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

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