Watching These Videos Makes New Adult Ed Practitioners More Knowledgeable

You are a new adult ed teacher and you want to develop your teaching skills.

Like most good adult ed teachers you want to do an excellent job. You want to connect better with your learners. You want to plan and teach meaningful lessons.

And yes, at some point, you also want to get good teaching positions. 

But here’s the thing … if you want to become a competent adult ed teacher, you need to know how adult students learn best.

So let me be clear: You don’t have to be an expert in adult learning theory. But knowing the basics will set you apart. Help you make better planning decisions. Make you a better learning facilitator.

Let’s be real. You don’t need to wait for anyone to teach you the basics. You can learn them on your own. Yes, you read that right.

How...? I am glad you ask.

Below is a series of videos on adult learning theory that will benefit you as a teacher. They are simple and straight to the point.  

Are you ready to do some learning? Grab a notebook and a pen (or a pencil if you like). And let’s get started.

Andragogy & Adult Learning Theory 

1- This 14 minute-video on Andragogy tells everything you need to know about adult learning. It covers the 6 adult learning principles, that can take your planning and teaching decisions to a new heights.

2- This 8 minute video reviews the 6 principles of adult learning and takes you deeper into the characteristics of adult Learners. Knowing this stuff will help you understand adult students better.

3- But you may wonder: how do I actually teach. This is a good segue into this next  8-minute-video that details seven instructional strategies. The teaching techniques will make you a rockstar (a rockstar instructor- you know what I mean).

If I were you, I’d watch this video at least 10 times till the strategies sticks in my brain.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) &  The Adult Classroom

1- What is UDL anyway? This video provides a definition and some explanation. It presents the ABC of UDL in 5 minutes.  

2- This 5 minutes video describes the UDL Guidelines and how it should be implemented.

3- Do you want to foster students engagement in your classroom? This 16 minute- video is a must watch. It shows how UDL can help create an engaging classroom environment.  

4- Ok now let’s look at how you can make your content more accessible. Need a strategy? Check out this 4 minute UDL video. It details how to effectively introduce new materials.

5- What about assessing your learning? This next 5 minute-UDL video describes how to create opportunities for learners to articulate their understanding of the content covered in class.

6- Is your classroom culturally diverse? No problem. This last UDL video shares strategies on how to effectively work with culturally diverse learners. Guess what? It only lasts 5 minutes. 

Cognitive Science & The Adult Classroom

First off, why should you care about cognitive science away? It’s the quintessential of learning science.

It’s the study of how the mind works and how the brain processes information. Well,

This 6 minute-video will tell how using the principles of cognitive science can make your teaching more effective and efficient.  

To Wrap Up

Finally, watching those videos will teach so much about adult learners. You’ll gather insights that will give you more authority in the field of adult ed. 

And guess what? This learning is a win-win situation. Your students learn better and you become a more indispensable teacher. What more could you ask for?

What comments do you have?

Thanks in advance for commenting and sharing this post in your adult ed network.

The coach

Teddy Edouard is a Learning Consultant & an Instructional Coach with a passion for Teaching, Learning, and Cognitive Science. He is on a mission to help institutions, teachers, and training professionals maximize the effectiveness of their instructional and non-instructional interventions. Teddy translates adult learning theories and other research into ready-to-use classroom teaching tips and strategies for the benefits of adult learners and instructors.

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