This is your invitation to teach others in-person and join in one of the more important functions in life - passing on knowledge and skills to others. It is both an opportunity and a responsibility. Whether you want to teach others or currently teach others, in any setting, either formally or informally, this course is for you. We will give you both the fundamental and advanced information to improve your teaching. Your lead instructor is author of How to Teach Adults, the best-selling book on the subject. The ebook version is included in the course.
Two month course, William A. Draves and Kassia Dellabough, instructors.
Unit 1. How Adults Learn
-Emotional characteristics, self-image as key
-Physical characteristics and your physical surroundings
-Mental characteristics, adults display a readiness to learn
-Social characteristics, learners’ experiences, schooling, and prior experience
-Keys to helping adults learn
Unit 2. Tackling Learning Styles
-Sensory learning styles
-Gender learning styles
-Neurological learning styles
Unit 3. Generational Learning Styles
-The cohort experience
-Understanding generational differences
-How Baby Boomers learn
-How Gen X and Gen Y learns
Unit 4. How to Prepare for your Course
-Preparing the Course
-Goals, objectives, and end results
-Amount of material to cover
-Slant or approach, a range of ways to approach your subject
Unit 5. Discovering and Involving Your Participants
-Finding out more about your participants
-The First Class, why this meeting is critical, ice breakers
-How to involving your participants
-The Teachable Moment, a special time when you let go for awhile
Unit 6. Ways to Vary Your Teaching Techniques
-Modes of teaching, different formats for various situations
-Tips on how to leading a good discussion
-How to ask a good question - one of the most overlooked skills
-Making small group activities successful
-Energizing your physical learning environment
Unit 7. Great Presentation Techniques
-Surprising do’s and don’ts of presenting
-Advanced presentation techniques
-Teaching tools, including audio-visuals
-Handouts that really zing
-Learning mediums, extra special touches to enhance learning
Unit 8. Improving Your Teaching
-Measuring results and learning
-Using the web in face-to-face courses
-Improving your course, every time
-Learning and teaching in the 21st century
About online learning
Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. You will engage with the instructor and other participants. You will get to know your instructor and other participants. You may make friends. It’s easy. It’s fun.
How the Course Works
It is easy to participate in your online course. After you register, you will be given a web address to go to get into your online classroom. You will have a password and use your email address and password to gain access.
Once inside the online classroom, here’s what you can expect.
Participate when you want
You can participate any time of day or evening. The online classroom is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
There are no live real-time requirements or meetings. You decide when you participate.
For the best learning, participants should log into the course on 2-3 different days of the week.
What you will do
For each Unit, you will:
Readings are assigned for each day from the textbooks provided at registration.
Have the option of accessing the online readings
Listen to the audio presentation for the Unit and view the slides
Have the option of taking a self-quiz to see how much you have learned
Engage in written online discussion with your instructor and other participants
For best learning, you should make one or more comments at 2-3 different times each day, since it is a week long course.
The content (readings, audio lectures, slides) and self quizzes are accessible for the entire course, so you can work ahead, or go back and review again, at your convenience.
The Discussion for each Unit lasts one week. All comments are made in writing and can be made at any time of the day or night.
Your instructor will log into the Discussion area at least once a day and answer questions, make comments, and respond to comments by you and the other participants.
We encourage you to make 2-3 comments each day to maximize your learning and enjoyment of the course.
It’s easy. It’s fun.