SAMPLE ECD (Expanded Course Description)


MA in Global Leadership Cohort Online Class


This course is an overview of adult leadership development (ALD) focusing on design and evaluation of ALD processes that have proven effective in mission and ministry. Includes an in-depth look at “Dialogue Education” (Jane Vella) as a practical means of facilitating adult learning. This course gives you tools to evaluate or design ALD processes using several techniques to analyze an actual field case.


LEARNING OUTCOMES: At some point in your ministry you are likely to need to evaluate or design an ALD process. By the end of this course, you will have:

  • Examined several philosophical perspectives and definitions regarding leadership, adult leadership development, and evaluation.
  • Identified several formal, non-formal and informal models of adult leadership development that have been used successfully.
  • Analyzed variables affecting the learner, the adult leadership development process and desired outcomes using an eight aspect design model.
  • Investigated how adults learn best.
  • Completed a detailed analysis or design of a nonformal or informal adult leadership development process using a systems approach.


Conducted online, the ten weekly lessons align with Fuller's academic calendar. Each week students and the instructor will interact with each other about the material through threaded discussions which require students to sign in several times per week.

SAMPLE: Do not order books from this ECD. Check the link to the course in the appropriate quarter for your cohort via the Registrar's Course Schedule.

REQUIRED READING: Students must read all of the required texts. If you have previously read one of the required books, please select an alternative one from the recommended reading.

Boren, M. Scott. Missional Small Groups: Becoming a Community That Makes a Difference in the World. Baker Books, 2010. ISBN-13: 978-0801072307.

Knowles, Malcolm, et al. The Adult Learner: The Definitive Classic in Adult Education and Human Resource Development. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2011. ISBN-13: 978-1856178112.

Lingenfelter, Judith E. and Sherwood G.  Teaching Cross-Culturally:  An Incarnational Model for Learning and Teaching.  Grand Rapids:  Baker Academic, 2003. ISBN-13: 978-0801026201.

Northouse, Peter G. Leadership: Theory and Practice. SAGE Publications, Inc, 2012.  ISBN-13: 978-1452203409.

Reese, Randy, and Robert Loane. Deep Mentoring. Downers Grove:  IVP, 2012.  ISBN-13: 978-0830837892

Vella, Jane. On Teaching and Learning: Putting the Principles and Practices of Dialogue Education into Action. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2007. ISBN-13: 978-0787986995.

Zachary, Lois J. The Mentor’s Guide: Facilitating Effective Learning Relationships. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2011. ISBN-13: 978-04709907726.



Brookfield, Stephen D. Understanding and Facilitating Adult Learning. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1991.

Collins, Jim. Level 5 Leadership: The Triumph of Humility and Fierce Resolve. Cambridge: Harvard Business Review Online. 2009.

Comiskey, Joel.  Leadership Explosion:  Multiplying Cell Group Leaders for the Harvest.  Touch Outreach Ministries, 2000.

Conger, Jay A. Learning to Lead. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1992.

Conger, Jay A. Building Leaders: How Successful Companies Develop the Next Generation. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1999.

Daloz, Laurent A. Mentor: Guiding the Journey of Adult Learners. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1999.

Daloz Parks, Sharon.  Leadership Can Be Taught:  A Bold Approach for a Complex World.  Cambridge:  Harvard Business Review Press, 2005.

Freeman, R. E. Instructional Design: Capturing the Classroom for Distance Learning., click on lectures.

Habermas, Ronald & Klaus Issler. Teaching for Reconciliation. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1997.

Heifetz, Ronald A and Marty Linsky. Leadership on the Line. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 2002.

Kotter, J. P. A Force for Change: How Leadership Differs from Management. New York: Free Press, 1990.

McNeal, Reggie. Practicing Greatness: 7 Disciplines of Extraordinary Spiritual Leaders. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2006

Merriam, Sharan B., et al. Learning in Adulthood: A Comprehensive Guide. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2007.

Myers, Joseph.  The Search to Belong:  Rethinking Intimacy, Community and Small Groups.  Grand Rapids:  Zondervan, 2003.

Ogden, Greg.  Transforming Discipleship:  Making Disciples a Few at a Time. Downers Grove:  IVP, 2003.

Smith, Patricia L., and Tillman J. Ragan. Instructional Design. Columbus: Merrill/Prentice Hall, 2004.

Vella, Jane, Berardinelli, P. and Burrow, J. How Do They Know That They Know? Evaluating Adult Learning. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, 1997.

Vella, Jane, and associates, Dialogue Education at Work: A Case Book. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2003.

Vella, Jane. Taking Learning to Task: Creative Strategies for Teaching Adults. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2001.

Vella, Jane. Training through Dialogue. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1995.



  1. Weekly threaded discussions.
  2. Write seven two-page papers.
  3. Write one, three-page case study of a leadership development program.
  4. Write a major paper of 15 pages analyzing or designing an actual ALD process.

PREREQUISITES: This course sequence is only available to MA in Global Leadership students.


RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: Required MAGL Cohort Sequence Course.



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