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  • 1. Hooking the Adult Learner Multimedia Approaches By Elizabeth G. Honaker
  • 2. Consider the following first-day scenario:
    • You prepare physically & mentally.
    • You assemble your materials.
    • You arrive early.
    • You organize your classroom.
    • You anticipate the arrival of your students.
    • You prepare to deliver the opening lecture.
    • You “hear” the following:
  • 3. “ I can’t pass your class.”
    • Various disguised messages:
    • “ I could never write well in high school.”
    • “ I can’t think past 7 p.m.”
    • “ My last instructor told me to quit on the first day.”
    • “ My children never give me a moment’s peace.”
    • “ I don’t understand poetry.”
  • 4. What to do?
    • Ignore them.
    • Smile a lot.
    • Hope for the best.
    • Refer them to the syllabus.
    • Pretend they said something else.
    • Act hard of hearing.
  • 5. OR: Get ’em H-O-O-K-E-D
    • Hopeful
    • Optimistic
    • Operative
    • Knowledgeable
    • EDucated
  • 6. Aims of this Presentation
    • This presentation will explore an understanding of adult learners with certain learning problems.
    • We will delve into some of the psychology involved in reaching adult learners positively.
    • I will suggest things I have done with media to overcome some of the problems we explore.
  • 7. Why talk about being HOPEFUL?
    • Some adult learners feel like “also-rans.”
    • Some are facing opposition at home.
    • Some are experiencing problems at work.
    • Some remember bad high school experiences.
    • Some have a history of disorganized learning behaviors.
  • 8. Ways to instill HOPE
    • Focus them on what they can do.
    • Insert into your class time some activity that they suggest doing.
    • Ask their opinion on how to cover a topic.
    • Take two minutes to talk to them about home life before or after class.
  • 9. Multimedia Approaches
    • Use a website to explain a concept (such as the OWL at Purdue).
    • Have a librarian give an e-library talk on the first day.
    • Discuss personal scheduling techniques in MS Outlook.
    • Set up email access between you and your students.
    • Show an excerpt from a DVD related to your first-day topic.
    • Pass around a book, album or scrapbook related to your topic.
  • 10. Why talk about being OPTIMISTIC?
    • Some adult learners have learned the “victim” approach to life.
    • Some have a history of problems:
    • Health – Family – Job – Social
    • Some are worried that their degree will not benefit them.
    • Some are taking your course “because they have to.”
  • 11. Ways to foster OPTIMISM
    • Show passion for your subject – it’s catching!
    • Tell an inspiring personal story.
    • Give a second chance.
    • Be open about failure.
    • Offer recovery tactics.
    • Remind them: “What would Granny say?”
  • 12. Multimedia Approaches
    • Have student-led O.H.T. summaries.
    • Invite one-minute reflections at the beginning of class.
    • Encourage and praise student searches on databases for material related to class.
    • Have students “pass it forward.”
    • Use a poster or two that instructs or challenges.
    • Use an artifact or two that is funny.
    • Use a song that inspires.
  • 13. Why talk about OPERATIVE?
    • Some adult learners have no idea how to organize their time.
    • Some are preoccupied with household chores.
    • Some are entangled in unhelpful habits.
    • Some are not forward thinkers.
    • Some panic at the slightest problem.
  • 14. Encourage OPERATIONS
    • Demonstrate what success looks like from previous class.
    • Bring a cheap paperback library to class of “how-to” books & loan them out.
    • Take time to plan strategies with uncertain students.
    • Be accessible on certain days each week – cell phone, email, etc.
  • 15. Multimedia Approaches
    • Suggest general ways to stay focused:
    • Associate work with reward.
    • Advocate the students have a pleasing & relaxed study area.
    • Use bookmarks as check-off lists.
    • Create attractive associations with your classroom:
    • “ Redecorate” quickly.
    • Play “Mozart Music.”
    • Place materials strategically
    • Welcome the students with food.
  • 16. Financing Multimedia Approaches
    • Make your laptop versatile.
    • Buy second-hand books & DVD’s for class.
    • Recycle “stuff.”
    • Be creative with storage space.
    • Buy bargains at Staples.
    • Make friends with your nearby computer techno-geek.
    • Nag the “powers that be” about technological advances.
  • 17. How can my students become KNOWLEDGEABLE?
    • Access the adult’s experience – set aside time to let the student talk .
    • Find ways to plug into the adult’s knowledge base at home, on the job, etc.
    • Encourage students to become a “resident expert” – seminars, mini-lectures, etc.
    • Fun Facts to Know and Tell (no test!)
  • 18. Multimedia Approaches
    • Wherever possible, advocate “whatever works” for the student.
    • Schedule certain times when you can be available by phone to explain or reassure.
    • Assign “study buddies” wherever possible.
    • Encourage the student’s exploration of your topic, however small.
    • Encourage audio books if possible.
    • Encourage trips to labs or other on-campus resources.
    • Give your student permission to be creative.
  • 19. How EDUCATED is educated?
    • Define “educated” in your own setting.
    • Allow some flexibility in goals.
    • Reinterpret a student’s feedback in light of curriculum standards.
    • Assess strictly but fairly.
  • 20. Multimedia Approaches
    • Go off on a tangent (once in awhile!).
    • Bring in a suggested movie & show an excerpt during break.
    • Listen to a student’s musical contribution.
    • Share the baby pictures.
    • Share the sad stories.
    • Share how-to advice (like changing tires).
    • Share Fun Facts to Know and Tell off the internet.
    • Share new food!
  • 21. Crossing the Finish Line
    • Foster the “Friend at the Finish” mentality.
    • Celebrate that hard-won B with an e-card.
    • The “extra mile” pays off with a stadium of smiles.
    • Go fishing for good memories!
  • 22. Get ’em HOOKED
    • Passion
    • Accessibility
    • Reinvention
    • Inclusion
    • Acknowledgement
    • Fun Facts to Know and Tell
    • Lots of bait!
    • Cheap paperbacks
    • Packets & handouts
    • O.H.T. notes
    • Picture albums
    • Power Point
    • DVD presentations
    • Email
    • Cell phone