If you teach learners over the age of 17 or 18, then you basically have adult learners on your hands. The tools and techniques used for teaching adult learners is referred to as andragogy.
According to educator Malcolm Knowles, there are 6 assumptions that you can hold in your mind while you are creating curriculum that is relevant and engaging for your adult learners. I’ve summarized these 6 assumptions here in this image:
Do these assumptions ring true to your experience? Do you implement any of them into your curriculum?
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Rick Henderson is a university instructor with over 20 years experience teaching adult learners. He received his Masters on Education in 2020, and enjoys researching topics related to adult learning and creativity.
I’ve never really like the term human capital to refer to the people that work in an organization. Human power is definitely a resource that any organization needs to sustain itself, there’s no doubt about that.
This article by Mike Hruska, President and CEO of Problem Solutions along with Phil Antonelli — now a senior learning manager at RNA Group in Denver — discusses mobile devices to collect performance data as well as xAPI — an experience application programming interface for learning analytics which could replace SCORM.
There is definitely a lot of talk about today’s eclipse, and this info is probably coming to you a bit late but there is a simple way to view the total solar eclipse (or in my region of Canada, it will be a partial solar eclipse).
My wife and I used this technique for the partial eclipse that was visible in Waterloo a couple of years ago (2014 I think).
To view the eclipse without special equipment, you simply need a piece of paper or thin cardstock such as a business card or even a cereal box.
Poke a hole in the centre of the card.
This is not for looking through! It is used to create a projection of the sun and moon’s shadow onto another card or even a wall if you have one in the right position.
Keep your back to the sun.
Light from the sun will shine through the hole and onto a surface such as a wall or another card or sheet of paper.
Take a photo or trace the image.
This would be a great way to demonstrate the eclipse to children in a classroom or as a keepsake for your kids.