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5 Tips To Bridge The Technology Gap Faced By Adult Learners

As seen on http://elearningindustry.com/5-tips-bridge-technology-gap-faced-adult-learners When an adult makes a conscious decision to start studying again, especially after a reasonable time away from learning, chances are they are going to run into some technology challenges they’d never encountered before. Here is how to bridge the technology gap faced by your adult learners. This article follows on from my previous article 5 Technology Challenges Faced By Adult Learners where I’ve summarized the main points that adult learners could face when learning with technology. So, how do educators adapt their delivery to help adult learners facing these technology challenges? Here are 5 things that I believe an educator can use to bridge the technology gap with adult learners: Know your stuff. You can’t help someone if you don’t know yourself! As an educator you need to have a good grasp on the technology you’re going to use. Don’t be scared to try new things and new software. What’s the worst that can happen? (as long as you’ve backed up!). Get on to social media, RSS feeds and Blogs. Follow and keep up with technology, it’s not as daunting as you think. Identify. Ask the questions of your students and learn to identify what your students do and don’t know. You can’t always assume that your students know everything. Ask questions like “Can I email you this link?” or “Have you tried searching Google for it?” and gauge their response. This will give you a great insight into their knowledge and provide you with a starting point. Bring it down. Enough of the jargon! […]

EdPuzzle – Edit, crop, record audio and add questions to just about any video online and allow students to participate in virtual classrooms.

EdPuzzle is a website site that lets you take just about any video off the web, edit it down to the portions you want, add audio notes and questions for students, and create virtual classrooms where you can monitor individual student work. There is also an app that supports students to access the virtual classrooms and participate. I see this tool as a fantastic way to engage students as well capture some analytics to see how your students are tracking. It’s a very powerful tool that can be used for any type of formative assessment. I have set up a simple example in EdPuzzle that you can have a look at, it’s titled the Networked Student. This is a video that was shown to me in my early teaching years and struck a chord. With EdPuzzle I’ve added 3 simple questions to the video, all based on what was previously watched. The student is unable to skip to any part of the video until the question has been answered and once the student submits, there is instant feedback. This is configurable within your virtual classroom once you set it up. You will need to create an account, but it’s easy and FREE! Have a look at https://edpuzzle.com/assignments/5656381b6411c64d6ab0340a/watch and use the enrollments code: aQ7o0d Below is an example of the how an EdPuzzle can be embedded into a web page. Go and get your own account and start having a play! https://edpuzzle.com/   You can also find out a little bit more from Larry Ferlazzo at […]

Teaching adult learners how to ‘learn’

Having just sat on a on industry expert panel for vocational education, there were discussions around what the future of learning is. From a higher ed perspective, it was discussed that we should be teaching our learners HOW to learn. This is very previlant to our every changing industries. Chances are that when a student finishes their course, the content could be outdated, so they need to know how to continue learning. This got me thinking about how this would work with adult learners with technology. Knowing the challenges that adults face using technology to learn, how do you do this? How do you get an adult that is set in their ways of learning to learn to ‘learn’ again? This is a massive challenge for any trainer and it will come down to the relationship between the trainer and the student. Looking at the digital bLefs (http://juliandavis.com/digital-blefs/), all of these challenges need to be overcome to allow an adult learner to use technology on the future to continue learning.