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3 Tips to Personalize Online Learning

Designing and teaching an online course for students of any age is an exciting endeavor. While you may not meet the students in person, there are three fairly simple steps you can take to quickly begin to learn about the nuances of each student,…

It’s A Matter of Principles 3 and 4: Learning Needs to be Relevant and Problem-Centered

Adults are practical, even when it comes to learning. To engage them, ensure your instruction is both relevant and problem-centered.

Wonder in the Library

What do you wonder? As a school librarian, this is a question I ask my students on a regular basis. Last year, we collected our K-5 students’ wonders and posted them in the library on a large sheet of blue paper. Slowly, our collections…

It’s a Matter of Principle 2: Mistakes ARE Good!

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Adult learners bring a wealth of experience – including mistakes – to any learning experience. Learn how to harness their experience and errors in designing instruction.

It’s a Matter of Principle 1: “Please Involve Me!”

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Adult learners need to be involved in the planning of their instruction. Soliciting their feedback is a great way to involve them.

Adult Learners 101

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Teaching with adults IS different than teaching younger learners – in fact the whole field of andragogy is dedicated to the art and science of how adults learn.

Instructional Design Matters: Here’s Why

While it was not always the case, the field of instructional design brings the same level of thoughtful decision making to the process of crafting instruction and education. All educators make hundreds of choices during their work with learners, and many of these choices ‘work’ for the seasoned instructor.