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DePaul University presents 2-day institute: ‘Learning Agility and the Brain’

​CHICAGO — Results of an executive survey​ released this month by the Futurestep division of the global management consulting firm Korn Ferry found that 43 percent of respondents ranked learning agility as the top attribute they seek in recent college grads. Other studies rank learning agility as the greatest predictor of long term career success, noted Pamela Meyer, director of the Center to Advance Education for Adults at DePaul University’s School for New Learning.

Founded to share imaginative strategies for better learning, the center is hosting a two-day institute May 16-17 at DePaul’s Loop Campus. The institute is structured to provide strategies for learning and development professionals in all settings who are seeking to help their learners become more learning agile.

Drawing on innovative facilitation practices and brain-aware strategies, institute participants will learn to help adult learners become more effective in the changing world. The institute will be facilitated by Meyer and Catherine Marienau, professor and coordinator of the Master of Arts program in educating adults at DePaul.

Attendees will learn techniques to enhance learning in formal classroom and training settings, as well as informal work settings. The institute aims to teach and apply brain-aware learning and facilitation strategies and ways for individuals to connect learning agility, the ability to learn and adapt in changing contexts, to personal and organizational success.

Catherine Marienau and Pamela Meyer
Catherine Marienau, left, and Pamela Meyer, faculty members in the School for New Learning at DePaul University, will facilitate an institute May 16-17 on learning agility and the brain.
Meyer and Marienau will use a variety of learning and facilitation techniques, including large and small group discussions, participatory lectures, learning agility demonstrations, graphic facilitation and experiential learning activities.

Meyer specializes in organizational agility and innovation. Outside of the classroom, she is the president of Meyer Creativity Associates, where she works with organizations to find ways to increase innovation and agility. She is the author of several books on innovation, learning and change, including, “The Agility Shift: Creating Agile and Effective Leaders, Teams and Organizations” (2015).

Marienau teaches, writes and consults in the areas of adult learning and development, experiential learning, outcomes-based curriculum and assessment, self-assessment and women’s development. She has co-authored several books and articles on adult learning, including her newest with Kathleen Taylor, “Facilitating Learning with the Adult Brain in Mind: A Conceptual and Practical Guide.”

The two-day institute includes a materials packet, access to online resources for a continuing dialogue, a copy of “Facilitating Learning with the Adult Brain in Mind” and “The Agility Shift: Creating Agile and Effective Leaders, Teams and Organizations.”

The institute was designed for higher education faculty, academic advisers, student services providers, workplace learning and talent development professionals, graduate students, HR professionals, and students in DePaul’s School for New Learning.

The institute will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. On May 16, the program will be held at 55 E. Jackson Blvd., Room 801. On May 17, it shifts location to 14 E. Jackson Blvd., Room 1451. The registration fee is $595. To register or for additional information, visit


Pamela Meyer

Catherine Marienau

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