Instructing groups of diverse adult learners is a special field –– different in significant ways from instruction in an institutional academic setting. The adult learner brings to the learning situation many strengths, as well as needs, that the instructor must understand and take into account.
A crucial consideration for the instructor is his or her own role, which is vastly different from that of the traditional “teacher”. This course provides the guidance for the instructor to adapt to the new role.
This course consists of 26 carefully focused video lectures.
Topics include, but are not limited to:
This lecture presents the two main objectives of Section 1.
This lecture looks at what comprises a multilevel classroom.
This lecture looks at a variety of ways that learners can differ.
Check your understanding of concepts from Lectures 3 and 4.
This lecture presents the three main objectives of Section 2.
This lecture looks at six principles that are key to successful adult education.
This lecture examines a wide range of characteristics of adult learners that will influence educational experience.
This lecture examines a wide range of needs of adult learners that will influence educational experience.
Check your understanding of concepts from Lectures 6, 7, and 8.
This lecture presents the three main objectives of Section 3.
This lecture introduces the concept of “collaborative learning.”
This lecture relates collaborative learning to the principles of adult education and to the characteristics and needs of adult learners.
Check your understanding of concepts from Lectures 10 and 11.
This lecture presents the six main objectives of Section 4
This lecture presents the competencies, characteristics, and facilitative behaviours of the successful adult education instructor.
This lecture looks at the special role of the adult learner in a collaborative learning environment.
This lecture makes a case for collaborative goal setting in the adult learning environment.
This lecture suggests some methods of effective team building in the collaborative learning situation.
This lecture presents characteristics of empathic listening and a model for implementing the technique.
This lecture explains and promotes the idea that effective feedback in the adult learning situation can be approached as a conversation.
Check your understanding of concepts from Lectures 14 to 19.
This lecture presents the two main objectives of Section 5.
This lecture explains and promotes the use of problem-based learning in the adult learning situation.
This lecture presents several types of collaborative learning tasks, along wit specific examples.
Check your understanding of concepts from Lectures 21 and 22.
This lecture presents the three main objectives of Section 6.
This lecture provides an introduction to the important differences between summative and formative assessment.
This lecture makes the case that formative assessment can be a constructive process for use with adult learners.
This lecture makes the point that a very important link exists between the formative assessment process used in the learning situation and the life of the adult at home and in the community.
Check your understanding of concepts from Lectures 24, 25, and 26.
I'm an educator with wide experience. I've taught public school (all grades from four to twelve) and was vice principal and principal of various public schools. I was principal of a private school. I was a volunteer international development worker with the World University Service of Canada and I've taught at universities in three countries.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts in English & Philosophy, a Bachelor of Education, a Master of Arts (Ed.) in Curriculum Development, and a Doctor of Education in Reading Education.
I developed and taught a study skills course at an international university in Japan, where I was a tenured professor. I've now written five books on study skills and produced YouTube videos on study skills.
I've had my poetry published widely in literary magazines and anthologies and have published five books of poetry, as well as a novel.
I'm excited at the prospect of sharing my knowledge with learners everywhere!