Providing a program focus on design and technology for ce
Providing a program focus onDesign and TechnologyImplications for the students, the instructorsand the community
Program Objective Objective: Increase the understanding of technology among older adults using students to design and deliver learning materials.
Why Continuing Education? We are specialists in education We are trained in teaching the older learner Our potential products are superior to most of the options available for older adult learning, as we cater to the needs of the older adult We have turned the tide as a department, and are looking for innovation in our program which encourages brain healthy behavior.
Program design We would offer training through CE Students work in teams of 4 – 6 people, under close supervision of CE instructor, determine topic, learning objectives and method of delivery, finally developing learning materials for older adults which are relevant, engaging and educational. Topics would be those which help older adults to use technology to communicate with family and in the community.
Qualities of instruction Designed for adult learners Delivered in chunks to conserve working memory Information taught as needed (i.e. not all things at once) Slow, clear instruction with practice Project based learning most effective Team approach insures maximum participation
Rationale Alone, we are limited by time and resources. With a team, we can use the strengths of the team. This would allow students to specialize in a particular aspect of instructional design, making design more efficient and effective. As students become more proficient, they can help with additional instructional design
Potential rewards Students develop skills which may be useful in gaining occupation, paid or unpaid Materials created can be taught within the community, or using online methods Students can teach materials in small groups such as libraries and community centers Develop a pool of students who are willing to help at technology events and other tutoring experiences.
Part of a bigger picture This training is part of The Ambassador Corp Program, a project which is a collaboration among members of the Technology Coalition Steering Committee, developed to improve computer literacy within the older adult community. Continuing Education is part of this committee, as is AIS, San Diego Futures Foundation, Aldea@Home, and other companies focused on the older adult.
Program design Offer class as a distance learning class Allow for enrollment anytime Require a 50 hour commitment Include face to face, virtual and independent learning Project based (team will develop materials) Teams can be set up by students, or by instructor Include students from around county
For more information A one page schematic of Ambassador program: http://tinyurl.com/6rlg5fw An introduction to the Ambassador Corps: http://tinyurl.com/6m2gr98
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