We focussed our discussion on how our roles and responsibilities will change as we take on more teaching/training responsibilities in the future, specifically in relation to the application of our learnings to date
Eric has found it interesting how adult learners will challenge instructors today. He finds adult learners will question why they need to learn concepts and basic theories and that they have more questions about how the concepts will be applied in real life. This is very supportive of Knowles assumptions of adults’ learners as stated on page 47 of (Merriam and Bierema, 2014)
Eric plans to apply Knowles’ assumptions about adult learners by shifting the way he lectures through less of a Pedagogy approach and using more Andragogy. Historically the students would come to class, he would present the materials, and then the students would leave to complete the work at home. By shifting his expectations of the students to have pre-reading completed prior to class and by increasing the basic materials/handouts that are given to the students he believes that more of the class can be focussed on increasing the depth of their newly acquired knowledge. This is not quite a “flipped classroom” as according to (EDUCAUSE 2012) but almost.
Another way Eric anticipates increasing his students’ knowledge will be through the use of guest speakers, people who are leaders currently practicing in the financial field, who successfully apply the concepts that Eric’s students are trying to grasp.
Eric shows great insight into what drives his students as they seek more knowledge. His article on “cookies” and “flipped classroom” concepts show a key ability to apply the theories we are learning in the day-to-day educational environment.
I look forward to reading more of Eric’s blogs as he continues to apply his learnings.
(E. Jinsan Yu/B. Holuboff, personal communication, June 17, 2016, 17:05)
EDUCAUSE (February 2012). 7 Things you should know about the flipped classroom.
Merriam, S., & Bierema, L., (2013), Adult Learning; Linking Theory and Practice,
San Francisco, Jossey-Bass
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