This is your invitation to join in one of the more important functions in life: passing on knowledge and skills to others. Whether you want to teach others or currently teach others in any setting, formally or informally, this course is for you. The Teaching Adults Digital Badge will give you the fundamental and advanced information you can use to improve your teaching. The lead instructor is the author of How to Teach Adults, the best-selling book on the subject. The ebook version of How to Teach Adults is included in the course.
Login information will be sent to your email address three days prior to the start of class.
About Your Instructors
William A. Draves is an internationally recognized teacher, author and consultant in adult learning. He is author of How to Teach Adults, the most popular book on the subject with more than 100,000 sales. Draves is the most-quoted expert on lifelong learning by the nation’s media, and teaches in-person courses and online courses in both informal and formal settings.
Course OutlineUnit 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
-Sensory learning styles
-Gender learning styles
-Neurological learning styles
-The cohort experience
-Understanding generational differences
-How Baby Boomers learn
-How Gen X and Gen Y learns
-Preparing the Course
-Goals, objectives, and end results
-Amount of material to cover
-Slant or approach, a range of ways to approach your subject
-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
-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
-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
-Measuring results and learning
-Using the web in face-to-face courses
-Improving your course, every time
-Learning and teaching in the 21st century
Learner OutcomesAt the end of successfully completing the course, you will:
Possess the knowledge of how adults learn, how learning styles impact learning, and how to best help others learn.
Know the keys to preparing a course, involving your participants, and leading a discussion.
Get the most advanced, how-to tips and techniques on presenting, using audio-visuals, and other learning tools.
Have an understanding of how use the web in face-to-face courses, how to develop continual improvement of one’s teaching, and how learning and teaching will be different in the 21st century.
- To provide an understanding of how adults learn, and the characteristics of adults that impact their learning
- To address the issue of learning styles, including sensory, generational and neurological learning styles
- To provide information on both the fundamentals of good teaching, and advanced techniques
- To give participants strategies for preparing in-person courses, teaching face-to-face courses and improving one’s teaching.