I’m currently working on the development of a week-long course to be delivered in June, to about 16 European ‘partner’ delegates. The course will take place in Leeds (so not far for me to go then!) and investigate theories that underpin adult learning. It will also introduce participants to the potential of Web 2.0 for enhancing the learning process.
I thought I’d make a few notes here; not just for my benefit – but for the benefit of anyone who’s interested (after all my notes need not be secret).
Much of what I will personally deliver is scattered around my various laptops and memory media, but what I’m noting here is what my co-presetner will lead on. I’m making sure that all my revision notes are in one place!
I’m not working alone, it’s not my project, but I’ve been asked along to help – partly for my T & L knowledge but mainly for my ‘e’ knowledge.
Day 2 is an interesting day with lots of input and activities around various theoretical approaches to adult learning:
Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs (above) is just one. We will also be investigating:
- Blooms Taxonomy
- KOLB’s cycle of experiential learning and KOLB’s learning styles
- Gagne’s 9 events of instruction
- ARCs model of motivation
- Hertzberg’s motivation-hygiene theory
The idea will be to introduce the theories and to set active-learning tasks for the participants to develop a deeper understanding of how the various theories interlock.
For example ARCS v Gagne
Attention Matches Gagne’s 1) Gain attention
Relevance Could match 2) Inform learners of objectives + 3) Stimulate recall of prior learning and 4) Present the content – all of which could be designed to ensure relevance.
Confidence Could come from 5) the provision of “learning guidance”, 6) the actual performance of practice which enhances the ‘encoding and verification of learning. 7) Feedback – if given positively also helps confidence
Satisfaction Might be gained from the satisfactory 8) assessment of performance. 9) Retrieval and generalisation of the new skill can then be applied to a new situation.
Anyway – must get on …