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    • Hooking the Adult Learner Multimedia Approaches By Elizabeth G. Honaker Return to Proceedings
    • 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:
    • “ 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.”
    • 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.
    • OR: Get ’em H-O-O-K-E-D
      • Hopeful
      • Optimistic
      • Operative
      • Knowledgeable
      • EDucated
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.”
    • 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?”
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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!)
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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!
    • 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!
    • Get ’em HOOKED
      • TEACHING:
      • 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