Media

I chose these slides, as the content was easy to follow and I learned some new words and definitions that I didn’t know. It also has some good links to other websites, to help further my knowledge

If I’m going to create a Blended Learning environment, or continue to engage and motivate students, I have to be knowledgeable in using media resources.

I’m a visual learner so I know the benefits of using media resources to enhance my learning. I will continue to work on staying current in the trends of technology.

http://www.slideshare.net/Nelightful/technology-integration-in-the-adult-education-classroom

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Instructional Process/Strategies

I found a participant’s handbook that had been uploaded onto a website.  The Instructional Skills Workshop Handbook, I feel is a very useful tool.

I really like the resource, the lay out was easy to follow, there were questions to answer that helps you focus. It has step by step strategies to follow when planning lessons so the flow in the instruction is maintained.

I can see myself using the sample lesson planning sheets, the focus questions and referring to it as I continue my studies in PIDP.  I will have solid lesson plans if I follow this format.

http://iswnetwork.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/ISW-Manual-2006PW.pdf

Motivational Techniques

I have always been interested in learning about engagement and motivation, specifically my role in motivating and creating self motivation in adults.  This website has some good strategies that I can implement immediately when planning a lesson.

You will notice the examples on the website take into consideration the characteristics of an adult learner.  This will help me be successful whether I’m teaching an online course or in a face to face classroom.

http://theelearningcoach.com/elearning_design/isd/30-ways-to-motivate-adult-learners/

Characteristics of Adult Learners

This article has some good basic information on things to consider when designing lesson plans.  It provides information on learning styles and teaching styles of students and instructors.

The article is specific to teaching the adult learner, and has a number of links that you can use for more information on specific topics.

I found the article a good starting point for planning a teaching experience with adults. It helped me assess my teaching style and identify my adult learning characteristics.

http://learndat.tech.msu.edu/teach/teaching_styles

For more information on Andragogy by Malcolm Knowles follow this link, http://www.instructionaldesign.org/theories/andragogy.html

Bloom’s Taxonomy

If you are a visual learner like me and do not have a clear understanding about traditional learning theories, specifically Cognitivism or information-processing, then this website is for you.

Bloom’s Taxonomy explains how we use our brain and our senses to process information.  This theory is typically used in the classroom for curriculum planning and developing learning objectives.

I can see myself using this resource to assess, identify and plan accordingly to when a student is ready for a new task or assignment.

http://www.learningandteaching.info/learning/bloomtax.htm

New Insights

The variety of roles that an adult educator takes on, is just not the traditional lecturer at the front of the classroom, but so many other combinations of teaching methods.  As I was researching for my trends and roles assignment, I was able to find more information on the key theories of adult education and the characteristics of an adult learner.  If I am going to be an effective adult educator, I  will need to use a combination of principles and practices that will appeal to the students of today and the future.

I was surprised to find out that Blended Learning in the post secondary classroom is a newer trend, I thought that it had been around longer than the 1990’s.  I just learned that the concept has been around longer, but the actual terminology has just recently been established.

As I was researching the Flipped Classroom I was finding out that there will be challenges as an adult educator setting up this type of environment.  Also this is one approach in a wider framework of instructional methods.

  • I will need to engage and motivate students when in the classroom, as well as when we are not face to face.
  • My research and technological abilities must continue to improve in order to provide relevant and current information.
  • I will need to collaborate and provide students with the tools to assess their learning.

As I continue this journey into adult instruction, I will continue to use Reflective Practice skills.

 

 

Trends

I work in the Early Childhood Education field which has some similarities to that, of the Adult Learning field. As I was reading the assigned textbook Adult Learning Linking Theory and Practice, Merriam, S.B., & Bierema, L. L. (2014) , it helped me distinguish and understand some of the differences of an adult learner and a child learner.  I had a moment of clarification when was able to understand my own learning style and what type of instruction style I tend to lean towards.

The readings and research that I did for this course help me understand what is needed in order to be a great instructor.  Even though, I was challenged to move out of my comfort zones throughout the course, I have a better understanding and feel more confident with researching, finding resources and using technology to help enhance a student’s learning.

I have been teaching children for close to 30 years and I have seen many trends in the preschool classroom, most recently the use of technology.  Some preschools have purchased iPads to be used in the classroom, this use of Blended Learning helps support the child’s learning and understanding of concepts. For example, if a child has a question or an interest in a topic they can look it up on the iPad with a teacher, it could include videos and/or current pictures of the actual interest.  I would like to see this Blended Learning approach in all Centers where children are learning and being taught. Currently in British Columbia some companies and organizations are willing to fund innovation projects, so having access to iPads in all preschool classrooms might not be too far off in the future.

Web-Conference

A part of my assignment was to web-conference with my learning partner Christopher.  I found this very helpful with keeping me on track of what the expectations were for the assignments.  We Skype a number of times throughout the months, sent emails to help us stay motivated, and our shared understanding of the expectations for the assignments. We had so many ideas on what to research for our topic on the emerging trends and roles, that for a couple of weeks we went back and forth on what topic we should research. Finally after a month or so we narrowed the topic to Blended Learning Classrooms.

Throughout the process of online learning, I found it hard to schedule time to work on the assignments that didn’t have firm due dates.  I was thankful when I knew that we were scheduled to Skype and that I was accountable for sharing my research.

Overall, Christopher and I had similar views on instruction in the adult classroom, and the importance to have a variety mediums and not to rely only on one method of teaching and expect all students to learn in the same way. Christopher shared one of his websites from the Khan Academy and I learned that they have a number of tools and resources to help an instructor get started in creating a Blended Learning Classroom.  I can’t wait to spend more time looking at this website.