Lastly, they will develop a better understanding of themselves as an adult learner.

EDACE 886, Teaching and Leading Multi-generations of Adults 

KSIS Class #:  TBA (3 credit hours)

Instructor:  Dr. Royce Ann Collins

Zoom,  July 20, 23rd, 27th, 30th, August 3rd & 6th, 5:30 to 9:30pm

This course will examine the traits of generations as defined as age cohort that shares unique formative years. The context of teaching and leading multigenerations will be addressed. Students will learn how to apply concepts to foster communication and collaboration of all generations present.

EDACE 986,  Adult Education Profession

KSIS Class #:  TBA (3 credit hours)

Instructor:  Dr. Jeffrey Zacharakis

Online, May 11th thru June 26th

Residency, Olathe Campus, May 26th thru 29th

This course is limited to doctoral students. For doctoral students fulfilling their practicum requirements, the following Residency Course is being offered.  Doctoral students  must attend the residency portion ( May 26th thru May 29th) onsite, 9am to 4:30pm, at the Olathe Campus.  

This course is designed to assist doctoral students understand the importance in participating in professional organizations, attending professional conferences, and developing and submitting successful conference research proposals. Each student will write and submit a paper proposal for a national conference, and write the first draft of their paper for conference proceedings or archives.

Spring, 2020 Online Classes

EDACE 817 Reflective Practices in Social Justice Education

KSIS #: 17447, (3 Credit Hours)

Online, January 21st thru May 1st

Instructor: Dr. Susan Yelich-Biniecki

This course focuses on the application of principles of social justice education in informal and formal educational settings.  Student-conceptualized and implemented theory-to-practice social justice education projects serve as the capstone or culmination of the graduate certificate, with projects presenting powerful opportunities for students to foster social change and positively impact the communities in which they work.

EDACE 835 Developing Teams and Leaders

KSIS Class #: 17121, (3 credit hours)

Instructor: Dr. Jeff Zacharakis

Online,  January 13th thru March 6th

Adult education theory and adult learning principles are emerging effective organizational tools to use when developing teams and leaders.  This course will examine how teams and leaders can be developed using adult education theory and adult learning principles.  Through this course, students will be able to analyze when it is appropriate to use these tools, their strengths, weaknesses and limitations.  

EDACE 847  Adult Learning and Motivation

KSIS Class #: 17120     (3 credit hours)

Instructor: Dr. Judy Favor

Online,  March 9th thru May 1st

This course is an overview of significant learning and motivational theories and the educational implications for adult educators.  Students will develop an awareness of what learning is and how it occurs, examine current and developing concepts on learning and motivation, and explore how adult learning is influenced by factors such as gender, race and socioeconomic class. 

EDACE 714 International Education

KSIS Class #: 17123     (3 credit hours)

Instructor: Dr. Haijun Kang

Online,  March 9th thru May 1st

This course provides a contemporary overview of the field of comparative and international education. Different theoretical approaches will be introduced and students will utilize these approaches to understand current topics and issues related to international educational development. This course will also introduce students to institutions actively involved with educational development in diverse global settings.

EDACE 886 Women as Leaders

K-State Olathe course – distance students may attend via Zoom

KSIS Class #16167 (3 credits)

Instructor: Dr. Sarah Fishback 

Tuesdays, 5:30-9:30 p.m., 3/17/2020-5/5/2020.  

Students will identify the unique leadership challenges and opportunities facing women in organizational settings. In addition, students will explore when and how gender plays a role in organizational and personal advancement focusing on ways that women have networked, and strategized to build and negotiate what they need to be effective leaders. Students will examine characteristics of successful leaders and what unique perspectives women leaders bring to the organization. Students will examine and discuss how women and men leaders’ behavior are perceived differently in organizations by seniors, peers and subordinates.

EDACE 937 Organization and Administration

Doctoral Students Only

KSIS Class # 17259, (3 credits)

Instructor: Dr. Jeffrey Zacharakis

Dates: 3/11/2020-5/06/2020 (online)

Wednesdays, 5:30-9:30 p.m., Hybrid (Class sessions at K-State Olathe) – meets 3/11, 3/25, 4/15, 5/6 (Zoom for distance students available)

Included in this course will be a critical study of organizational procedures and administrative practices as related to the implementation and maintenance of an effective program in adult education.