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Full-day Workshop - Using Brain-Aware Approaches for Optimal Learning

  • May 17, 2017
  • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • DePaul O'Hare Campus: 8770 W Bryn Mawr Ave, Chicago, IL 60631
  • 30


  • Discount to May 16 Dinner Registrants.

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Full-day Workshop - Using Brain-Aware Approaches for Optimal Learning

In this day-long interactive workshop, stories and analogies will illuminate how the adult brain learns without getting mired in unnecessary details of brain architecture. By understanding why and under what conditions the brain shies away from learning and resists new behaviors, you will discover new approaches for learning and growth. You will also explore ways to stimulate adults’ brains to be curious, to seek new learning and new ways of doing things. This workshop emphasizes brain-aware approaches that incorporate research on the embodied, analogical brain. Through a variety of activities, you will share and build on your current best practices, and you will explore new and expanded approaches to add to your repertoires for fostering optimal learning.

Key Takeaways:

  • Instructional techniques associated with brain-based learning such as:
- Using embodied and analogical approaches to engage the whole person in learning;

- Reducing anxiety and increasing curiosity to create a challenging learning environment;

- Creating activities that help learning "stick".

  • Designing content that relates to what people already know and what they need to learn.
  • Designing the link of learning that helps participants monitor and enhance their own learning process.
Immediate application: 
  • Improve current learning content using knowledge of "brain-aware" approaches;
  • Sharpen team learning experiences by offering learning strategies to each team member;
  • Create connection between classroom learning and on-the-job application;
  • Cater content to immediate needs of learners.

Workshop leaders’ latest book Facilitating Learning with the Adult Brain in Mind: A Conceptual and Practical Guide (Jossey-Bass, 2016) will be distributed during the workshop at no additional cost.

ATD Competency Model: Designing Learning & Delivering Training

This workshop is a collaboration between DePaul University’s School for New Learning (SNL), Master of Arts in Educating Adults (MAEA) and Association for Talent Development, Chicagoland Chapter (ATDChi).


  • Chief Learning Officers
  • Instructional Designers
  • Managers of Learning and Development
  • Leads of Organizational Development
  • Heads of Human Resource Development
  • Executives of Talent Development
  • Delivery Consultants


  • 8:30 AM: Registration and Networking. Continental Breakfast
  • 9:00 AM: Workshop
  • 12:00 PM: Lunch (Box lunches provided)
  • 1:00 PM:  Workshop


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After May 1st
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About Our Presenter(s)

Catherine Marienau is a professor-faculty mentor and coordinator of the Master of Arts in Educating Adults program in the School for New Learning at DePaul University. She teaches, writes, and consults in the areas of adult learning and development, competency-based learning, assessing learning, reflective practice, and "brain-aware" facilitation of adult learning.

Kathleen Taylor is a professor in the Doctorate of Educational Leadership program in the Kalmanovitz School of Education at Saint Mary's College of California. A former Fulbright Scholar, she teaches, writes, and consults internationally in the areas of adult development and learning, learning and transformation, creativity, and "brain-aware" facilitation of adult learning.

Cancellation Policy: All event registration fee refund requests must be submitted in writing to prior to any event. Requests must be submitted at least three (3) business days prior to the event to receive a full refund. No refund will be issued for cancellations received within three (3) business days or for event attendee no-show.


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