2023-2024 / PEDA0058-2

Learning processes and development of adults in training


30h Th

Number of credits

 Master in education (120 ECTS)4 crédits 
 Master in psychology (120 ECTS)4 crédits 


Daniel Faulx

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

By taking advantage of the concerted contribution of various trends and approaches (cognitive psychology, social psychology, systemic approaches, constructivism, gestalt, language anthropology...), this course teaches students how to interpret and understand the diversity within adult learning processes and to envision how to take this diversity into account when developing training strategies and philosophies.
Beside the learning process of individuals, that of organizational systems is also covered.
The concept of learning process is also considered from the point of view of the transformation of individuals and systems.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The goal of the course is to teach students to identify, understand, analyze and utilize the various learning styles of individuals and systems.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Not applicable

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The provisional programme of sessions (subject to change depending on current events and student progress) includes a number of themes.

+ Practical applications of media observation (novels, videos, etc.) and a 'mock' examination session to familiarise students with the assessment method.

In addition to the course, 6 projects will be presented by students taking part in an international training course on the human dimensions of sustainable development projects. These participants come from a country in the southern hemisphere and have in common that they run projects that aim to improve the environment, which implies in particular that they lead actions of change and learning, two key themes of the course.

Throughout the course, the six projects will be presented, and students will be invited to comment on them in relation to the course. Video clips presented by the students themselves will also be available.

NB: these projects are different from those presented during the practical questions on conducting a training course.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

The course is given in the first term, on Wednesday mornings from 10am to 12pm (timetable to be confirmed during the first course session).

The premises are not equipped for podcasts. However, the course sessions could be recorded (teacher's computer in charge) and made available in the days following the face-to-face course dates. Attendance is strongly recommended in order to take part in the discussions and interactions with the group.

Recommended or required readings

Pedagogical support:

  • class notes put together by the lecturer
  • reading material and references
  • workshop
  • exchanges, feedback and cooperative work

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions )

Additional information:


I. Collective assessment during the year

Over the course of the year, the students, in groups, will select an extract from a film (or series), fiction or documentary, or an extract from a fiction or documentary book, etc., to be used as the basis for their assessment.

Each group must then produce a montage (video with sound or announcing) in which the chosen extract is analysed in the light of one or more theories and approaches to learning and human development developed during the course. The video should be uploaded to the "discussion forum" tab and titled as follows for greater clarity: GroupeXX-CourantADAF-Film.

Each student will then be asked to give feedback to a group that will be designated during the year.

This first part counts for 50% of the final mark.

II. Individual written assessment

In the written exam, students are asked to answer a question relating to one of the development projects and to apply the trends seen in the course to it. In practical terms, the aim is to see how this current informs the analysis and helps to formulate proposals for the project.

This second part accounts for 50% of the final mark.


Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

Not applicable



Daniel Faulx daniel.faulx@uliege.be 

Marine Winand marine.winand@uliege.be

Adresse :
Université de Liège
Unité d'Apprentissage et de Formation Continue des Adultes
Boulevard du Rectorat, 5/B33
4000 Liege

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