The 2016 Colorado Adult Learning Symposium (CALS) is a one-day conference promoting the importance of the adult learner in business, higher education, and the community. The symposium draws approximately 250 participants, expert speakers, and practitioners specializing in adult education. Through a series of breakout and roundtable sessions, opportunities for networking and discussion are designed to increase the understanding of adult education in Colorado.
The 2016 symposium will be held on Friday, October 21, 2016 at Tivoli Turnhalle – Auraria Campus, 900 Auraria Parkway, Denver, CO 80204.
The theme of the 2016 symposium is Mining the Value in Adult Education. It will focus on innovative ways to deliver education for adult learners, valuing education and industry partnerships, and meeting learners where they are.
Innovations in Delivering Education for Adult Learners – Engaging adult learners in the educational process presents tremendous opportunities, as well as challenges, in the way we deliver education. Adults often bring extensive experience, unique issues, different expectations, or life-work-education-balancing challenges to the classroom (virtual and on-campus). How do we best address, accommodate, and really value adults in the learning process?
Valuing Education and Industry Partnerships – Strong connections between education and training providers, workforce systems, and employers provide adult students with relevancy, direct career opportunities, clear pathways for education and career, resources and support systems, among others. How can we foster such connections in our communities?
Meeting Adult Learners Where They Are – Today’s classroom often includes a diverse mix of learners, and may include students who are career transitioners, traditional age, veterans, over 50, foreign, and those with 15+ years of work experience. How do we value and address this diversity by meeting learners where they are? How do we balance and address the wide variety of the level and types of experiences students bring to the classroom?