Best practices: Two keys to educating adults
1 - As an educator, it’s all about practicing what you preach.
Whenever we create lessons, assignments or activities, putting ourselves in the learners’ shoes is one of the most powerful things we can do. If we want our students to thoughtfully read information presented to them, we must do the same in our own professional development. If we want students to engage, contribute, be open to learning new things and challenge existing viewpoints, we must also walk the talk.
2 - Attitude is everything.
- Problem/Solution – When it comes to training in a new Learning Management System, this means incorporating best practices, job aids, just in time video tutorials, open lab hours, and more. This approach works best for adult learners.
- Respect & Autonomy – Choosing an appropriate and relevant pathway of learning is key for adult learners. This can translate into self-paced courses, choice of training options, and more.
- Novice/Expert Distinction – It’s important to recognize expertise and differentiate content so as not to overload a newbie or bore a more experienced or accomplished learner.
Less is More – If we want people to read what we have to say, we need to say it concisely. This goes for training situations as well as the virtual classroom. Streamlining content and presenting it clearly are absolute musts.
What’s the bottom line? Change is the only constant in life, or in this case, teaching and learning. As ever-changing technologies provide new opportunities, the more educators welcome these changes today, the more successfully prepared their students will be for tomorrow.
Source: Moodlerooms www.moodlerooms.com